We are working with Disability Rights New Jersey and Hopeworks of Camden to improve access to nature sites around the Pinelands for people with disabilities. One goal of this partnership is to create a mobile app that provides up-to-date information about our parks and forests that is tailored to the needs of people with disabilities. We held virtual Town Halls on 9/14 and 4/6 to learn more from the people who would benefit from this app. Watch the replay of both town halls here and take the survey.
We want to form a coalition of people dedicated to improving nature access in the Pinelands for people who identify as disabled. Help us achieve this goal!
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TOWN HALL September 14, 2021
This Town Hall features a video highlighting the real experiences faced by people with limited mobility and their caregivers when visiting a nature preserve in the Pinelands in July. It was followed by an open discussion with participants.
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Town Hall from April 6, 2021
Watch the replay! Speakers included Michael Brower, an expert with Disability Rights New Jersey who shared information on the rights of people with disabilities and Eric Husta, Atlantic County’s Parks Director, who discussed the county’s approach to making parks like their Estell Manor County Park more accessible. Hear from people who identify as disabled and their caregivers as they speak about their experiences in the outdoors.
Share your thoughts with us about the Town Hall and about the barriers you or the ones you love face when accessing parks and forests in New Jersey. Your feedback will improve future town hall listening sessions and will provide valuable information as we create an online mobile-friendly tool with information about existing facilities and opportunities. We will identify the improvements and new facilities that are needed and propose specific new projects in underserved communities.
This initiative was funded by an Inclusive Healthy Communities Grant from the Division of Disability Services, New Jersey Department of Human Services.