NEW FILM: Surf, find community with AccesSurf
Team Trust Productions, LLC., is excited to release its short film on the sense of community created by AccesSurf.
AccesSurf is a adaptive surfing nonprofit in Hawaii, and they host clinics and competitions to help persons with disabilities experience the ocean in new ways.
We tagged along at its Hawaii Adaptive Surfing Championship (HASC) to capture not only the competition, but the felt sense of belonging AccesSurf creates among its participants.
To learn more AccesSurf and its programs, visit its website.
Our CEO on Disabled People and Survival in College
Ryan Wilson on one of the top concerns for persons with disabilities in a Concept3D podcast interview.
Ryan: Why My Disability Is Great
By Ryan Wilson
Team Trust CEO
Having a disability has taught me many lessons.
For one, I have learned to respect and embrace my body.
My body, I believe, “speaks loudly” when I do not take care of it: I may hurt, I may be sick, or, yes, I may be grouchy.
More than that, my disability has taught me how to trust myself and others.
The reality is, persons with disabilities need a little more help sometimes.
We all need help every now and then, but there are things disabled people just physically can’t do.
For example, I cannot do jumping jacks, or else I will break bones. I also cannot lift heavy objects for similar reasons.
I used to rely on person assistants for help with my daily activities.
They were college students, and had a number of tasks.
But they broke my trust many times.
While that did hurt, even literally, I never lost my trust in humanity.
I trust people want to help.
I trust they want to be kind.
I trust we all have hearts.
This trust in others and trust in human kindness is why we gave Team Trust its name.
As I learned firsthand, trust is synonymous with confidence, belief and love.
When we trust ourselves and each other, we are a team with ourselves and with others.
Every client, worker and helper bee of Team Trust, is a part of our team.
And together, we are stronger.
Because we Trust.
That’s why I am glad I have a disability.
Happy Thanksgiving From Team Trust
I hope you all are well. This is Ryan Wilson, director of Team Trust.
I wanted to personally thank each of you for helping Team Trust reach our current heights. Whether you helped us with a shoot or we helped you tell your story, we are very grateful … for each of you. I personally hope we made a difference in your lives in some way, shape or form this year. Each of you have done the same for me and our Team.
Interestingly, Team Trust started to take off after I regained consciousness earlier this year (https://teamtrustproductions.com/little-things/). That, I must admit, was unexpected, but it gave me many reasons to unplug — ahem, escape — from all those IVs as quickly and, sure, safely as possible.
Enjoy your day and family.
Reach out if we can ever be of any assistance, even if that’s buying you pizza. (We’ve got tasty connections!)R
Together, We Can Make A Difference
According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, there are 25.5 million Americans alone reported having “travel-limiting” disabilities (https://www.bts.gov/travel-patterns-with-disabilities). The same report, published in Jan. 21 of this year, stated that 3.6 Americans with said disabilities are housebound.
Yet, in 2018 and 2019, travelers with disabilities made an estimated 81 million trips, and spent $58.7 billion, according to the Open Doors Organization (https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/economic-impact-of-disability-travel-reaches-58-7-billion-301162417.html).
As they travel, they will encounter barriers in a world that some deem to be exclusive. Those barriers include, but are not limited, steps; lack of elevators; public transportation; inaccessible bathrooms; communication difficulties; and many more problems.
Our goal is to expand the awareness of disabled people, and help them see and feel an inclusive world. Barriers will exist regardless of their perspective on the world, but there are always solutions. We are working to revolutionize the travel experience for disabled people.
We have established relationships with leading architectural companies that specialize in ADA design across the country, and can serve any business, nonprofit, government agency looking to better understand the disabled experience.
Contact us today to make a big difference tomorrow.