The best accessible destinations for your holidays in 2017, as chosen by disabled travelers.
So last Sunday my fiancee Kasia and I headed from Cambridgeshire to Devon to complete the accessible activity you had chosen for me. With around five hours of driving, we finally arrived in Devon at 10pm to a full moon and silent landscape.
A newly opened park in Watertown, Massachusetts, wants to make sure everyone, from the elderly to the visually impaired, can experience nature on their own terms.
The playground’s “universal design” concept calls for play equipment and layouts to not just be accessible, but to encourage interaction between children of different mental and physical abilities.
Gardening is a healthy and simple way to enjoy safe and comfortable physical and mental activity. One can engage in gardening and structure it to leisure-time physical activity or focus on equally important fine/gross motor skills, flexibility, balance, and eye/hand coordination. The benefits of gardening are well-documented; formal programs in horticultural therapy use plants and plant-related activities to promote health and wellness for an individual or group. Horticultural therapy has been used to improve mobility, muscle coordination and strength, balance, endurance, socialization, and memory skills. Gardening can become part of a healthy and active lifestyle for people with disability with some simple adaptations to the garden, gardener, and plants.
Children’s play isn’t, well, child’s play. It’s a stepping stone to adulthood, says Laura K. Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, professor and director of UAB’s Postprofessional Master’s Program in occupational therapy in the UAB School of Health Professions. Play helps to build brains, bodies and social interactions that prepare children for school and the rest of their lives.
On July 2, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation will be opening an accessible beach to the public, funded by grants from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for all citizens of Miami Beach to come and enjoy. Sabrina Cohen, CEO & Founder, created the Foundation in 2006 a few years after sustaining a C3-5 level injury in a car accident at the age of 14. Originally she focused on funding research and educating the public, but then saw the array of needs she could help fill with her organization.
Portland-based Access Recreation isn’t pushing for better access on trails, it’s pushing for better access to information on trails. For these hikers, that makes a world of difference.
If you’re a person with or without a disability and you’d love to experience the thrill of the open water, the Canoemobile may be for you.
In celebration of the National Park Service centennial, the Canoemobile, operated by Wilderness Inquiry, will connect people with disabilities to the outdoors by getting them into canoes and out onto America’s great rivers and lakes. The Canoemobile, a fleet of 24-foot Voyager canoes, will be stopping across the country from April through October. The tour will stop at places such as Big Thicket National Preserve in Kountze, Texas; Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in Chesterton, Indiana; Golden Gate National Recreation Area near San Francisco, Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park in Hagerstown, Maryland, and more.
Best Practices of Accessibililty in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility. Voight, Alison; Robb, Gary; Skulski, Jennifer; Getz, Deborah; Scharven, Debbie (2008). Final Report (PDF).