The North Carolina Handicapped Sportsmen, Inc (NCHS) is non-profit organization working with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC), Triangle Chapter of SCI, Wake County Wildlife Club, and Paralyzed Veterans of America. We will continue to work with organizations and individuals around the state who believe in our goal. In addition, our organization will continue to reach out to children’s hospitals, medical, and rehabilitation facilities. We have 1 goal, “helping all handicapped people in the state have access to the great outdoors.”
NCHS will be using Facebook for almost all of our day to day information. Because we are using Facebook so much, we will only be writing a quarterly newsletter in the future.
NCHS had a great hunt again this year in Pender County. The Pender Possible Hunt has turned out to be an amazing event with a lot of camaraderie and fellowship. Every year the hunt seems to have a very special meaning. Every year we have several new hunters that seem to really touch everyone’s heart.
I would encourage everyone to look at the NCWRC web site www.ncwildlife.org and find your NCWRC commissioner. Anyone can contact their local NCWRC Commissioner directly about issues or concerns they might have. Access to public land is an important issue for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. The best way disabled sportsmen can help the program is to attend the public meetings and voice your opinion. If you are unable to attend these public meetings, please take the time to visit the NCWRC website and email your comments.
Power-driven mobility devices New U.S. Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules concerning the use of power-driven mobility devices (PDMD), went into effect on March 15, 2011. The rules require all public entities to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures to allow PDMDs at public facilities. NCHS will ask the state to become compliant with DOJ regulations allowing access of power driven mobility devices. Access to public land allows for more opportunities for everyone.
It is hard to imagine where NCHS started and the great things we have accomplished with the help of so many different organizations and individuals. Over the past several years we have been able to provide lodging, meals, and financial support to many handicapped sportsmen each year. NCHS has been able to help coordinate and host some great events at different locations around the state. We look forward to seeing everyone at the outdoors shows this spring.