Led by Aimee Copeland, a licensed master social worker with a background in eco-psychology, and a quadruple amputee and a necrotizing fasciitis survivor, ACF inspires hope through action, builds community through inclusivity, provides healing through relationships, fights stigma through education, and breaks down barriers through compassion and humor.
At its heart, Aimee Copeland Foundation seeks to make the seemingly impossible possible again for all people who have experienced a disability – from the wheelchair-bound toddler to the elderly person who wishes to garden again – and everyone in between.
ACF understands that any form of disability affects a person’s entire physical, mental and spiritual existence, and that these individuals need mental health services and therapeutic programs that engage them actively and holistically.
Aimee Copeland Foundation believes that:
- the mind, body, and soul are one
- that the magic of the outdoors can transform physical, mental and spiritual health
- that we are all imperfectly perfect
- and that everyone deserves the chance to play, contribute and thrive
ACF puts these inclusive beliefs into intentional, multifaceted action, helping people of all abilities shape meaningful, purposeful lives, and find peace, strength, and fulfillment beyond what they might have imagined.
Through the help of generous donors and grant funding, ACF is able to finance a variety of services to embody its overall mission and vision. These accomplishments have included:
- accessible outdoor opportunities and adaptive recreation for participants including retreats, workshops, scholarships, programs, and activities
- individual and group counseling for those impacted by physical and mental health disabilities
- wheelchair accessible vehicle giveaways
- free all-terrain wheelchair access to explore Georgia State Parks
Aimee Copeland Foundation empowers people of all physical, developmental and psychological abilities to lead fulfilling and joyful lives by helping them connect with nature, with themselves and their perceived differences, and with their wholly unique purpose in this world.
Moving forward, ACF envisions the continued expansion of its existing programs, while imaging a world that can be enjoyed by all.
“I wish for a world that views disability, mental or physical, not as a hindrance but as unique attributes that can be seen as powerful assets if given the right opportunities.”― Oliver Sacks