Right to Risk
Hike in National Canyon  

News & Reviews

US Business Leadership Network, 11th Annual Conference
October 6-8, 2008 – Portland, Oregon
The first USBLN conference ‘Movie Night” will feature a presentation of ‘Right to Risk’. This year’s conference, “Expanding Inclusion: The Business Strategy” is the preeminent national event for business and community leaders that have an interest in hiring, retention and marketing to people with disabilities. The USBLN recognizes and promotes a “business to business” approach to educate, promoting the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce. There are 51 Business Leadership Network chapters in 32 states, including the District of Columbia, representing more than 5,000 employers across the US.

Washington State Youth Leadership Forum
August 2008- Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
“Right To Risk” Screening and discussion. The annual forum, presented by the Governor's Committee on Disability and Employment, brings together students with various disabilities to explore skills and concepts that can help them successfully advance in life after high school. "The forum is about opening the eyes of students with disabilities to the possibilities of what their lives could be," said Toby Olson, director of the committee, which is housed within the Employment Security Department.

Self Advocacy In Motion (SAM) Youth Leadership Retreat
June 2008 - Central Washington University, Ellensburg, Washington
Presented by People First of Washington, the Self Advocacy in Mothion Conference for youth with disabilities who are involved in leadership from across the State of Washington. In the Disability Civil Rights Movement. “Dignity of Risk” means that all humans have the “Right To Risk”, even if that means failing. Producer Kathleen Jo Ryan will be available to answer questions about filming this movie!

National Geographic, “Quest for Adventure” Film Series
April 2008 - National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, Washington, DC
““Right To Risk”: Amazing New Documentary About Disabled Whitewater Rafters”
“Right To Risk” is a new film documenting the life-affirming journey of eight individuals with disabilities on the trip of a lifetime — a raw adventure of 15 days navigating some of North America's largest white-water rapids down 225 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. The screening will be followed by a discussion with filmmakers Kathleen Jo Ryan and John Ryan, and expedition participant Susan Yim.

Secretary of HHS Recognizes "Right to Risk" for Changing Perceptions of People with Disabilities
November 2007 - Washingon, DC
US Secretary of Health & Human Services present the Ryan’s with the 2007 Secretary's Highest Recognition Award. At the ceremony, Acting Surgeon General Rear Adm. Steven Galson told the audience, "Today's award recipients are changing the perception and improving our understanding of persons with disabilities. I am honored to be a part of today's ceremony to recognize these truly great leaders who are working to improve the lives of people living with disabilities."
National Premier hosted by National Organization on Disability
March 2007 - National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium, Washington, DC
As part of the celebration the 25th Anniversary, National Organization on Disability (NOD) hosted the national premier screening of ““Right To Risk”. “Due to NOD founder Alan Reich’s visionary leadership, we have been dedicated to providing the opportunity for people with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of life. This powerful documentary demonstrates how full and active that participation can be. If we can careen through the Grand Canyon, it’s clear there isn’t any facet of our society that can’t benefit from our unique talents and tenacity.” Michael R. Deland, President NOD


Video Librarian
November/December 2007


Kathleen Ryan
Story of Right to Risk river trip in the GC River Runners Fall 2007 newsletter.

Susan Yim
Susan shares “Thoughts of Rafting the Canyon” in the GC River Runners Spring 2008 newsletter.

Judith Birnbaum
Judith shares her story of the river trip in the Fall 2005 National MS Colorado Chapter newsletter.