The concept of participation has emerged as a “gold standard” in disability and rehabilitation. But participation does not occur in a vacuum. Participation occurs in the context of events, formally and informally organized activities that occur at a specified time and place. For example, a local Chamber of Commerce might sponsor a county fair for the second week in August. That event might include several programs for attracting attendance, such as a rodeo. A person who attends the event and engages in the program has participated in it. For a person with a significant impairment to participate, both an event’s venue and the program must be accessible. Despite their importance as the context of participation, little research has addressed the accessibility of events. The goal of this project is to facilitate participation in community life by promoting community accessibility. The specific aim of this project is to develop and demonstrate community level measures of opportunities in rural environments (MORE). These methods and measures will then be integrated into a demonstration project, Community Accessibility of Rural Events.
- Project dates: 2013-2018
- Funded by: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Grant No. H133B130028
- Principal staff: Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D., Tom Seekins, Ph.D., Tracy Boehm, M.P.H., Tannis Hargrove, M.S., Lillie Greiman, M.A.
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Links to Scholarly Articles and Abstracts:
Exploring the Feasibility of Using “Google Street View” to Assess the Accessibility of Community Environments: Developing Definitions and Observational Protocol for Image Recognition and Classification Research in Social Science and Disability, 2014.