Inclusive Adventures Inc

We make the Impossible Possible! Created by the Uniquely Able for the Differently Able.

aka Inclusive Inc   |   Wilmington, DE   |  https://www.inclusiveadventures.org/

Mission

With your help, we seek to create strong inclusive communities where every member's talents are valued, and all are encouraged through policy and action to contribute their talents to the best of their abilities. We we do this by creating opportunities for life-changing inclusive experiences that stimulate a fundamental shift in perspective from programmed, vulnerable dependency to capability, confidence, possibility, and self-determination for participants, their families, and the public community. We believe in the power of will, discovery, and most importantly - perspective. "If there's a will, there's a way!"

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History of Impact "Anything seems impossible, until its been done." - Mark Felling Since 2005 have directly impacted the lives of 25,000+ of the most physically limited mobility impaired persons, their families, and communities - including 1000's of Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan. By empowering these individuals, through them, we have definitively and unequivocally changed the world. Here are just a few examples: Made it possible for 10,000+ highly disabled travelers to fly commercially Everyone unable to climb stairs is safer when visiting US Capital and White House in case of evacuation Supported project that led to Indian Department of Tourism making many major tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal wheelchair accessible Empowered communications for self advocacy. First 100% Voice Control System Integrated on Power Wheelchairs Robotic Glove made it possible for those with completely paralyzed hands to pick up and hold things Adaptive Video Gaming has become a sub

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Mr. Mark E Felling

Main address

4023 Kennett Pike Suite 50235

Wilmington, DE 19807 USA

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EIN

82-5504015

NTEE code info

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Systemized segregation into nursing home type facilities of persons with physical disabilities under the guize of "What's Best for the Individual" remains a common practice. Worse, the implementation of this segregation turns into economic incarceration, often with a life sentence, based on nothing more than physical abilities. For those living in the community, the constitutional right to move freely amongst the states has been revoked through Medicaid's bureaucratic reimbursement scheme for access to home care, wheelchair repairs, and medical supplies that cannot be received out of state. Isolation from community life through policies that penalize economic participation is a disservice to the entire community and broader nation. We must eliminate all impediments to economic participation and separate life maintenance home care from hospital emergency insurance under Medicaid. We all need to believe in future possibilities worth striving to achieve. Why would any rational person try to pursue an education or contribute their talents economically in the community if they believe, their family believes, or more importantly, the public community believes their only prospect is to live trapped and isolated in a nursing home, or even their own, unable to do more than watch television.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

One If By Land - Accessible Off-Grid RV

"One If By Land" is a 26' Chevrolet Express G4500 Fully Inclusive Class C RV designed by Broadened Horizons for Inclusive Adventures. You can rent her for your next vacation! Her name is a hint to the fight for independence and inclusion for persons with disabilities and what she seeks to accomplish. Designed by quadriplegic engineer Mark Felling she incorporates 17 years of inclusive design experience in an incredibly small package that works better for everyone! All voice-activated, capable of being fully operated from a wheelchair or not. Completely self-sufficient and independent she is perfect for exploring state and national parks. She will also serve as a mobile example visiting recreational vehicle manufacturers, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, Veterans Administration facilities, accessible housing providers, and others serving the disabled of a compact, accessible, inclusive living environment that works as well for someone walking as in a wheelchair including kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom that can be personally experienced.

We have completed the design, detailed budget, list of components and suppliers required to complete the conversion, identified commercial RV rental insurance, and acquired 2 Arboc chassis. We are seeking funding and volunteers with building/remodeling skills and/or a professional camper van conversion or RV manufacturing partner to complete these 2 prototypes.

Advanced rentals of one week, two weeks, or one month may be offered in a Kickstarter or Indegogo-style campaign to help fund the build. Future units could be offered by a vetted professional RV or conversion van manufacturing partner through a technology transfer.

On completion, extra funding will be utilized to make micro-grants available to wounded veterans, families with a child in a wheelchair associated with organizations we have worked with in the past like Make-a-Wish, St Judes, Shriners, and Ronald McDonald Homes, and others with mobility impairments through competitive selection who have made exceptional sacrifices and contributions to their communities such as the elderly, 1st responders, etc.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities
Chronically ill people
Terminally ill people
Economically disadvantaged people

Adventures are about the Journey, not the Destination.

We have a strong focus on fully inclusive participation. EVERYONE can take the helm and learn to navigate/plan routes - even the most physically limited with head movement only! Each participant is expected to contribute their talents to the best of their abilities.

