The AIROW Project's mission is to create opportunities for adaptive & inclusive recreation in Whatcom County & to engage the community through networking, events, resources and partnership.
In 2019, two very strong and independent women (Jessica and Jill), had a passion for providing inclusion for those with special needs and disabilities in Whatcom County.
While running their first adaptive event, an energetic spitfire volunteer (April) caught their eye. She happened to be the owner of Adaptive Life Coaches, a support service that provides respite and recreational outings. The trio made a commitment to put their vision into action.
The AIROW Project is a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. Charitable gifts are deductible as allowed by this code. IRS Number 84-3884939.
April (2nd from left), Jessica (3rd from left), Jill (3rd from right)
To engage our community in broadening recreation opportunities that are universally accessible.
AIROW plans to collaborate with the city, other non profits and local businesses that provide adaptive recreation opportunities.
Adaptive Life Coaches LLC
April Katz has been involved in the lives of children and adults with a wide range of disabilities since 2004. In 2019, she created ALC, a respite support service for those with disabilities. ALC's goal is to teach life, social and communication skills with a focus on movement and activity in a one on one, non clinic based setting. Shaun assists April with ALC and is a strong supporter of bring adaptive and inclusive recreation to Whatcom.
Jillene is a Physical Therapist at PeaceHealth Medical Group Children’s Therapy. AIROW's roots began with Jill's vision of bringing Adaptive & Inclusive Recreation to Whatcom.
Daman Wandke began AbiliTrek in 2016 after experiencing many barriers in his travels. AbiliTrek assists organizations in creating a more accessible and inclusive environment where everyone receives access to an equal opportunity. AbiliTrek began as a hotel booking service optimized for travelers with disabilities, but at the beginning of 2018, AbiliTrek expanded the breadth of businesses and the depth of accessibility knowledge it would support. Daman spends his extra time educating the public on disability-related topics.