The mission remains the same, but the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University is now widening its scope.
Eppley will now fall under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
The institute is known across the state and nation as a leader in research, education and service to advance inclusive and equitable communities for all people, including those with significant disabilities.
With Eppley now under the umbrella of the Indiana Institute, it will provide a unique opportunity to expand the impact of the Indiana Institute into new spaces — national, state and local parks and public lands.
“All people have the right to live, recreate and be fully included in their community,” said Derek Nord, director of the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community.
Nord is also an associate professor of special education in the School of Education at IU Bloomington.
“One’s disability status should not dictate these outcomes. Through the Eppley Institute’s extensive work with park systems and the collaborative opportunities that exist with the IIDC’s six centers, the research and innovation opportunities are many.”
The Eppley Institute partners with recreation, park and public land organizations to enhance access, choice and quality of natural, cultural and recreational experiences.