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June 08, 2023 RAPID RESPONSE

Rights of Persons with Disabilities to Access Public Natural Resources

Access to nature is beneficial to everyone, including persons with disabilities. Increasingly research shows that time in nature provides a range of physical, emotional and mental benefits and can enhance a sense of belonging. However, accessibility issues mean that the disability community is often excluded from the outdoors. This webinar addresses the current environment of access, barriers to the outdoors, and how we can make nature more accessible.


  • Jeremy S. Buzzell, Branch Chief, Accessibility Management Program, U.S. National Park Service
  • Riss Leitzke, Program Coordinator, Wilderness Inquiry
  • Kristine Perry, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law Institute 
  • Stuart Seaborn, Managing Director, Litigation, Disability Rights Advocates


  • Emily G. Bergeron, Assistant Professor, Department of Historic Preservation, University of Kentucky College of Design; Vice Chair, Environmental Justice Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Disability Rights


Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled (BCID), et al., v. New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Four Freedoms Park Conservancy | Disability Rights Advocates

Settlement Reached to Provide Equal Access to FDR Memorial on Roosevelt Island | Disability Rights Advocates

Gray, et. al v. Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), et al. | Disability Rights Advocates

Tucker v. CA State Parks | Disability Rights Advocates

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