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On Wednesday, December 9th, America Walks will release a new White Paper on Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities and broadcast a live webinar featuring the author and members of the Project Advisory Board.

Funded through a Partnership for Inclusive Health Innovation Grant, this project has involved research, key informant interviews, and expert analysis, with the goals being:

  1. To understand how people with disabilities are currently engaged in tribal community planning processes, and
  2. To develop recommendations for expanding inclusion and ensuring the design and construction of safe and accessible transportation systems.

White Paper author Yamelith Aguilar will describe her research and key findings, which relate to tribal culture, existing infrastructure for walking and rolling, and the legal applicability of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Following Yamelith’s presentation, a panel of experts in disability inclusion, community engagement/advocacy, accessible design, and tribal planning will discuss the implications of the study and recommendations for future projects and processes. These experts, who represent national organizations and tribal governments, served as the Project Advisory Board – reviewing drafts of the White Paper and providing additional context and best practices.

Finally, details of a new Tribal Inclusion Mini-Grants Program will be announced. Groups and communities with an interest or experience in this area of community change will be invited to submit brief proposals for projects designed to implement one or more recommendations of the White Paper. Two $2,500 mini-grants will be awarded in January.