Participants learn new skills through the catalyst of adventure. Adventure offers us a freedom only achieved through overcoming challenges, perceived limitations, and our fears. The journey itself contributes to every individual's personal development. This newfound freedom, powerfully shifts perspective to possibility - literally and measurably changing participant's lives, their roll in family and community.

We Believe In the Power of Inspiration and the Strength of the Human Spirit
We provide a concrete, un-refutable example, if someone with significant disabilities can live on a boat and circumnavigate the eastern continental United States and Canada why can they not live in their own home in the community. On deeper and broader level we are working to expand public awareness to the social, community, and fiscal benefits of home care as an alternative to nursing home institutionalization!

Since the vessels are mobile, and capable of visiting any location in the eastern continental United States throughout the Great Lakes, broad river systems, Gulf Coast and East Coast,the location of operations can be moved to fit need, demand, and funding.

Possibilities is operational, has completed 3000 miles, or 1/2 of America's Great Loop, leaving a Google Map virtual bread crumb trail of where to go and how that anyone can follow, and simply proving feasibility. Updates and conversions begun in June 2018 are expected to be completed by March or April of 2021. She has been outfit with custom accessible hand controls, ceiling lift, wheelchair accessible galley and head, transom elevator with safe access from all fixed and floating docks, below water level for adaptive snorkeling and scuba, to the massive flybridge. She well be demonstrating solar powered air conditioning, generally thought impossible and capable of maintaining comfortable cabin temperatures for those unable to regulate body temperature while on anchor or acting as a base for adaptive scuba and snorkeling. Please visit www.inclusiveadventures.org for more details.

Possibilities+ a 1991 custom 75' Aluminum Motoryacht with 30" doorways and 36" passageways throughout. She is unique in offering the possibility of someone in a wheelchair accessing the engine room and helping to service her engines. Her refit process was begun during the fall of 2019. She was successfully relaunched after seven years of neglect on the hard. Project resumption was delayed due to Covid and waiting to be restarted, planned for spring of 2021. She will be capable of completing America's Great Loop and even visiting the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Haiti, Mexico, etc.

Population(s) Served

Tranquil Adventures wheelchair accessible 28 foot Trimaran provides very affordable, donate-as-you-are-able, cruising day tours, adaptive fishing, and adaptive snorkeling experiences around Key Largo Florida. Capt. Mick Nealy, himself physically disabled from polio, has more than 30 years experience on the water. Together they serve the broader Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Florida Keys region. She features a custom, powered seat lift that swings out over the side of the vessel and can safely and reliably lower or retrieve anyone from the water who can transfer from their wheelchair seat onto the seat lift.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities
Veterans
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Sojourn is a 70' Pluckebaum based on the western shore of Kentucky Lake in Kenlake State Park and just 1.5 miles across the lake from the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area.

Sojourn is operational for semi-ambulatory and ready/planning to expand accessibility by implementing the designs designed, tested, and proven on Possibilities. Planned improvements may include wheelchair accessible transom elevator providing safe, reliable access to all dock heights, the water, main salon level, and flybridge levels, solar off-grid air conditioning, and compact, cultural efficiency DC battery-charging generator that only supplements solar as necessary. She is operated by Capt. Mike Cummings.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with diseases and illnesses
Veterans
Seniors
At-risk youth

Everyone wants the opportunity to improve their lives. It's difficult to focus on education or developing your career if your fighting the elements or seeking fuel to make your family as comfortable as possible.

Cost-effective cooling and heating from sustainable, renewable solar energy is an excellent solution but today believed to be impossible, at least cost-effectively and especially on a compact mobile platform with limited space.

Driven by the need of a regulated cabin temperature for people who are unable to regulate body temperature such as high-level spinal cord injuries, ALS, and multiple sclerosis, we have successfully designed during Covid and are in the process now during Q1 of 2021, of implementing the first prototype solar powered off-grid air conditioning and heating!

More importantly, this is being done for about the same installed cost of a conventional ducted system, and less than 50% to 25% the cost when taking into account the cost of fuel over 10 years serviceable life!

It is intended this design will be proven on Possibilities, and also implemented on 1 IF By Land Accessible RV. The solution uses commercially available components and is much simpler even possible for handy do-it-yourselfers.

The sooner and more broadly these real-world technologies are rolled out and implemented by the global public, the sooner dependency on greenhouse emissions will be reduced by reduced demand and reduce consumption of coal and fossil fuels.

