Project Background

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities
By Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing
Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest prevalence of disability (about 30%) of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. At the same time, the accessibility of public spaces and safety of roadways in tribal communities are lacking and AI/AN have a “per capita” pedestrian fatality rate more than four-and-a-half times the national average.

To address these troubling statistics, the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability (NCHPAD) awarded America Walks a Partnerships for Inclusive Health Innovation grant. The purpose and title of this project is to advance inclusive planning in tribal communities by engaging people with disabilities in designing safe and accessible transportation systems. In December, 2020, America Walks published a White Paper, which presents research into the extent to which people with disabilities are currently included in tribal planning processes and makes recommendations for making those processes more inclusive.
Following publication of this White Paper, two $2,500 mini-grants will now be awarded to communities or groups which present credible proposals for implementing some of the white paper’s recommendations and advancing inclusive planning in tribal communities.

For questions about this survey, please email Ian Thomas ( The deadline for submitting mini-grant applications is at Monday, February 1st, 2021 (end of the day).