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Help us learn what makes parks accessible!

Participants will complete an online or telephone survey. They then will visit Grouse Mountain Resort, Deas Island Regional Park, or Boundary Bay Regional Park with the study team. Participants will travel a set path through the park. While traveling the trail, participants will be asked questions about their experience using the park and their recommendations to improve accessibilty. Park choice may be limited by the needs of the study. As a thank you participants will receive a $100 stipend and reimbursement of mileage or taxi transportation. Participants are welcome to bring a companion.

Canada-wide survey on park standards

We are recruiting 100 people with disabilities across Canada to complete a survey about park accessibility standards. This survey (Delphi panel) is actually 2 to 3 surveys that builds consensus on standards based on the answers of all those who participate. This approach will allow us to focus on key standards we would like to see implemented into national parks. Participants are given a $25 stipend as a token of our appreciation for completing the survey.

Who can participate in this study?

You are being invited to take part in this research study because you:

  • Have a mobility, cognitive or sensory disability
  • Can read and write in English
  • Live in Canada
  • Are 19 years of age or older

If you are interested, please contact mortenson.ca[at]ubc.ca

Park Interviews (Still Recruiting)

We are looking for participants who:

  • Are 19+ and live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia
  • Can complete an about 3 km route on natural trails (with a gravel or dirt surface. No stairs are involved)
  • And who meet at least one of the following criteria:
    • Use a walker, rollator, or cane
    • Are D/deaf or have a hearing disability
    • Are Blind or have a vision disability
    • Have dementia
    • Have a brain injury
    • Are Autistic
    • Have a developmental disability like Down syndrome, FASD, intellectual disability, etc.
    • Have a mental illness or condition that impacts cognition or perception (such as schizoaffective conditions)

Want more information? Please email mortenson.ca[at]ubc.ca!

Workshop

We are currently recruiting people with a wide range of disabilities who are knowledgeable about parks and park professionals to help guide our research. The 90-minute, online workshop (to be held in April, 2022) will help identify and prioritize the standards we will focus for the surveys that will follow. Recruitment for this phase will be complete soon.

Surveys (Recruiting Soon)

In June 2022, we will be recruiting people with disabilities from across Canada to complete surveys rating the importance of standards to them. If you are interested, please contact us.

Want more information? Please email mortenson.ca[at]ubc.ca!