Zoos and Accessibility
In order for individuals to participate in a recreational activity, such as visiting a zoo or aquarium, they must have the personal freedom to choose whether to participate or not (Orams, 1992). Unfortunately, many Americans do not have this freedom because they are disabled. Programs, policies and facilities have created barriers that prevent participation by individuals with disabilities (Bedini & McCann, 1992). Their disabilities, plus the compounding restrictions made by individuals within society creates situations that prevent or restrict personal freedom in choosing recreational activities.