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Active and Able: Disability and Leadership Conference

Swinging 50 feet in the air, suspended by ropes, Lydia Acquah screamed as she plummeted toward the ground.

“It felt good to put my fears aside and just go for it,” Acquah said through a sign-language interpreter.

Acquah, a 30-year-old deaf woman from Ghana, is part of a group of 29 disabilities activists from around the world — Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East — who are in Eugene for the Mobility International USA’s fifth International Women’s Institute on Leadership and Disability, WILD. They lived up to the acronym.

The group met Thursday at the Spencer Butte challenge course to get to know each other a little better and to test their boundaries.

“The challenge course is all about teamwork and breaking down preconceived notions society has of what they think is possible for women with disabilities,” Mobility International’s CEO Susan Sygall said.

via News: Local | “Active and able” | The Register-Guard | Eugene, Oregon.

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