Sam Sullivan, founder of the Disability Foundation.
The Disability Foundation and its affiliated organizations were founded by Sam Sullivan after he became teraplegic as a result of a skiing accident at the
age of 19.
The foundation provides opportunities for people with disabilities. It promotes the capabilities and talents of people with physical challenges, once barriers
in the physical landscape have been overcome.
recruits technically skilled volunteers who have made more than 5,000 custom-made assistive devices for people with disabilities in locations throughout
serves as a connecting agency, linking people with physical disabilities to activities and programs . The
Disabled Sailing Association
has catalyzed the formation of 20 sailing programs throughout North America and has 140 of its specially designed sip and puff 16-foot sailboats in use
throughout the world (and now has its own
boat donation site
Sailing is Freedom).
BC Mobility Opportunities Society
Wilderness Access Program has 50 of its TrailRiders in use in programs throughout North America enabling ascents to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro and the
base camp of Mount Everest.
Vancouver Adapted Music Society
operates a music studio in the GF Strong Rehab Centre and has introduced hundreds of people with disabilities to the world of music. The
Disabled Independent Gardeners Association
operates two community gardens and holds regular workshops.
Since its origin in the late 1980s, the Sam Sullivan Disability Foundation has raised more than $20 million and provided quality of life opportunities for
more than 10,000 people with significant disabilities. The Foundation supports six non-profit organizations and several other initiatives that provide
services throughout Canada and beyond.