12 August 2018

WHAT IS THE NATURE & HANDICAP PROJECT?

The question of the participation of people with disabilities in the whole social sphere is a major contemporary social issue. The way in which a society recognizes the humanity of people with disabilities often speaks volumes about its degree of solidarity and awareness. The recognition of disability is reflected today in all European countries by anti-discrimination legislation and support and support mechanisms. Nevertheless in many fields conquests remain to be assured. While the right to school, work, culture or the freedom to come and go have certainly made significant progress over the last 20 years, the situation of people with disabilities remains broadly characterized in Europe by less access to resources and living spaces. Among the sites that remain to explore, the issue of access to nature and natural areas is an important issue.

The final declaration of COP21 recognizes that the lack of access to a quality environment is one of the components of exclusion situations. Asserting a universal right to nature means recognizing that human beings need, in order to develop, a quality environment, a connection with nature of which they feel a part, and positive interactions with human beings. living, landscapes and natural elements that are registered in positive in the deepest of our individual and collective unconscious.

Affirming a right to nature is thus part of an extended concept of health and well-being as indicated by the World Health Organization by considering that the living environment is the first factor of health and well-being. fulfillment.

The Nature and Handicap project was born of the finding of difficult access for people with disabilities to nature in the broad sense.

Difficulty enjoying access to preserved natural areas.

Difficulty living in an environment where nature and its beneficial effects are present

Difficult to also find the leisure / nature offer rarely adapted to people with disabilities.

Born of the works and exchanges that fed the reflection of the participants in this project ERASMUS + this project has three ambitions:

Offer to people with disabilities a panorama of possibilities, a tool for reflection and mobilization to claim, build with their allies a dynamic in favor of an effective right to nature.

Provide opportunities for grassroots actors working in the disability field to integrate the nature and environment dimension into their intervention framework.

Promote taking into account disability in environmental circles, naturalist or nature activities to encourage inclusive practices in this sector.