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A woman in an adaptive wheelchair and helmet smiles broadly as she makes her way along a mountainous hike. Other hikers, some cheering, follow behind her.
No Barriers helps people with disabilities and their allies work together to overcome obstacles and ‘unleash the potential of the human spirit.’
A woman in an adaptive wheelchair and helmet smiles broadly as she makes her way along a mountainous hike. Other hikers, some cheering, follow behind her.
No Barriers helps people with disabilities and their allies work together to overcome obstacles and ‘unleash the potential of the human spirit.’
Diversity & Inclusion
October 14, 2021

‘I never felt more free of my disability in my life’

Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of No Barriers helps people with disabilities — including veterans with nonevident disabilities — conquer both physical and financial obstacles.

Overcoming challenges can require both inner strength and external support. That’s why Wells Fargo has been a multiyear sponsor of No Barriers, which helps people with disabilities — including veterans with nonevident disabilities — conquer both physical and financial obstacles. At this year’s summit in Colorado Aug. 28 – 30, Wells Fargo hosted virtual activities dedicated to workplace and financial inclusion, including a career fair and financial health booth in partnership with the National Disability Institute.

“No Barriers is focused on the ability of individuals, through their own sheer will, to overcome physical obstacles. Wells Fargo looks at the financial and economic barriers people with disabilities encounter, especially around employment,” said Andrew Holbrook, analytics manager for Wells Fargo Strategy, Digital, & Innovation and president of the Disability Connection Employee Resource Network.

Wells Fargo’s sponsorship of No Barriers also includes the No Barriers Warriors program, which is focused on the unique challenges military veterans face. In addition to physical injuries, many service members navigate nonevident disabilities like PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and thoughts of suicide. The No Barriers Warriors program provides wilderness expeditions and programming that helps veterans redefine their identity, purpose, and community as they face past and present challenges.

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Removing barriers to financial health and employment

Wells Fargo’s commitment to veterans and people with disabilities extends well beyond the No Barriers programs. A few past and ongoing efforts include:

  • Helping fund NDI’s Financial Resilience Center, an online information hub with financial health resources and virtual financial counseling.
  • Reaching more than 1.5 million military service members, veterans, and their families with financial education through Wells Fargo’s Hands on Banking® program.
  • Supporting 14 national organizations that serve people with disabilities seeking meaningful employment, leading to 15,000 Wells Fargo employees who self-identify as a person with a disability in the past five years.
  • Employing military talent liaisons to help recruit, counsel, and advocate for military job seekers as they transition from military life to civilian employment.
  • Hiring more than 6,000 veterans since 2018 and participated in more than 1,300 job fairs.

With these efforts and resources, Wells Fargo is able to help veterans and people with disabilities live the No Barriers slogan: “What’s within me is stronger than what’s in my way.”

 A collage of images showing Erik Weihenmayer, Melissa Simpson, Jeff Evans, and Andrew Holbrook on stage at the No Barriers Summit.
During the No Barriers Summit, people with disabilities share their stories and unique talents to elevate others and help them reach their highest potential.
A group of hikers on a mountainous incline work together to pull and push a woman in an adaptive wheelchair making her way up the path.
Click to expand / No Barriers uses physical challenges as metaphors to help people break out of perceived limitations about their potential.
A blind woman and her dog are hiking followed by another woman with hiking poles.
Click to expand / A blind woman and her dog make their way up the mountain during the “What’s Your Everest” hike.
 A collage showing a group of hikers with poles, a man in a wheelchair making his way along the dirt path, a woman wiping the brow of a person in an adaptive wheelchair, and a rope team pulling a man up the path in an adaptive wheelchair
No Barriers operates on the precept, “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.”
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 A collage shows a person in an insulated coat holding a No Barriers mug, a veteran sitting on a log writing on a No Barriers flag, a line of hikers with backpacks and No Barriers flags on their backs, and a woman sitting on her backpack smiling
No Barriers Warriors helps veterans redefine their identity, purpose, and community as they face past and present challenges.
A group of hikers wearing heavy backpacks and using hiking poles make up an incline a boulder field in the Rocky Mountains.
Click to expand / No Barriers Warriors expeditions provide opportunities for veterans to stretch physical and emotional boundaries and push through adversity to achieve a goal.
A split image showing veterans hiking through a green valley with mountains in the distance.
Click to expand / During the No Barriers Warriors expedition, veterans experienced a variety of weather and terrains.
 A collage shows a group of veterans celebrating a milestone along their journey, a cluster of tents in the forest, a veteran wearing a hooded coat and carrying a heavy backpack, and a man wearing a cap and backpack smiling for the camera.
No Barriers Warriors serves veterans who often struggle with invisible disabilities including PTSD and traumatic brain injury.
A dual image that shows two photos the group at the pinnacle of their expedition.
No Barriers Warriors fosters camaraderie among veterans and helps them build rope teams to help them along the expedition and through their journeys in life.
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