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I never tried the swings before: Perspectives on urban greenspace from children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography. (Green Access)
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

To achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11.7 aiming to create inclusiveand accessible greenspaces, there is need to involve children with profound intellectual andmultiple disabilities in research and planning practices. The aim of this study is to explore whatexperiences of accessibility children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities haveof greenspace. Through the qualitative method of go along interviews using augmentative andalternative communication, such as pictures and sign language, children provide their opinionsabout the public park LĂ„ngbroparken in southern Stockholm, Sweden. Their experiences areanalysed through the framework of environmental justice, exploring fair distribution,recognition, capabilities and functioning. The findings demonstrate that children with profoundintellectual and multiple disabilities can indeed be included in research practices throughadapted interview situations. Either the researcher needs to be skilled and experienced inalternative and augmentative communication, and preferably have previous relations with thechildren, or be able to cooperate with someone who has such abilities and connections.Individual experiences of physical and social accessibility in the park create feelings of bothoutsideness and immersing oneself into nature and highlight the interaction of person andenvironment. In conclusion, children with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities holdvaluable explanations and experiences of what constitutes inclusive and accessible greenspacesand their perspectives are required to fulfil targets such as the United Nations SustainableDevelopment Goal 11.7.

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2019. , p. 72
Keywords [en]
Green access, greenspace, park, children, profound intellectual and multiple disabilities, PIMD, disability
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Physical Geography Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170474OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170474DiVA, id: diva2:1335579
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