What the Wilderness is Like for Someone in a Wheelchair – Rolling On, Ep. 4


The lives that we have in terms of working and being in the city, always late or always busy. So when you have the
chance to be free and go to a park and being in nature, for me it’s crucial. And I think that it should be available
for everyone. I was not born with a disability. When I was 18 years old I was
in a car accident and I had a spinal cord injury. I broke my neck at level C5
and that means too that I have like 75% of my body paralyzed from my chest down. It was hard at first to accept that
life-altering experience. Realizing that my body will work in a different way and
I will have to figure out how to do the life that I wanted to have. Technology is something that is crucial for people with disabilities. When I just had my accident I needed to learn everything again. When you have a disability you
learn a lot from other people with disabilities, and it helps to build a
community and also to explore places. I have had the chance of traveling in
different places of the world, and I would say that Berkeley is one of the
most accessible ones that I could pretty much go everywhere on my own. Every additional information that I have about accessibility or I have about how to
explore places can play something crucial in my life. The world has not
been designed for someone who moves in a wheelchair and if I want to go to a
restaurant or to a bar I want to know if I would be able to use the restroom and
having the chance of seeing how is the accessibility of the different places by an
app, it’s very useful. A way I move myself around the city is by driving and
I have hand controls. If there are good parking slots for me to park my car
it’s definitely a way of having freedom. I think we are in times that nature should
be enjoyed by anyone… and I have a mindset that there’s always a way. I planned a trip with my friends to
Yosemite National Park. Being there and enjoying that place I said ok I actually
wanna have the same experience in the most well-known National Park of my
country. The park is called Torres del Paine National Park. People who go hiking
there need to be prepared. Our expedition our trip was the first
time that a person in a wheelchair that was myself did complete this trip. So it
was a huge accomplishment and we are working on supporting other people on
planning their trips. I co-founded an organization that is called “Wheel the World.” Our mission is to make the wilderness explorable for people with disabilities. People with disabilities deserve to have access to the wilderness as anyone else deserves it. We are not different from the rest. My disability makes me
dependent on other people and that sometimes is uncomfortable or is
not easy, but at the end of the day we all depend on others and that’s
something that we should be ok
dealing with and accepting it. We all have the responsibility of
sharing our experiences and building this community of making this world more
accessible and more inclusive. Doing a review, rating accessibility is a great
way of building a sense of community. Sharing with people experiences so they
can have better experiences themselves, I think that’s the most easiest and
basic way of supporting each other on
making our lives easier.

46 thoughts on “What the Wilderness is Like for Someone in a Wheelchair – Rolling On, Ep. 4

  1. Great inspiring videos . i will try to add as much information on google map for you guys as possible from my side in New Delhi, India. thank you google for bringing awareness about this.

  2. Alvaro.. my name is Budiono, and I am a Local Guides from Surabaya, Indonesia. We, Local Guides, will help peoples with disabilities to explore the same world by providing information about accessibility details on our Google Maps..

  3. Pablo!… Do your subscriding in the couchsurfing website!!! www.couchsurfing.com … listen me please! … i am sure you will like it 🙂

  4. hooo.. i forgot telling you to "turn on" …the subtitles…auto… so … people from other countries will understand you too!!!

  5. Thanks for sharing. It inspires people with and without disabilities to challenge boundaries, to be ok depending on others and to get out to enjoy our world!

  6. Добрый день, увидел что вы размещаете рекламу в гугл адвордс, для раскрутки канала этот метод не желателен. Мой скайп YouTubeinfo наберите меня дам вам бесплатную консультацию по раскрутке канала. Или на почту [email protected]

  7. Great video! We have all to do something for them. Our contribution as local guides it's To provide them all informations about places they can access.

  8. Alvaro, thanks for sharing your experiences with us!
    Same like Budiono, I also from Indonesia. I'm happy to see that our contributions are very helpful to many people, especially about the accessibility for all.
    You've proved that there's no border to experience the world, especially the wilderness places. Glad to see you're here. Thank you.

  9. Alvaro, te felicito. Te hago llegar un abrazo grande. Me ayudas a ser mas consciente de mi responsabilidad como arquitecto y persona.Abrazo

  10. El mundo se está preparando para personas cómo Álvaro que necesitan más apoyo en calles, espacios para hacer más fácil su vida.. arquitectos, ingenieros pongan más atención por favor.. el mundo es de TODOS y para todos y es bien difícil cuando estás con algún impedimento de el cuerpo,ya yo pasé una situación de las rodillas que x por fortuna ya ESTOY bien, pero mientras esos días que estuve con eso fué angustioso, no podía caminar y subir una banqueta era terrible y pocos sitios están planos para subir silla de ruedas o ancianitos, personas con muletas etc etc etc… Así que comprendo su situación…

  11. Esta claro hay gente maravillosa y que hacen que la vida de otros sea mejor, en contra de otros pocos que se aprovechan de muchos para hacer su vida más lujosa o poderosa

  12. ¡Gracias! Por que nos motiva a hacer de este planeta único.. está oportunidad de ser local fui de es #+QueMaravilloso

  13. Hola Álvaro, mi admiración y respeto para todas las personas como tu, siempre he dicho que nosotros mismos nos ponemos  limites y barrerás, dios te  acompañe y permita seguir disfrutando de estos bellos paisajes  que nos permite la naturaleza para  apreciarlos desde nos encontremos , mil gracias por compartir todo lo bello de la vida que nos rodea, saludos desde la ciudad de México

  14. Un guerrero muy valiente, aquí es cuando uno se pone a reflexionar de que
    Sólo me paso quejandome por cosas que no son importantes. Tu historia me ayudó a ver y reconocer que siempre hay que seguir adelante superando cada obstáculo.

  15. Alvaro, muy ilustrativo tu video, y es así: "Que cuando se quiere se puede". Te comento que yo tengo un socio que tiene una discapacidad similar a la tuya. Pero es un León, lo que sus piernas le inhibe hacer cosas que para otros son triviales, el ingenio y su disposición, le da la entereza para vencer todos los obstáculos. Lamento que mi país aún tenga un déficit en las instalaciones y mecanismos colectivos para la movilidad de los discapacitados motrices. Si todos pusiéramos un granito de arena, y abriéramos nuestro corazón, tendríamos un mundo más equitativo. SOLIDARIDAD tendría que ser una materia que se enseñara en todas las Escuelas del Mundo. Abrazo fraterno, desde Uruguay.

  16. Es muy bueno lo que ases te felicito un abraso enorme y para todas esas personas tambien que se esfuerza por su salud su vida y que intentan todo para mejorar que dios los bendiga a todos ustedes un abraso enorme enorme de chile.

  17. Tengo unos meses que procuro estar pendiente de dónde se cuenta con ese servicio en todas partes para luego agregarlo en mis valoraciones y opiniones

  18. Here is the link to know how you can help:

    https://www.localguidesconnect.com/t5/News-Updates/How-Local-Guides-can-help-millions-in-September/ba-p/432069

  19. Alvaro, was such a pleasure to chat with you at #LGSummit17 in the break out session on Accessibility! As a cyclist, I am fascinated by your bike!!! I am a Bay Area local so anytime you want company on a bike ride…😊

  20. Hey Alvaro, Great to know about you and courageous journey throughout, I am inspired and want to do more in this arena, as I have seen lots of sufferings of the people and can understand how they feel.
    So I am in and will contribute more on maps as well as on other platforms too.
    Thanks for sharing your video.
    God Bless!

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