What is Gateway?
Wilderness Inquiry shares the outdoors with everyone, including persons with intellectual and physical disabilities. Designed for adults with developmental disabilities, brain injuries, and other forms of cognitive disability, Gateway to Adventure (Gateway) is a program that helps people develop the skills they need to enjoy inclusive outdoor recreation activities.
On Gateway trips, participants are provided support so they can more easily learn and practice outdoor skills and social skills needed to have safe, enjoyable outdoor experiences. The goal of Gateway is to prepare individuals with cognitive disabilities to participate in integrated outdoor recreation activities, including Wilderness Inquiry’s trips, that include people with and without disabilities as peers.
Gateway to Adventure is designed for adults (18 and older) who :
- Have a developmental disability, brain injury, or other form of cognitive disability
- Are able to adapt to new environmental conditions
- Engage in socially appropriate conversations and behaviors with others (independently or with guidance from a PCA or trip staff)
- Are able to complete personal care needs – independently or with reminders or assistance from a PCA or trip staff
- Possess a level of curiosity about the world and other people
Gateway to Adventure provides support so that participants enhance and develop the skills needed to more fully participate in everyday life.
Sign up for a Gateway experience today!