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Getting Outdoors with a Disability
Camping is good for the soul. But it can also be tough on our bodies, especially for the disabled. But disabled camping has become easier! Countless campgrounds and national parks have implemented new ways to accommodate wheelchair users, the visually impaired and other issues to allow everyone to enjoy being out in nature. Find an accessible campground near you.
It’s always a good idea to make a checklist for supplies before you go camping, especially as a wheelchair user. 5 tips for Wheelchair Friendly Camping lists a few ways to make sure your trip goes off without a hitch so you can focus on having fun! Learn how to pick the perfect tent and more.
After generations of sleeping outside, you tend to pick up a few camping hacks. Since 1938, REI Co-op Members and staffers have been creating and tuning pro tips to help make the outdoors a little more fun. These may not change your life, but they just might save some time or impress your friends. Check out REI’s Camping Hacks.
If you like birdwatching, you may have noticed that some spots are lacking in accessibility. Often times different parts of accessible design don’t get connected — for example, when a paved trail for wheelchair users has info signs placed too from the trail to read. Learn how you can advocate for better access by checking out BirdNote.
Spending time in nature provides a host of benefits, from lowering blood pressure and stress to boosting immune system function. For many people living with disabilities, though, there can be significant barriers to getting into the great outdoors. While ADA-accessible campgrounds do exist, there’s a lot of ground to cover to improve access to all. The Dyrt shares info on making the outdoors attainable beyond ADA Campgrounds.