Creating Quality Access to Outdoor Recreation for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired: A Discussion with Clark Rachfal, an advocate, outdoor enthusiast, and former Paralympian

As outdoor recreation policy has recently created historic opportunities to increase access and equity in the outdoors, there is important work being done to help create quality outdoor experiences for people who are blind or visually impaired. Signal’s Managing Director and Co-Chair of Signal Outdoors hosts a discussion with the Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs for the American Council of the Blind, Clark Rachfal. Clark is an avid outdoorist, former Paralympian, and World Champion in tandem cycling and has been helping to lead efforts to connect more people who are blind to the outdoors and outdoor recreation.

Clark Rachfal is ACB’s Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, joining American Council of the Blind in February 2019. In this role, Clark oversees ACB’s legislative and regulatory agendas, as well as grassroots and individual advocacy efforts. Prior to joining ACB, Clark served in public policy positions for National Industries for the Blind, and Verizon Communications, Inc. In addition to his policy background, Clark is a Paralympian and World Champion in the sport of tandem cycling. Clark holds bachelor of science degrees from Towson University in political science and lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife, Greta, and their two dogs, Summit and Cricket.

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