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Discover Wisconsin Presents Special "Accessible Wisconsin" Episode June 22-23

June 13, 2013

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Mariah Haberman

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DISCOVER WISCONSIN PRESENTS SPECIAL “ACCESSIBLE WISCONSIN” EPISODE JUNE 22-23
Popular TV show covers top Wisconsin destinations for people with all abilities

WISCONSIN – (June 12, 2013) – In a special upcoming episode of Discover Wisconsin, the state’s top destinations for people with all abilities will be broadcasted across the Midwest. “Something for Everyone—Accessible Wisconsin” airs June 22-23 and will reach more than 250,000 viewers across the Midwest including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Upper Michigan.

Serving as tour guide and guest host is Jenny Addis, a motivational speaker and advocate for showing people of all abilities what Wisconsin offers to everyone. The show opens in Baraboo, Wis. at Mirror Lake State Park, which was the first state park to build a handicap-accessible cabin back in 1991. Since then, eight more accessible cabins have been built at other Wisconsin state parks. Addis explores other accessible features at state parks including an audio description device, adaptable kayaks, and special trails, boardwalks and grid systems that allow visitors access to their beaches and water features. Whitefish Dunes among others also make available a specialized beach wheelchair with large inflatable tires for easy rolling on the sand and into the water.

“The opportunity to work with Discover Wisconsin for this special episode is a dream come true. It just feels surreal to be a part of a program that is showcasing a topic relevant to millions of individuals,” said Jenny Addis, guest host for Discover Wisconsin. “I know firsthand the importance of accessibility and the independence and freedom it allows. That's huge!”

In the La Crosse and Onalaska area, a special organization is helping disabled and elderly people enjoy the outdoors free of charge, the North American Squirrel Association (NASA). It all started with squirrel hunting and now today the group regularly coordinates deer hunts, downhill skiing, bi-pedal biking, fishing, pheasant hunts and other special trips. They also provide special adaptive golf carts to area courses.

The Discover Wisconsin crew stops by an event hosted by Fishing Has No Boundaries, a national organization that was founded in Hayward, Wis. and whose goal is to open up the great outdoors for people with disabilities through the world of fishing. Established in 1986, Fishing Has No Boundaries now has more than 25 chapters in 14 states, eight of which are in Wisconsin.

Also featured in Discover Wisconsin’s “Something for Everyone—Accessible Wisconsin” is Calumet County, including visits to High Cliff State Park and Ledge View Nature Center. Jenny Addis hits the trails and tours the Brillion Nature Center, spends some time cuddling with baby animals at Mulberry Lane Farm and experiences her first accessible hayride at Meuer’s Farm.

“There really is something everyone can discover in Wisconsin; our state parks alone have more than 650 miles of trails accessible to wheelchair users and others with mobility impairments,” said Danielle Bernard, writer and producer for Discover Wisconsin. “We’ve wanted to see this show topic come to fruition for a while now and are delighted to help make it happen.”

About Discover Wisconsin
As the nation’s longest running tourism program, Discover Wisconsin can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this and other episodes or the broadcast schedule in other areas please visit www.discoverwisconsin.com. Connect with Discover Wisconsin on Facebook at www.facebook.com/discoverwisconsin and Twitter at www.twitter.com/discoverwi.