Distance Learning

The National Center on Accessibility is committed to using technology to provide continuing education programs that are cost-effective and conducive to busy work schedules. The following distance education programs are available through NCA:

A2R Webinar Series Archive

Three free 90-minute webinar session archives (2009).  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Access to Recreation grant program has provided $15 million in funding to 36 recreation projects in four Midwestern states over the last three years. Projects were selected based on their concepts for embracing universal design, opportunity to facilitate inclusion of people of all abilities and opportunity to serve as an exemplar of universal design to community planners, recreation practitioners and advocates.  PlaygroundsBoating and FishingInterpretive Trails.


Introduction to Program Access

Free one hour e-course (2009).  The purpose of this course is to discuss Program Access as a beneficial and necessary concept in providing a meaningful experience to people with disabilities seeking to participate in parks and recreation. Within this comprehensive course, the learner will be introduced to the concepts and principles of Program Access, multiple examples of integrated services, and methods of Program Access implementation.  The e-course is offered through the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, www.parktraining.org


Introduction to Universal Design

Free one hour e-course (2008).  Universal design refers to the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people. This course provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design and its seven principles. In addition, the course presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, programmer, and the consumer.  This course has been specifically designed by the National Center on Accessibility for park and recreation practitioners.  The e-course is offered through the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, www.parktraining.org


Universal Design: Applying the Principles in Park Settings

Originally broadcast as a 3-hour satellite program (March 2008) for the National Park Service, this program is full of examples of universal design in park settings.  The video program has been archived to the NCA web site to serve as a resource to park and recreation practitioners in the field.  Dave Park, former NPS Accessibility Program Coordinator, provides the introduction.  Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director of the Institute for Human Centered Design (Adaptive Environments), discusses the definition of universal design.  Ray Bloomer and Jennifer Skulski, NCA, give examples of universal design for elements common to park settings.


Introduction to the Rec Rule 

Streaming video program. (Spring 2003).  Join Peggy Greenwell and Bill Botten, of the U.S. Access Board, as they highlight the major provisions of the newly released Accessibility Guidelines for Recreation Facilities. This program is moderated by the National Center on Accessibility and funded in part by the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability and the National Park Service.


Recreation Access: Research to Practice

Streaming video program. (June 2002).  NCA research findings in golf, beach access, trail surfaces, swimming pools and visitor expectations.


Blue Falls Virtual Park

Web module. (March 2002)


NCA Video Seminar

This self-study package (September 2000) including a 2-part video, training packet and web-based supplemental material. The 4-hour video program includes presentation on the status of rulemaking and highlights of "best practices" applications in outdoor recreation nvironments. Video presentations include an opening address by Robert Stanton, Director of the National Park Service; and featured sessions by Peggy Greenwell, U.S. Access Board; David Park, National Park Service; Ruth Doyle, USDA Forest Service; Peter Jensen, Open Space Management, Inc; Don Beers, California State Parks; and Edward Hamilton, Easter Seals Virginia.