Barrier-free tourism in the natural environment for people with physical disabilities with specific reference to Eastern Cape facilities

Chapman, Sally Lynn (1998) Barrier-free tourism in the natural environment for people with physical disabilities with specific reference to Eastern Cape facilities. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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Social workers are becoming increasingly involved in community projects, thus allowing them to reach more people. One of these areas involves the sensitising of society in the removal of barriers which prevent people with disabilities from living balanced and integrated lives. One aspect requiring particular attention is the natural environment which, until recently, has been neglected. In order to increase the knowledge of the researcher in the field of environmental accessibility, twenty six people with physical disabilities were interviewed to ascertain which factors they saw as important and relevant when assessing the natural environment. Their ideas were incorporated into practical assessments of a game reserve and a possible hiking trail for people with disabilities. As it is of vital importance to include the consumers in studies of this nature, selected people with varying abilities and disabilities assisted in these "hands on" studies. Qualitative interviews were also conducted on the owners of facilities who were in the process of making their facilities accessible. This allowed the researcher and selected people with disabilities to evaluate positive and negative experiences, thus adding to their knowledge base and building capacity for people with disabilities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Disabilities, Natural environment, Game reserves, Trails, Social workers,
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
S Agriculture > SK Hunting sports
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities
ID Code:2869
Deposited By: Philip Clarke
Deposited On:30 May 2012 08:19
Last Modified:30 May 2012 08:19
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