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Assessing and Comparing the Accessibility of Community Environments: A Feasibility Study

Environmental Contexts and Disability

ISBN: 978-1-78441-263-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-262-3

ISSN: 1479-3547

Publication date: 4 November 2014


Practical implications

It is feasible to assess accessibility of communities in a standard format. Systematic and longitudinal assessments of the accessibility of community infrastructure can contribute to community planning and development. There is a need to create a program to routinely monitor community environments as they change, integrate the findings into public policy and practice, and use the data as a basis for advancing a science of the environment.




This project was supported, in part, by a grant (H133B030501) from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education. The opinions expressed reflect those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the funding agency. The authors gratefully acknowledge our collaborators: Meg Traci, Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program; and the staff and consumers of Montana’s centers for independent living. We also acknowledge Dan Denis for his help in developing the sampling framework and drawing the sample of businesses.


Seekins, T., Arnold, N. and Ipsen, C. (2014), "Assessing and Comparing the Accessibility of Community Environments: A Feasibility Study", Environmental Contexts and Disability (Research in Social Science and Disability, Vol. 8), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 55-70.



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