A Study of Participation in the Game of Golf by Persons with Disabilities and Persons Who have Health Concerns

A Study of Participation in the Game of Golf
by Persons with Disabilities and Persons Who have Health Concerns

A number of important events have occurred in recent years such as the invention or improvement of assistive devices for use in golf; development of ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) guidelines for recreation facilities including golf facilities; and an increase in the number of organizations promoting golf for persons with disabilities and health concerns. 

ADA Compliance: March 15, 2012 is a Starting Line, not a Deadline

March 15, 2012 is upon us, the compliance date for the 2010 ADA Standards. The National Center on Accessibility staff continues to field questions from practitioners. Many questions are rooted in misinformation. As reported in our October article, What’s the Big Deal About March 15, 2012? there has been an influx of product advertisements warning facility operators to come into ADA compliance by March 15. The date has been falsely advertised in a sense as a “deadline” with statements to the effect that your facility must be retrofitted by this date or you run the risk of ADA litigation.

NCA Seeks Land Managers with Trails to Participate in National Study

In a collaborative effort between the U.S. Access Board, the National Center on Accessibility (NCA), and Oklahoma State University, NCA is seeking to provide qualified professionals, resource specialists and operations staff of parks in the United States with descriptive and or/comparative information about the status of construction practices of pedestrian/hiker, natural surface trails in the United States. This study will provide better insight into the products used on trail surfaces, the firmness and stability of those surfaces, and the frequency of maintenance/repair activities performed.

Access Today: January/February 2012

DOJ Issues Guidance on Means of Entry/Exit to Swimming Pools

Is a pool lift required at every public pool? Can a pool lift be shared between pools? Can a pool lift be portable?  To address these questions, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a technical assistance document earlier this month Accessible Pools: Means of Entry and Exit. Long awaited, the DOJ guidance offers its interpretation and expectations for pool access at existing facilities covered by Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. DOJ cites the provisional requirement for Title II entities to meet the program access standard and provide swimming programs in the most integrated setting. The enforcement agency also lists factors to determine which pools should be made accessible. DOJ further states in the guidance for Title II entities that sharing accessible equipment between pools is not permitted, unless it would result in undue burdens to provide equipment at each one. For public accommodations covered by Title III, DOJ cites the readily achievable provision and states that the barrier removal obligation is a continuing one, and it is expected that a business will take steps to improve accessibility over time. 

Access Today: December 2011

Season’s Greetings from the National Center on Accessibility

During this holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who make inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism possible.  Your commitment and continued work are vital to improving the health and wellness of people with disabilities throughout the United States and abroad. In this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, Thank You. Season’s greetings and best wishes this holiday and throughout the new year.          -the NCA Staff


Registration Open for NCA 2012 Training Courses

Access Today: October 2011

2012 International Building Code Expands to Recreation Facility Access
While the US Department of Justice has been garnering headlines over the last year for adoption of the new 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, the 2012 International Building Code has quietly come on the scene as The new accessibility standard. In many ways, the new 2012 IBC may have far more reach for making recreation facilities accessible. For the first time in the IBC history, the model code includes technical provisions for recreation facilities.