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Walkability, Roll-ability, Possibility: Integrating Accessibility into Your Walking Audits

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Format: Mobile Workshop
Full Description: Communities that fully embrace universal design and support walking and bicycling pave the path for increased inclusion of people with disabilities. This empowering session literally walks participants through everyday disability, how it impacts or will impact us all -- we all need physical assistance to navigate the world -- and how the historic disability rights movement intersects and complements the Walk/Bike/Places movement, informing our choices in planning and universal design to make inclusive civic participation and healthy, happy active lifestyles available to everybody. The disability community is the minority group any one of us can join at any given time. This session provides walking advocates with knowledge and tools to combine accessibility and walkability to create convenient, connected and safe communities with mobility options for all. Attendees will participate in a walking and rolling audit, identifying key features of accessibility, making recommendations and learning firsthand that structural and architectural barriers can be disabling, unintentionally excluding or overlooking many who can contribute to the fabric of a vibrant community. This session elevates the importance of forming partnerships with the disability community to improve access and inform and educate all community leaders, elected officials, city planners, stakeholders, etc. about research, trends and best practices in inclusive design. Wear your walking shoes, charge your power wheelchair or scooter, or grab a buddy, a walking aid and your adaptive hand, recumbent or tandem cycle, as you will be inspired to walk, roll and experience accessibility as you go!

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