Inside The Evesham Township Accessibility Survey Project
The Evesham Township municipality received a grant from the New Jersey Inclusive Healthy Communities (IHC) Grant Program to create a more inclusive community for people with disabilities in the Township. As part of that grant, CQL surveyed the Township community about accessibility and inclusion.
This study involved three online surveys targeting three different audiences:
- Survey for people with disabilities and their families about the accessibility of the Evesham Township community;
- Survey for nondisabled community members about their familiarity with, and favoritism towards, disability accessibility; and,
- Survey for people who are employed in departments of the Evesham Township municipality about their work with people with disabilities.
CQL designed the survey content based on best practices in accessibility, universal design, and inclusion. A person with a disability who is an expert in urban design, and inclusive infrastructure, reviewed the surveys and provided feedback.
Participants were recruited via information distributed by the municipality through their newsletter and social media. The survey for municipality employees was forwarded to them directly via email. CQL was available to support people to complete the surveys; paper copies of the surveys were also distributed to facilitate accessibility. In total, 483 people participated in the surveys.
Quantitative data were analyzed with descriptive statistics. Qualitative data were analyzed using thematic analysis and are presented in terms of major and minor themes.
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