Thoughts from Kathy Ambrosini, Director at Mohonk Preserve in New York

July 14, 2017

Calvert Consult is based at Calvert Trust Kielder and is our highly experienced team of Consultants and Senior Consultants that advise on the creation of best-in-class outdoor adventure experiences for people with disabilities, worldwide.

As such, we love reading how other people around the world address the same challenges that we do.

Kathy Ambrosini is Director of Education at the Mohonk Preserve in New Paltz, N.Y. and has over 25 years of experience in the field of environmental education. She is also the originator of the NatureAccess® program, begun in 1994 to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in outdoor activities and programming.

In 2006, Kathy received the Beyond the Letter of the Law award for her commitment in providing access to environmental education and the outdoors from the Resource Center for Accessible Living.

This short story on our blog contains excerpts from Kathy’s article, “Kids with Social, Emotional and Physical Disabilities Go Outside!” first published in December 2014.

Kathy states:

"As the mother of a child with autism and a professional outdoor educator, I’ve worked with thousands of kids with disabilities and have seen, firsthand, the powerful effects that the world outside can offer them."

Kathy goes on to say:

"Whether you’re sharing the outdoors with an individual, family, social or school group, it’s exciting to watch these kids develop new coping strategies and shake loose the grip of their symptoms while they enjoy, explore, play and connect in nature.”

Here at Calvert Trust Kielder we have over 30 years of experience in this field. Nevertheless, we are learning all the time as we strive to look after our disabled guests, their friends and families better tomorrow than we do today.

And we agree with Kathy. The Calvert Trust Kielder offering really can help people with disabilities to tap into and develop an inter strength that is so valuable to them not only wten they are with us, but after they leave, too.

Read Kathy Ambrosini’s full article here.

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