University of Montana Rural Institute
Demography, Population, and Ecology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Community infrastructure – both public and private – influences the quality of life and the health of citizens. For people with disabilities, physical accessibility is a critical aspect of infrastructure. Nonetheless, community planners often lack reliable information for assessing accessibility. Therefore, we are developing standard assessments of access1 that city planners can use to identify areas in need of improvement. To determine a town’s accessibility, we rate parking location and signage; safety and accessibility of route to the business’ entry; parking accessibility; and the accessibility of a business’ entry, door and doorway, and interior. We previously assessed the accessibility of Montana towns with a population between 2,500 and 10,000. This report summarizes accessibility in Missoula.
community participation and independent living, community accessibility, rural, disability
© 2011 RTC:Rural.
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Our research is supported by grant #H133B080023 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Dept. of Education.
Rural Institute, University of Montana, "Accessibility Report Card for Missoula, Montana: Missoula's GPA is 3.32 – Earning a "B"" (2011). Independent Living and Community Participation. 1.