Disability and Inclusion in the Outdoors

Disability and Inclusion in the Outdoors


1:20 – 2:10 pm
Thursday 13th of July

Room: Spotted Gum

Tim Marchinton
Andrea Vela

Outdoors Victoria will be offering this session for outdoor activity providers and other members of the outdoor sectors to gain knowledge on how organisations can be more inclusive and accessible to people with a lived experience of disability -focusing this time on physical disabilities.

The session will be focused on sharing challenges and opportunities within your organisation around inclusivity. It will introduce people to the newly released “Welcoming people who live with a physical disability into your program” toolkit that Outdoors Victoria led along 20+ individuals from all different parts of the disability and outdoors sector.

About the Presenters

Tim loves sharing adventure with young people and believes in the magic of Adventure Based Experiential Learning (ABEL) in a camp environment.   He began focusing his career specifically on working with children living with a chronic or life-threatening illness in 1992.

He has delivered adventure therapy programs to children in 40 countries and, during his career, has held recreation management positions all over the world.

In 2002, he founded Purple Soup to provide challenging activity-based programs for children and their families affected by serious illness. These programs are designed to rebuild confidence, self-esteem, trust and courage in a safe, fun and supportive environment.

Tim holds a BA in Recreation Management,  a Post Grad in Adolescent Counselling and instructor qualifications in many outdoor pursuits.

Andrea is the project lead for the Disability and Inclusion in the Outdoors project at Outdoors Victoria. For over a year, Andrea has been working alongside 20+ organisations in the disability space to improve the participation of people living with physical disabilities in outdoor recreation activities.

Besides her project lead role, Andrea has worked for over two years in the outdoors sector in her Communications role for Outdoors Victoria. Andrea has worked for over 12 years developing marketing and communications plans and strategies within the nonprofit and private in other service-based industries, including aged care, community services, leisure/recreation, tourism, media and advertising.

Andrea holds a BA in Marketing, which she did in her home country, Mexico. She also holds an MBA, which she finished at La Trobe University Melbourne as part of an international exchange program and a scholarship she won from the Complutense University in Spain.

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