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Image shows a woman facing away from the camera looking out on a view of a lake and hills from her campsite. She is seated in a manual wheelchair. There is a grey Access Trax pathway and an orange tent.
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October 2020

Hello friends,

This is a very special edition of the newsletter as we celebrate 4 years since the invention of the Access Trax pathway! The company and product have come a long way and it wouldn't have been possible without your support. Join CEO Kelly as she shares special moments from the journey so far!

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to talk by email or phone. We're happy to help you with your accessibility and inclusion needs. Hope to hear from you soon! Happy Holidays!

Special 4 Year Anniversary Video

A short but powerful video showcasing the evolution of Access Trax over the years.
October 1st marked the 4 year anniversary of inventing the Access Trax portable pathway system. Co-founders Kelly & Eric tested their first hand-made pathway prototype at a WSA surfing event in Ocean Beach, California. The two occupational therapy students had set out to solve the problem of sand and other outdoor terrain being a barrier to people who use wheelchairs. Inspired by adaptive surfers, it was only natural to test out their design at a surf competition to get feedback.

On that hot, sunny day, OT students from the assistive technology class gathered to help move two 10-foot sections of hand-made pathway down hundreds of feet of sand to the event area. As the adaptive surfers wheeled down one section of path in their wheelchair, students would move the other section out in front in a "leap frog" fashion. Kelly and Eric learned two things that day: the pathway concept worked, and the adaptive surfers wanted more of it. "That's when we knew this had to be developed into a scalable product to empower millions of people around the world to access the outdoors," Kelly recalls.
 
"That's when we knew this had to be developed into a scalable product to empower millions of people around the world to access the outdoors,"
 
The journey from a hand-made design to a final product certainly wasn't easy. It involved thousands of dollars on prototype design and manufacturing, launching the company in 2018, and continuing product development based on feedback from users. In an effort to pay homage to the process and celebrate the progress, Kelly has made a special video montage featuring never before seen footage from the early days. We could never have gotten this far without the support of our family, friends, customers, and partners. Thank you to each and every one of you! We look forward to many more years of innovation as we continue the mission of empowering people to access the outdoors and recreation.
 
We look forward to many more years of innovation as we continue the mission of empowering people to access the outdoors and recreation.
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Access Trax Sponsors 2020 Rollettes Experience

Access Trax sponsored this year's Rollettes Experience Virtual LIVE global event on October 10th & 11th. The Experience is hosted by Chelsie Hill and the Rollettes, a dance team made up of amazing women who just happen to use wheelchairs. Women of all abilities from around the world came together online to participate in seminars on working out, stretching, makeup and dance classes, plus incredible guest speakers such as international disability rights advocate Judy Heumann and Tony Award winner Ali Stroker.

Rollettes Experience Virtual Live featured trailblazing women with disabilities who are leaders and entrepreneurs across a diverse array of organizations. This event inspired attendees to harness the power they can unleash, and to discuss the need to shatter societal barriers. To learn more about the event, check out the website here.

Kelly and Access Trax support the mission of the Rollettes and will continue to support events and initiatives that empower people to live up to their full potential.
Watch our special sponsorship video which aired at the 2020 Rollettes Experience!

Access Trax Works With SDG&E and ABC Studios

Image shows Access Trax pathway set up over sand at a private beach near a cliff. There are small vehicles parked near the pathway. This is at a Grey's Anatomy filming location.
While 2020 has certainly been a challenging year requiring many pivots, it has also provided many opportunities. Two new exciting customers include ABC Studios, specifically Grey's Anatomy, and southern California's premier utility company, SDG&E. You might be wondering how Access Trax could serve these two companies. It turns out that portable pathways are not just useful for ADA compliance. A firm and stable surface makes any outdoor area more accessible, including for the transport of heavy equipment.

The film crew for the hit TV show Grey's Anatomy, now in its 17th season, discovered Access Trax this fall. They are renting the pathway for their beach filming to make it easier to move their film equipment, cast and crew over the soft sand. Alternatives to the pathway have been heavy steel plates and even cardboard which are either too heavy or not reusable. Access Trax makes for an efficient way to set up for an outdoor film location!
Image shows Kelly taking a selfie with 3 SDG&E team members behind her. One of them is seated in a forklift. They are on gravel.
Kelly tested Access Trax with forklifts at SDG&E.
San Diego Gas & Electric operates forklifts at different outdoor substations that have sand, dirt, and loose gravel. When the tires of their forklifts can't get traction, they get stuck and cost the company time and money waiting for another machine to come pull them out. Kelly tested the Access Trax pathway with their heavy equipment over gravel and it turns out to work great! Over the long run, this should save man hours and money for SDG&E and we are proud to work with them.
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See Why Channing Loves Her Trax!

Adaptive athlete and outdoor enthusiast Channing shares what she uses her Access Trax for.

Recent Reviews

Image shows Kevin- a man seated in his power wheelchair wearing sunglasses and board shorts- and Dee- a woman sitting on a towel in her black one-piece bathing suit to the left of Kevin. They are at the beach and facing away from the camera, towards the blue water. Kevin's wheelchair is on top of the grey Access Trax pathway.
Couple Kevin and Dee, also known as the "Accessible Adventurers," use their Access Trax at the beaches in Canada. Check out the photo above!
 
"This product changed our lives this summer, enabling my partner who is a power wheelchair user and myself to go to almost any beach, whenever we wanted." -Dee
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San Diego Rising Star Award Results

Image shows a headshot of Kelly on the left (she is smiling wearing an olive green blouse. There is a bright pink and orange backdrop) and text on the right, "I'm a finalist! Rising Star Award."
Kelly was recently nominated as a finalist for the 15th annual NAWBO BRAVA Awards in the Rising Star category. The National Association of Women Business Owners is a unified voice for the over 10 million female entrepreneurs in the U.S. Each year, nominees are selected for various categories including Women Business Owner of the Year and many others.

The virtual live BRAVA Awards show was the evening of October 23rd. The nominee with the most votes in the Rising Star category was the deserving Emily Goodson, CEO of CultureSmart. Emily helps leaders scale the workplace culture in away that drives the bottom line and a "people first" mentality. Congrats, Emily!
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