The focus of this study was an assessment of some of the existing barriers facing deaf and hard of hearing participants in outdoor education settings. The researcher attempted to quantify and qualify some of these barriers, such as social barriers, economic barriers, educational barriers, and legal/accessibility barriers, as experienced by individual deaf and hard of hearing participants in outdoor programs or activities. This was accomplished through a four part survey that was sent out to deaf individuals by word of mouth, email, and social media. Out of the four possible barriers surveyed, the results showed that economic and legal/accessibility barriers existed. Social and educational questions tested below the threshold required to be considered a barrier. This study also attempted to suggest possible remedies for some of these barriers based on the participants responses, such as one participant recommending “hiking with deaf groups.”
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|Commitee:||Rubenstien, Steven, Doleac, Sarah|
|School:||Alaska Pacific University|
|School Location:||United States -- Alaska|
|Source:||MAI 81/5(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Disability studies, Environmental Studies|
|Keywords:||Barriers, Deaf, Hard-of-hearing, Outdoor education, Outdoors, Wilderness|
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