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PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities

Bandukda, M; Holloway, C; Singh, A; Berthouze, N; (2020) PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities. In: ASSETS '20: The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Green open access

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Abstract

Interacting with natural environments such as parks and the countryside improves health and wellbeing. These spaces allow for exercise, relaxation, socialising and exploring nature, however, they are often not used by blind and partially sighted people (BPSP). To better understand the needs of BPSP for outdoor leisure experience and barriers encountered in planning, accessing and engaging with natural environments, we conducted an exploratory qualitative online survey (22 BPSP), semi-structured interviews (20 BPSP) and a focus group (9 BPSP; 1 support worker). We also explored how current technologies support park experiences for BPSP. Our findings identify common barriers across the stages of planning (e.g. limited accessible information about parks), accessing (e.g. poor wayfinding systems), engaging with and sharing leisure experiences. Across all stages (PLan, Access, Engage, Share) we found a common theme of Contribute. BPSP wished to co-plan their trip, contribute to ways of helping others access a place, develop multisensory approaches to engaging in their surroundings and share their experiences to help others. In this paper, we present the initial work supporting the development of a framework for understanding the leisure experiences of BPSP. We explore this theme of contribution and propose a framework where this feeds into each of the stages of leisure experience, resulting in the proposed, PLACES framework (PLan, Access, Contribute, Engage, Share), which aims to provide a foundation for future research on accessibility and outdoor leisure experiences for BPSP and people with disabilities.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities
Event: ASSETS 2020 - 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
ISBN-13: 978-1-4503-7103-2
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1145/3373625.3417001
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Nature, Outdoors, Leisure, Blind, Visual impairment, Accessibility
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10109857
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