At their core, walkable communities are about the way space and land use serve as foundations for how humans interact. Walkability advocates have worked tirelessly for years to address how we move through, in, and from spaces. Protecting and guaranteeing the right to experience places, spaces and environments is spatial justice and walkability advocates understand that how we organize space influences social relations. There could not be a more potentially aligned effort to promote spatial justice than walkability advocates and disability rights advocates.
The fourth episode of the America Walks’ Walking Towards Justice discussion series, co-hosted with the National Center for Health, Physical Activity, and Disability and Lakeshore Foundation, will feature leaders and founders of the Disability Rights Movement and will explore how to promote spatial justice for all community members. In our continued work to operationalize inclusion and accessibility in the mission of America Walks, this episode of Walking toward Justice will dive into how disability rights and the history of the disability rights movement have shaped and created the spaces we live, work and play in today. The discussion will provide an overview of the history of the disability rights movement, the intentional commitment to create accessible and inclusive spaces, and develop an awareness of the actions we all need to take to create safe, accessible, equitable and enjoyable places for everyone to walk and be physically active.