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December 2019 - Wrapping up a Year to Remember

Is it December already!? Wishing everyone a safe and fun holidays and Happy New Year! We hope you get to spend some much needed time with family and friends. The Access Trax team is thankful for the opportunities to serve our community, share our story, participate in rad events, and connect with our customers, friends, partners, and supporters. Cheers to a new year full of positivity and adventure!

Our Mission and Vision

A woman using a wheelchair on the Beach Trax pathway leans down to touch the water at the beach during sunset with soft colors of blue, pink, and orange.

Mission

 
To empower people of all abilities to safely and easily access the outdoors and participate in sports and recreation.
 

Vision

 
We envision bringing communities together to help all gain access to any outdoor activity. Access Trax will be a leader in promoting inclusion and accessibility through product development, volunteerism, education, and advocacy. We will focus on providing innovative and cost-effective solutions for portable accessibility.
 

Progress


So far since 2018, Access Trax has volunteered at more than 25 events, educated more than 400 students of all ages aout accessibility and entrepreneurship, and advocated for improved accessibility at the community level within local government. We will continue to work tirelessly to achieve our mission and vision!

Makapo Aquatics Project Debuts Beach Trax

On November 9th, the Makapo Aquatics Project debuted their very own set of Beach Trax at the Newport Aquatic Center. This nonprofit provides outrigger paddling programs for differently abled people and their families and friends. The team wanted a way to improve accessibility across the sand to the water and promote greater inclusion. Within days of launching their fundraising campaign, they had reached their goal. We hope you enjoy this powerful video explaining the project and its benefits. We love their quote calling Beach Trax "The Pathway to Play!"
See how the Beach Trax pathway fits right in with the Makapo Aquatics programs.

Kelly Presents at the Each by Name Women's Conference

On November 9th, Kelly attended the Each by Name Women's Conference presented by Rolling with Me. Started by Margarita Elizondo just 4 years ago, this annual conference empowers women of all abilities to become strong leaders, participate in adaptive sports and recreation, learn valuable insight, and make lasting friendships. Kelly was a guest speaker focusing on her journey and insights as an Occupational Therapist and CEO of Access Trax. Kelly shared that throughout her journey, the themes of hope, perseverance, resilience, strength, and courage have been the most powerful. Being part of community events such as Each By Name are central to the Access Trax mission and Kelly looks forward to many more!
 

Beach Trax Around the World

We love seeing customer photos showing Beach Trax helping to make events and personal travel more accessible and enjoyable! Below you'll find images from Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the United States. Can you guess which is which?!
A Beach Trax pathway leading to the ocean from under a palapa cabana at a beach event.
A man in a blue hat wheeling himself down a Beach Trax pathway on a beach with palm trees in the background.
A Beach Trax pathway leading to water at a lake with an adaptive paddle board.
A pug using a dog wheelchair smiling on a Beach Trax pathway over sand with buildings and mountains in the background.

Beach Trax Price Update and 2019 Order Deadline

New grey Beach Trax panels with orange hinges standing upright against the wall.
Kelly kneeling over Beach Trax in the workshop, assembling the hinges.
At Access Trax, we are dedicated to providing innovative, safe, durable products made in the USA. In order to continue with this focus, we will be updating the price per panel Jan 1st 2020 by approximately 5% to $68 ($680/unit). This will help account for the increase in cost of raw materials that occurred in 2019, plus allow us to continue product development including researching sustainable materials as part of our long-term vision.
In order to take advantage of 2019 pricing, please request a quote and submit your order by December 10th. Kelly will be happy to answer any questions you may have and provide a custom quote including shipping. Access Trax will be closed from December 19-26 for the holidays to spend time with family. We want to deliver your order as soon as possible so you can use the Trax for your next outdoor event or adventure!
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Join Us at the Event: Make San Diego the Most Accessible Place in America!

 Come show your support for the community just in time for International Day for Persons with Disabilities at a press event! Join local organizations and businesses passionate about inclusion, and hear from the United Nations and the city and county's offices about their proclamation for improving accessibility. This is a great opportunity to connect with community members, government officials, and the media to show your support for inclusion!

The event begins at 10am at Waterfront Park downtown by the Guardian of Water sculpture. Representatives from various organizations will speak briefly in support of this proclamation, including Bettina Hausmann of the United Nations and Thyme Curtis, Executive Director of ADA Compliance at the City of San Diego. Don't miss out on this special event. Meet us at 9:45am- see you there!

 
Event Details

Women's Entrepreneurship Grant for $25,000 To be Announced in December

Thank you to everyone that has helped us earn votes for the Amber Grant competition. Your support throughout the Access Trax business journey means so much. We are honored to be alongside the 11 other innovative female-led companies in the running this year. The Amber Grant Award is made possible by WomensNet, and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs over their 20+ year history. WomensNet typically receives beween 300-500 applications each month for the award, so just being a finalist is a feat!

The year-end award winner criteria includes votes accumulated, the entrepreneur's passion, vision, and progress among other things. There are so many awesome businesses that the decision won't be easy for the judges. We will be sure to share whoever the winner is in our January newsletter!
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Beach Trax Quick Tips

For Sand:

  •  Grade the sand easily by taking a few stacked panels and drag across the surface walking backwards down the intended pathway
  • For high traffic or multi-day events, have a broom handy to sweep periodically (and before loading into the car!)
  • To secure a panel to the boardwalk temporarily, we recommend Gorilla Tape (available at Home Depot) since it sticks to concrete and the panels without leaving residue

For Grass, Dirt or Gravel:

  • To keep panels in place, you can use a gardening stake in the outer corners of the panels

For All Terrain:

  • It is best to have a double-wide path so people can easily pass each other
  • If you don't have enough panels to go double-wide down the whole path, connect 2 panels to the side every so often so people can pass each other
A Beach Trax panel over rock pavers in a driveway secured to the cement using black tape.
Beach Trax arranged in a platform on the beach with people.

Gurmilan Foundation Fundraising for Adaptive Surf Camps

Learn why Beto is working to fundraise for equipment like Beach Trax for their adaptive surf camps.
Recently, the Gurmilan Foundation launched a campaign to fundraise for safety and accessibility equipment for their adaptive surf camps hosted in Southern California and Mexico. These events are free and provide people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of surfing. Equipment needed includes the Beach Trax portable pathway and floating beach wheelchairs to assist with transfers in and out of the ocean. Access Trax is proud to work with the Gurmilan Foundation created by Humberto Gurmilan. To learn more about their campaign and donate, please click the link below.
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Testimonial Spotlight

Dave recently purchased his first set of Beach Trax and checked them as luggage (free of charge as assistive technology) on the plane ride to his beautfiul home in Costa Rica. He was excited to use the Trax to get to the water at Carrillo Beach. "You can go a long ways in very little time with just a few panels. It's so simple. Beach Trax is a wonderful innovation for people with mobility challenges." - Dave from Del Mar, California

Thank you for sharing your feedback and beautiful view with us, Dave!
Man in a blue baseball hat wheels down the Beach Trax pathway at a beach in Costa Rica.

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