We are actively seeking a grant or sponsorship. Once proven, we will seek partners to roll this out publicly and to those to whom it would benefit most.

Population(s) Served

Be the first to Sail around the World with a Mixed Ability Crew, connecting peoples and cultures around creating inclusive communities and driving attention and awareness to the United Nations treaty recognizing Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities Worldwide.

When we started Project Possibilities we thought circumnavigating the eastern continental United States and Canada on the protected Inland Waters of America's Great Loop would be nearly impossible. Through experience in overcoming many challenges, we are convinced crossing oceans is possible with properly designed vessel.

2 If By Sea has been sketched as a conceptual design. This inclusive design makes multipurpose use of spaces with one level living, would be safer even for a elderly retired sailing couple to handle, and completely off-grid carbon neutral. She would be all electric capable of recharging her batteries from solar, wind or dragging the props under sail. These are all proven technologies. She would feature an innovative sail plan with 2 smaller freestanding masts fixed to the base of the hull with new innovative soft wing sails that can be raised or reefed with the push of a button, or allowed to turn freely into the wind. Removing the focus on living in the halls allows the holes to be narrower and much more efficient with increased performance and safety while simultaneously making inclusive accessibility significantly easier and realistic.

Next step is a detailed hull design by a nautical architect and engineer that has demonstratably experience thinking outside the box. It has been discussed with some of the world's leading catamaran designers and received with enthusiasm. The cost of this detailed design will be around $10,000.

The cost to build a 45' hull could range between $175k and $300k depending where, by whom, and how it is built. A larger 50'-55' vessel would be capable of more but also at nearly double the cost. We hope to outfit the vessel with equipment and systems from sponsors installed and implemented by volunteers. Of course all of this could be significantly accelerated through implementation by experienced professionals with an increased budget. Total build and outfit cost could be between $200,000 and $600,000.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Health
Work status and occupations
Social and economic status
Health
Work status and occupations

When working with disabled and handicapped individuals in the developing world when working to empower them with assistive technologies for computer access, communications, or even hand grasp, the consistent message has always been "I need a way to get out of my home to go to work to support my family!"

Reliable, consistent transportation is a fundamental necessity for economic engagement within one's community whether through the pursuit of education or employment, but also access to healthcare, self-advocacy, political engagement, or simply going to the park, or meeting family and friends at a local café. The need for affordable, accessible transportation is not exclusive to the developing world.

The first eChariot has been built. Improvements have been negotiated and confirmed. A factory is ready and able to produce. Next step during spring 2021 is the importation of a working prototype to outfit with LTO (Lithium Tetronite Oxide Batteries) and to test for range, develop and test rapid charger and plug. LTO technology has been proven electric buses, is inherently safe, allows for very rapid charging 20 to 30 minutes, and will outlast the vehicle with up to 30,000 charge cycles or 30 years.

- Only $8,000 to $15,000 - depending on how it's configured and outfit
- All Electric simplicity = low maintenance, low maintenance costs,
- No fossil fuels so no restrictions from EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or similar internationally.
- Supports 1 power wheelchair driver and 1 small passenger and some groceries or up to 880lb (400 kg).
- Licensed and insured as a Community Vehicle 30 mph (48 km/h)
- Currently has handlebar-style controls like a motorcycle. We would like to develop simple joystick/lever controls for individuals with limited dexterity.
- Have US Customs Clearance documentation for Tax and Duty Exempt for model designed specifically for disabled or handicapped.

Risks: Unknown import restrictions from unknown political entities, such as Departments of Transportation, which past experience demonstrates is not always logical or rational but can have a wide variety of political or special interest motivations and vary from country to country.

Production and Distribution Partner Capacity: 20-50 standard configured units with conventional letters batteries could be delivered anywhere in the world in 2021. 6-12 units with LTO batteries could be delivered before the end of 2021 or early 2022.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
Chronically ill people
Veterans
Unemployed people
Low-income people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Participants develop confidence in their capabilities and a perspective of possibility.
Experiences that stimulate a fundamental shift in perspective from programmed, vulnerable dependency to a perspective of capability, confidence, possibility, and self-determination.

Adventures are about the Journey, not the Destination.
We provide life-changing inclusive experiences for the disabled that stimulate a fundamental shift in perspective from programmed, vulnerable dependency to a perspective of capability, confidence, possibility, and self-determination.

Participants develop confidence in their capabilities, and a perspective of possibility.
Why would anyone try to achieve an education or contribute their talents through employment if they believe their only prospect is to sit in front of a television trapped in a nursing home or even their own home, often unable to change the channel or even answer the telephone?

