Most online content remains inaccessible to disabled users. There are few accessible resources for people who are blind or low-vision, deaf or hard of hearing, autistic, or have a sensory disability. This means that not only are people with disabilities excluded from enjoying the outdoors, they are excluded from enjoying content about the outdoors. Creating accessible outdoor content is one important factor in building a more inclusive outdoor community.
One of the best experiences I’ve ever had in a national park wasn’t necessarily because of the things people usually think of, like gorgeous views, wild nature, and friendly park staff. Rather, it was because of signs—that’s right, those things often considered “trail noise,” cluttering pristine nature, made the difference between a positive and negative experience for me.
My hope is that by expanding the narrative about disability and the outdoors, we can create a richer community of national park lovers and advocates. We all deserve to enjoy the benefits that time in nature provides; we all deserve to love ourselves and love the places we are in.