Adaptive Resources

Team River Runner is one of numerous agencies and programs that provide state of the art adaptations for a wide range of disabling conditions. This section will be a compendium of lessons learned.



First, please take 5-10 minutes to read this summary of adaptive resources and lessons learned. Written by Program Director Dave Robey, this document is an excellent start to developing higher level adaptive skills for instruction:



The following sections will be continually updated as new adaptive gear and instructional techniques are developed. 

Please also continue to seek out new adaptive paddling developments designed by Kevin Carr of Creating Ability: the industry leader in adaptive technology!

Other Adaptive Systems

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Vanessa Jones

Committe Co-Chair

Vanessa A. Jones is a dynamic force dedicated to fostering
inclusivity, encouraging discussion, and promoting a culture of
belonging in the outdoor sports community. Hailing from
Washington, DC, she brings a wealth of diverse experiences and
perspectives to her endeavors.
As a US Army veteran and ordained Chaplain with a focus on
seniors and caretakers, Vanessa is deeply committed to serving
others. Her work as a patient-caretaker advocate reflects her
passion for supporting vulnerable populations and ensuring their
voices are heard.
Currently, Vanessa is employed by a resettlement agency, where
she confronts challenges head-on with resilience and
compassion. As a single, Black woman veteran, she embraces
the unique hurdles she faces, viewing them as opportunities for
growth and empowerment.
In her downtime, she wears many hats, including that of a
missionary, spreading hope and positivity wherever she goes.
Weekends are spent paddling, immersing herself in West African
dance and finding solace and joy in nature’s embrace.
Vanessa is committed to equitable principles, ensuring that
everyone’s opinions are valued and heard. Through her
unwavering dedication and inclusive leadership, Vanessa is
paving the way for a more equitable and diverse outdoor sports