Participants learn new skills through the catalyst of adventure.
Adventure offers us a freedom only achieved through overcoming challenges, perceived limitations, and our fears. The journey itself contributes to every individual's personal development. This newfound freedom, powerfully shifts perspective to possibility - literally and measurably changing participant's lives, their roll in family and community.

We Believe In the Power of Inspiration and the Strength of the Human Spirit
We provide a concrete, un-refutable example, if someone with significant disabilities can live on a boat and circumnavigate the eastern continental United States and Canada why can they not live in their own home in the community. On deeper and broader level we are working to expand public awareness to the social, community, and fiscal benefits of home care as an alternative to nursing home institutionalization!

- 23+ Years Proven Design and Implementation Experience
- 25+ Years Leadership Experience creating National Million+ Membership Organization
- 15+ Years Experience working with the most physically limited disabled and handicapped individuals, their families, therapists, and professional organizations such as the US Veterans Administration, State Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, State Medicaid Waiver Programs, and hundreds of nonprofit organizations serving them.
- Extremely dedicated all Volunteer Leadership Team
- 20+ Volunteers with strong Professional Backgrounds that have directly supported with 1 week to 1 year of their time and experience
- Sponsorship from Broad Range of Industry Leaders
- Advisory Support, Encouragement, and Enthusiasm from a broad range of Leaders who are well-connected within nonprofit, politics, and industry.
- Participants and their families who have expressed very strong enthusiasm, with limited recreation, adventure, inspirational, and motivational experiences available or specifically targeted to them.
- Have Completed 3000 Miles or Half of America's Great Loop

- Possibilities is operational, has completed 3000 miles, or 1/2 of America's Great Loop, leaving a Google Map virtual bread crumb trail of where to go and how that anyone can follow, and simply proving feasibility. Updates and conversions begun in June 2018 are expected to be completed by March or April of 2021. She has been outfit with custom accessible hand controls, ceiling lift, wheelchair accessible galley and head, transom elevator with safe access from all fixed and floating docks, below water level for adaptive snorkeling and scuba, to the massive flybridge.
-Designed a method for modifying any kitchen, even the most compact, to be wheelchair accessible for less than $1000.
- Designed compact, portable cantilever wheelchair lift to replace long ramps for 1-3 steps at front doors of any home business for similar or less cost then a wood ramp and no permits needed.
- eChariot Affordable, Electric Wheelchair Accessible Micro-Van prototype built. Development with new LTO battery technology underway in 2021. First deliveries with manufacturing and distribution partners possible in 2021.
- Installation of Solar Air Conditioning Sustainable Development Demonstrator will be completed and operational in 2021
- One If by Land 1991 Chevrolet Express G4500 Arboc single door and single step wheelchair ramp entrance paratransit vehicles acquired to build Accessible Off-Grid RV Demonstrators

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Our Team's History of Impact - "Anything seems impossible, until its been done."

Since 2005 our team has directly impacted the lives of estimated 25,000+ of the most physically limited mobility impaired persons, their families, and communities - including 1000's of Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan.

By empowering these individuals, through them, we have definitively and unequivocally changed the world. Here are just a few examples:

- Made it possible for 10,000+ highly disabled travelers to fly commercially
- Everyone unable to climb stairs is safer when visiting US Capital and White House in case of evacuation
- Supported project, writing proposals and demonstrating solutions that led to Indian Department of Tourism making many major tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal wheelchair accessible
- Empowered communications for self advocacy. First 100% Voice Control System Integrated on Power Wheelchairs
- Robotic Glove made it possible for those with completely paralyzed hands to pick up and hold things
- Adaptive Video Gaming has become a sub-industry based on controller designs we introduced in 2008 , Now frequently copied including by Microsoft that empowered the most limited to play any game online anonymously as an equal using only their head and mouth and WIN!
- 20+ other solutions or designs that have demonstrated drastically reduced cost, greater simplicity, and simply made the seemingly impossible possible.

Will you help us leverage the past by investing in our ability to deliver greater impact in the future? Please give us the opportunity to elaborate with stories of the past and a vision for what is to come.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Implementing this GuideStar profile

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Inclusive Adventures Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/11/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Mark Felling

Inclusive Adventures Inc.

Term: 2018 -

Eric Diamond

Inclusive Adventures

Steve Colquitt

Broadened Horizons

Mark Felling

Broadened Horizons

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/22/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/20/2020

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.