Nerissa Cannon was selected by nonprofit No Barriers USA and Winnebago Industries Inc. to travel to the annual No Barriers Summit in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in an accessibility-enhanced motorhome.
According to a press release, Cannon’s road trip in the wheelchair-ready Adventurer 30T AE RV is being documented through the hashtags #JourneyToTheSummit, #SummitWithUs, and #WheelchairTravel among others, to highlight the importance of making nature and outdoor activities accessible to people of all abilities.
“When my mobility became restricted, I wasn’t sure if I would still be able to enjoy the outdoors in the same way I used to. It sent me into a terrible depression because that has always been such an important part of my life,” said Cannon. “Since getting involved with the No Barriers Summit, I’ve learned how to be creative in using what abilities I do have. I’m more active now than I ever have been. I am grateful to No Barriers and Winnebago for their commitment to helping people break down barriers, get outdoors, and reconnect with their communities.”
Cannon, her partner, Kelsom Owens, and her service dog, Cash, leave today (June 6) from Winnebago headquarters in Iowa to road trip to the No Barriers Summit in California. Following a send-off party from Winnebago, Cannon and crew are traveling through six states and visiting four national parks. They plan to arrive in Lake Tahoe, Calif., just in time to attend the No Barriers Summit.
Cannon and company are traveling in a new Winnebago Adventurer 30T AE. The RV features one of three standardized floor plans where 40% of the interior is specifically redesigned for wheelchair accessibility, compared to a standard coach. The new line of wheelchair-friendly models released earlier this year is based on the company’s 40 years of experience customizing its models for customer accessibility.
The standardization of floorplans includes the most commonly requested enhancements and can be further customized to meet an individual’s specific needs.
Winnebago and the Winnebago Industries Foundation also are providing support for No Barriers USA’s No Barriers Summit on June 13–15.