Accessibility of Outdoors: A DeafDisabled Experience
January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Dates: January 29th at 7- 8:30 pm EST
Meredith had her first backpacking experience in April 2019. As challenging it was for her, it did not stop her from falling in love with hiking and camping. The experience taught her a lot about herself. The pandemic limited her ability to be able to go out and enjoy nature. She only got to camp once, which is a lot less than what she would want to.
This discussion will discuss access to camping and access while camping. Meredith will be discussing her experience while hiking and camping. What she experiences and what access she had as a physically disabled person. She has Cerebral Palsy for full disclosure. There will be some research-based information as well regarding accessibility while camping.
Meredith graduated from Gallaudet University with both a Bachelors’s and Master’s degree in Deaf Studies and Deaf Cultural Studies. She hails from central Ohio and is an avid fan of The Ohio State University Buckeye. She identifies as a proud DeafDisabled person. Meredith is also a published writer*. She co-wrote “My Deaf Is Not Your Deaf: Realizing Intersectional Realities at Gallaudet University” with peers in her graduate school cohort, which was published as an article in the edited book. It’s a Small World. Meredith also works well with interpreters and has taught interpreting classes and various classes at Columbus State Community College. She also has been teaching Disability Studies at Gallaudet, online.
For fun, Meredith watches OSU football religiously every Saturday and loves to go camping and hiking. In the summer, she loves to swim and play pool basketball, and she also likes to ride her tricycle. Meredith has an adorable boxer, Dexter (yes, named after Dexter, the show), who is also her Certified Hearing Service Dog. She loves to play with Dexter.