Gardening for All: Accessibility Task Force
Gardening made accessible for everyone
The "Gardens for All" Accessibility Task Force was formed in Spring 2019 in response to the needs of several Grassroots Gardeners living with disabilities. Through the generous support of the New York State Conservation Partnership Program, we were able to form a community-gardener led task force that is evaluating accessibility and barriers within our community and school garden network. Long-time gardener, Gerldine Wilson, leads the task force which is comprised of both community gardeners and volunteers from local organizations such as Deaf Access Services, Western New York Independent Living, Olmsted Center for Sight, and Buffalo Public Schools. In 2019-2020, the task force is conducting a three-pronged evaluation including surveying the general public on barriers to community gardening, surveying current Grassroots Gardeners, and conducting site visits to 20 neighborhood-based community gardens. The outcome of the initiative is to make recommendations for improvement to access including the likely addition of ADA-pathways accessible, braille signage, trail markers and other improvements for people who are blind or vision-impaired, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, use a wheelchair, or have other adaptive needs.
You can access the survey for the general public which will help us to gauge awareness of community garden locations and accessibility in our community gardens. If you or a family member have a functional limitation, we strongly suggest taking 5 minutes of your time to take the survey below by clicking "Take the Survey Here" below!