The WWALS Board passed a policy this Tuesday, May 11, 2021:
WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc, (WWALS) does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, or disability in purpose, activities, or actions.
This has been our practice all along; the Board merely decided to formalize it.
This WWALS policy also applies to Suwannee Riverkeeper, which is a project and a staff position of WWALS.
What does this policy mean for WWALS outings? Actually, not much different from what we have been doing all along. We have had people with various disabilities paddle with us before. We are happy to help people in and out of boats. That applies even to people whose legs fall asleep during a paddle.
Reed Bingham State Park East Boat Ramp (Dan Phillips), Gibson Park Boat Ramp (Bobby McKenzie)
The key is reasonable accommodation.
We describe the level of fitness required for any given outing, so people can decide whether they want to tackle it or not.
Some outings, such as the upcoming Big Shoals portage, up and down steep slippery banks around the biggest rapids on the Suwannee River, will require participants to be able-bodied. Continue reading