About America’s Freedom Sailor

Tall Ship for All! Based on the goals of Universal Design.


Our Mission:  

Based in New Orleans, LA, America’s Freedom Sailor will design, build and operate the first and only tall ship for all in the world, based on the goals of Universal Design, to enable those with disabilities to sail alongside their able-bodied family and friends, spreading awareness and goodwill.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2013, there are over 70 million people with disabilities in the U.S., as well as thousands of wounded American soldiers. Our goal is to accommodate all people including the elderly and people with disabilities, along with their family and friends, to explore the high seas. New Orleans is a major port city, and the perfect location to launch America’s Freedom Sailor. This innovative concept will introduce shipbuilding and universal design to the world. The time is now for America to spread goodwill globally and become the leader in the advancement of people with disabilities.


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How To Get On Board

DONATE

Please be generous and allow yourself to be rewarded with the knowledge that you have contributed to and joined with those who are making a major difference in the lives of people with disabilities.

GIVE US YOUR FEEDBACK

Our vessel will be the first and only universally designed tall ship built in the world.  We would love to have your input regarding the development of our ship!

  • WHY AFS?

    01. America’s Freedom Sailor is a non-profit organization

    Donate now and spread the word to help us set sail!

    America’s Freedom Sailor is a Louisiana Non-Profit entity and an IRS 501(c)(3) Corporation.

    Sailor takes the wheel
  • WHY AFS?

    02. Tall Ship for All!

    People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.

    – Disability Funder’s Network

    Blindfolded sailors eating lunch
  • WHY AFS?

    03. First of It’s Kind!

    Our vessel will be the only universally designed tall ship built in the world.
    We would love to have your input regarding the development of our ship!

    Smiling sailor steering ship
  • WHY AFS?

    04. Destinations for All!

    Follow our journey to Montreal for the 1st ever World Summit Destinations for All.

    Destinations for all
  • Jan Olijve

    Co-founder of America’s Freedom Sailor

    “Providing unrestricted access to unique, therapeutic, educational and recreational experiences that will enhance personal growth, encourage independence, and provide an opportunity for social interaction, regardless of personal limitations.”

  • Henry Van Dyke

    “To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.”

  • Disability Funder’s Network

    “People with disabilities constitute the nation’s largest minority group, and the only group any of us can become a member of at any time.”