Document Type

Student Research Paper


Spring 2022

Academic Department

Occupational Therapy

Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Judy Beck Ericksen


The Americans with Disabilities Act was initially passed in 1990 with an aim of creating accessible public spaces for all individuals with disabilities and impairments. Since that time, research on accessibility for children with physical impairments has largely been focused on access to homes and schools. It is clear that a lack of accessibility impacts children with physical impairments in other environments by reducing social participation and interaction with peers. There is minimal research on accessibility of children’s extracurricular spaces, such as summer camps, despite studies showing the importance of children with physical impairments participating in social extracurricular activities. This project assessed the ADA compliance and accessibility of a children’s summer camp with a focus on determining where accessibility could be improved to facilitate participation for all children.


Honors Senior Thesis; Honors in the Discipline; OT 494 HID Thesis; Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD)