About Jacob Vail

I believe in living life to the fullest, trying to see the positive in all things, and accessibility for everyone no matter who they are. I love the outdoors. I am proud to say that I am part of the Snohomish County Park Board. Getting to know the beautiful parks in Washington has been a highlight for me. My love for parks and the outdoors started at an early age. I spent most of my summers in the woods at my grandparents’ cabin. For me, it is particularly important to have the outdoors accessible to everyone and to enter land respectfully whenever I find myself in the woods or outdoors. I fell in love with animals when I was very young. I have two dogs, two cats, and a lizard. Animals can give us unconditional love and I wish to have a fraction of that understanding throughout my life. It is only right that we give back to those furry critters that give us joy even when it is a hard day.

 

One thing about me that I am sure you will notice is that I am disabled. I have been this way all of my life. I grew up with only one eye. In recent years I have fallen to a conditional genetic disease called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome also known as EDS. That means I have a first hand understanding of what it means to be disabled and the struggles people with disabilities face. I have a personal stake making the parks and the city more accessible for those like me to enjoy it. I even had a proclamation signed by our governor to recognize those with similar ailments to mine. The word accessible to me doesn't just apply to those of us that are disabled. Accessibility is also needed for people who are often judged simply for being who they are, people of all races and walks of life, and businesses looking to grow. Others have seen me as idealistic for wanting everyone to be equal and on the same footing. I do not see it as idealistic at all. I see it as the new normal. If you can take anything away from the passion I have for equality it would be this: love many love all, treat everyone with respect, and always believe that the person across from you knows just as much or more than you do. I hope this gives you a little bit more insight as to who I am. I look forward to answering any questions you may have. Feel free to email me and ask anything you would like.