WEBINAR – Beyond ramps and handrails: designing with and for the senses

In this seminar, we welcomed Dr Sarah Bell, from the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter. This webinar is particularly relevant for environmental and health and social care professionals with an interest in designing inclusive natural environments.

Sarah will be sharing learning from three recent projects – Sensing Nature, Nature Narratives and Re-Storying Landscapes – designed to explore opportunities to develop and promote socially inclusive multisensory nature experiences in collaboration with people with sight impairment. Nature access is often considered in terms of adjustments to the physical fabric of a setting. While such adjustments are important, inclusive nature access needs to look beyond measures that allow physical presence in a space, to those that enable a rich quality of experience, including sensory, intellectual and social access and meaningful participation in shaping and sharing the stories of these settings.

Through sharing examples and case studies, Sarah will highlight opportunities to dismantle disabling barriers to experiencing nature, to nurture feelings of freedom, relatedness, pleasure and exploration. The talk is followed by a Q&A session.

Recorded: 30 April 2021
Speaker: Dr Sarah Bell, European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter
Host: Dr Ben Wheeler
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