Donna Belusar • The Good of Goshen

Donna Belusar


Published June 2021

How can you make a nature trail more interactive for everyone? The Goshen Sensory Trail Project is a great testimony to Goshen.

The Trail Project, coming fall of 2021, is a collaborative partnership with Indiana, ADEC Services, the City of Goshen, and Goshen College. This year, the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs designated funds to communities that invest in partnership with people who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The City of Goshen then came to ADEC and said, ‘What can we do as a project?’ and we got to work. Our music, behavior therapists, and recreational therapists helped pick out sensory devices.”

[The trail features will involve sights, sounds, smells, touch, balance, and body awareness as participants connect with the psychological and physiological benefits of nature.]

The trail will also leverage technology. Goshen College is developing a phone app that will allow users to be more engaged with the environment.

When you meet our clients, you find individuals who are just incredibly gifted. You become connected with them, and they end up being your neighbors and your friends. That’s what drew me to ADEC. I’m the president and CEO of ADEC. I’ve been here almost 10 years.

The Goshen Sensory Trail Project • The Good of Goshen

Writing and editing by Scott Weisser and Neil King

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