Briana Gustafson is one of 20 educators who has been chosen to participate in the 2017 No Barriers Summit in California, June 1-4. All travel expenses, including lodging, airfare and meals are covered through the No Barriers Youth – Wells Fargo Global Impact Project.
According to the No Barriers Youth website, more than a thousand people will arrive in North Lake Tahoe, CA, June 1-4, for the 8th annual No Barriers Summit. Produced by national non-profit No Barriers USA, this annual festival brings together families, youth, educators, veterans, inventors, speakers, performers, and people with a wide range of disabilities. The diverse nature of the Summit’s attendees belies a common theme — the desire to overcome barriers. This year’s Summit intends to show participants that anything is possible.
After 4 days of inspirational storytelling, over 40 accessible activities, and high-tech presentations, No Barriers promises Summit attendees will leave transformed. “We gather people from all walks of life and inspire them to discover their full potential,” says No Barriers co-founder and world renowned blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer, whose new book “No Barriers” recently hit shelves. “The Summit challenges us all to step out of our comfort zones, try new things, and return home feeling empowered to never let barriers stop us.” Weihenmayer, who has been featured on the cover of TIME magazine, on HBO Real Sports, and is currently in demand on the corporate speaker circuit, will be featured during the Summit’s closing ceremonies. Also among the star-studded lineup of entertainment, Marlee Matlin will speak about her achievements as an Oscar-winning deaf actress and sign language advocate. Platinum recording artists X Ambassadors, whose keyboardist Casey Harris is blind, will give an intimate on-stage interview and acoustic performance.
“This fall, I will share what I’ve learned at the Summit and begin working with a small group of students from our district to bring the Global Impact Challenge to our school. The mission of this challenge is to help individuals with disabilities overcome barriers,” said Briana.