The countryside belongs to all of us, so everyone should have access to the trails in the countryside. Accessibility standards have been developed for this, which should have the minimum measurements of those rural paths so that visitors with disabilities can also use them without any problems.
What is a disability?
A disability is a congenital limitation of a physical, mental, psychological and/or social nature that is acquired as a result of an illness or accident.
Medical and social
In the broad sense, a disability is both a medical and a social limitation. Anything that hinders or hinders harmonious coexistence with the environment and thereby hinders the social development of the individual, can mean a handicap.
The concept of disability is therefore much broader than just medical. However, medical recognition as a disabled person often means that people are also seen as socially disabled. Medical recognition can sometimes mean an improvement in the social situation, because it entitles the person to support and the person feels recognized in his/her situation.
Individual and Integration Restriction
The disability manifests itself in individual limitations as well as obstacles in performing activities in and participation in society (World Health Organization, 2001). These limitations mainly act as a brake on individual development and integration into social life. Disability is about the body and mind, the individual and the personality. There are more and more people with disabilities who plan their own care, want to process and research their disability themselves. The scientific discipline of Disability Studies or Disability Studies conducts research, using the experience of experts, into the living situation and perception of people with disabilities.
The legislation on persons with disabilities, part of welfare law, has evolved in that direction. Disabled care, mainly aimed at ‘care for victims’, has become more professional and has evolved into Care for people with disabilities, applying quality care criteria.