This project is a component of a research-informed white paper focused on the challenges and opportunities associated with access to outdoor recreation for people with disabilities in New Jersey. This report shares the key findings from three focus groups with people with disabilities across New Jersey, conducted by the study team in March and April 2023 in collaboration with community-based organizations focused on working with people with disabilities to increase their independence and expand their opportunities. Studies have shown that being in nature can restore and strengthen our mental capacities, increasing focus and attention. However, research also points to the inequitable access to nature and outdoor recreation faced by people with disabilities. By conducting focus groups, the study team gained direct input from people with disabilities, family members, and representatives from organizations that serve people with disabilities to offer their insights on needs, challenges, and priorities that relate to expanding access for people with disabilities to nature and outdoor recreation in New Jersey.
Focus Group Synthesis for Increasing Access to Nature for People with Disabilities
Alexander, Karen J., Josephine O’Grady, and Jeanne Herb. 2023. “Focus Group Synthesis for Increasing Access to Nature for People with Disabilities” White Paper