Visually impaired people have very limited access to nature, especially when it comes to activities like hiking. Hiking trails are usually bumpy and sometimes treacherous and turn out to be unsafe. In addition, blind people cannot read the available signage as they are usually inaccessible.
To address these challenges, Evan Barnard founded Nature for All, an organization that makes hiking trails accessible to blind people. “Braille trails” offer guided ropes and signs for blind people so that a visually impaired person can walk along unaided and enjoy sensory experiences, e.g. B. touching trees, feeling the texture of leaves and barking trees, etc.
With this type of support, visually impaired people can not only enjoy nature in a relaxed and independent manner, but also without fear of what lies ahead.
Nature for All maintains a directory of braille trails and sensory gardens in the US and around the world. See if there is one near you!
Does this give you ideas on how to make trails, gardens, and parks accessible in your communities? Share your thoughts below!
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