Participation of People with Disabilities in the NSRE
Presented by: Dr. Bryan McCormick
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The data were collected as part of the National Survey on Recreation and the Environment
(NSRE) conducted by the US Forest Service during January.
1994- April 1995. The purpose of the project was to examine the characteristics, outdoor
activity participation, and attitudes of people with disabilities in the NSRE survey.
The method used was a telephone survey of randomly selected individuals over the age of 15.
The total NSRE collected information from approximately 17,000 individuals and included a little
over 1,200 people with disabilities.
Patterns of participation in outdoor recreation were similar across most activities for people with
and without disabilities.
Although most people with disabilities reported experiencing few barriers to outdoor recreation, barriers
of health conditions and physical limitations were experienced by the majority people with disabilities.
Most people with disabilities did not report needing accommodations or assistive devices for participation
in outdoor recreation. Among those requiring assistance, the most common assistive devices/accommodations
were mobility aids, a companion/assistant, and architectural modifications.
Attitudes toward accessibility seem to indicate that people with disabilities generally felt that no outdoor
recreation area should be completely "inaccessible;" however agree that more primitive areas will be generally
less accessible than less primitive areas.
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