We had the good fortune of connecting with Margarita Elizondo and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Margarita, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be about equity for all people. That every person, regardless of color, belief, background, or age, has equal access to employment, education, resources, and medical coverage. We are all humans, and our lives have value and purpose. We should all have the equal right to pursue our dreams and be supported to achieve them.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
We aspire to live in a diverse and inclusive world that gives value to every human being no matter our differences, backgrounds, beliefs, or abilities. Our aim is to educate on the importance of inclusion in our communities and create recreational, leisure, and sports activities that are adaptive and inclusive to all abilities. There are over 10 million Americans living with a disability in the United States, and this is the only minority group in the world that anyone can become a part of at any given moment. Some people are born with disabilities while others may acquire them later in life. Whether transitioning from able-bodied to disabled or growing up with a disability, our purpose is to help others understand that being different is okay. Everyone’s life has value and everyone has the right to be included.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There is nothing more gorgeous in San Diego than our water! We have quite a few beaches, lakes, and even hiking trails that lead you to waterfalls! San Diego is the kind of place where you can genuinely have fun all year in the water! You can enjoy water parks, surfing, jet-skiing, sailing, boating, skiing, fishing, kayaking, paddle boarding, you name it, and San Diego has it! Even just taking a drive or walk along Harbor Drive, you can enjoy watching the boats. My personal favorite is taking the fairy to Coronado and enjoying the harbor on the bay!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Retired SDSU Professor Mendy McClure and current SDSU Professor Diana Pastora-Carson opened my eyes to how little I and society knew about ableism. and disability history. The first time I spoke at SDSU, I did not realize the impact I would have on this group of 500 twentysomething-year-olds, but they impacted me too! So much that I decide to make this the focus of my advocacy efforts. Educating our youth on the importance of acceptance, diversity, and inclusion, I know, will change our future views on disability in society.

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