Adaptive Trail Mobility Equipment and Programming 101

This webinar will discuss adaptive recreation equipment and programming, as well as funding resources that can help facilitate equipment purchases and programming.

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April 11, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Want to learn more about adaptive trail equipment and adaptive recreation programming? We’re here to help! For many people with disabilities—particularly those not drawn to team-based or competitive sports—hiking and mountain biking offer exercise and recreation along with an opportunity to socialize with others. Why hiking in particular? Hiking provides powerful therapeutic and healing benefits, and is a productive and approachable entry point to other recreational opportunities. In this session we will discuss adaptive recreation equipment and programming. You’ll learn about adaptive mountain bikes and off-road wheelchairs that allow persons with disabilities the opportunity to explore and adventure beyond the pavement. This session will discuss various types of adaptive trail programs, from one-day hikes to year-round clinics. You’ll also learn about funding resources that can help facilitate equipment purchases and programming. This presentation covers both motorized and nonmotorized devices, used primarily on natural surfaces, but also applicable to paved surfaces.

Join GRIT and other speakers on a follow up webinar in May 2024 (or watch the recording): Building Adaptive Trail Programming: Lessons from the Field

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe best practices for creating inclusive outdoor recreation programming.
  • Outline the impact of outdoor recreation on the health of people with disabilities.
  • Discuss the types of adaptive equipment that create inclusive opportunities in outdoor recreation.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

Webinar Resources

Move United

GRIT (complete the form for recommended grants to purchase adaptive equipment)

Kelly Brush Foundation


City of Reno, Nevada



Webinar Partners


Tish Scolnik, Co-Founder and CEO, GRIT
Los Angeles, California

Tish Scolnik is the cofounder and CEO of GRIT, a mission-driven company that believes every person, regardless of their physical ability, deserves access to the outdoors and adventure. Tish began working on wheelchair design through an engineering course while she was a student at MIT. Today, riders all across the country use the GRIT Freedom Chair to enjoy the outdoors. Over the past decade Tish has collaborated with programs to expand access to adaptive hiking, including adaptive sports programs, parks, veterans organizations, community groups, and other like-minded partners. She enjoys sharing her love of the outdoors with her husband and their two sons.


April Wolfe, Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, City of Reno, Nevada
Reno, Nevada

After obtaining her Bachelor of Health Science and Recreation Therapy degree in Ontario, Canada, April Wolfe headed West to take a position as the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the City of Reno, Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. In her current role, April provides a balance of inclusive and adaptive recreation programs/services and acts as staff advisor on recreational components of the Americans with Disabilities Act. April has over 20 years’ experience providing support to persons with disabilities, disabled Veterans and disabled Members of the Armed Forces in Municipal Parks and Recreation environments and has worked as a Recreation Therapist at a respite/palliative care home for children. In her free time, April is the team manager and player on the Reno Ice Sled Hockey Club. She has given presentations to local services clubs, disability groups, internal staff, and at national conferences.


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Learning Credits and CEUs

American Trails is proud to be a certified provider of the following learning credits and continuing education opportunities:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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