Common Ground Outdoor Adventures' mission is to provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. We provide adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers. These experiences reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential. Our trips are not only accessible physically but also financially.
Common Ground was founded in 1993 as an AmeriCorps*VISTA project. In 1997 the organization incorporated as a private non-profit and has grown to serve well over 2,400 people with disabilities annually. It is funded primarily by private foundations, corporate donations, special events, and individuals. Common Ground seeks to increase the accessiblity of recreation and discover creative new ways to access wild places. Common Ground provides adaptive equipment and support which enables people with disabilities to participate in recreation and outdoor adventures. By crossing perceived limitations individuals gain self-confidence, which carries over into the quest for meaningful employment, the pursual of relationships, and active participation in community life. All outdoor activities include discussions, activities or presentations that foster appreciation and respect of the natural environment