Access Management

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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.

ADA Approved and Other Accessible Product Myths: Choosing Products to Improve Access at Your Parks & Facilities

Choosing products for use in a park or recreation facility can sometimes be challenging and overwhelming with the overload of information from manufacturers and accessibility guidelines to consider.   This monograph introduces the major considerations for purchasing products to improve access for people with disabilities in recreation environments including:

Four Things You Can Do in 2010 to Improve Access for Visitors with Disabilities

by Jennifer Skulski

“Doing more with less” seems to be the decades old mantra for many park and recreation agencies. These lean economic times aren’t any different. Simply, the frequency by which the old saying is used has increased and practitioners are pushed once again to find creative new approaches to meet bigger challenges. However, even when budgets are tight, recreation providers cannot afford to ignore ADA and Section 504 compliance. Here are four no-cost or low cost things you can do in 2010 to keep your accessibility management program on track and continue planning for improved access for your participants and visitors with disabilities.

People with Disabilities - National Survey of Recreation and the Environment

Dr. Bryan P. McCormick,
Dept. of Park and Recreation Administration, Indiana University
Prepared for the National Center on Accessibility 

The National Survey on Recreation and the Environment (NSRE) is the most recent study of outdoor recreation of the US population. The study was conducted by the US Forest Service from January 1994 through April 1995 and included 17,216 Americans over the age of 15. All respondents were asked if they had a disability and over 1,200 people answering the survey identified that they had a disability. This report presents summary information on the characteristics, outdoor activity participation, and attitudes of people with disabilities in the NSRE survey.

A2R Webinar Archives

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Access to Recreation grant program provided $15 million in funding to 36 recreation projects in four Midwestern states from 2006 to 2009. 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.  Over the summer of 2009, the National Center on Accessibility hosted three free 90-minute sessions.  The webinars presented an overview of the project concepts, the planning process, design decisions, construction issues, and fundraising. This was an excellent opportunity for professionals seeking the latest information on universal design trends specific to parks and recreation. The series was sponsored by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation.
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Interpretive Trails

A Day at the Zoo

by Mark A. Trieglaff

Zoos and aquariums are popular sources of education and recreation for people of all ages. The American Zoo and Aquarium Association reported that its members had 134 million visitors in 1998. This total is greater than the attendance at all professional baseball, basketball and football games combined.

Preferred Natural Environments and People with Disabilities

by Terry J. Brown, Rachel Kaplan & Gail Quaderer

Recreation Access Rights Under the ADA

By John N McGovern, JD

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has changed the way in which public and private agencies provide recreation opportunities. This paper will review the rights of the consumer of recreation and leisure services under the ADA and discuss some of the key administrative and court decisions that have shaped those rights.

Providing Access to Beaches

Providing access to beaches enables people with disabilities and their friends and family to enjoy a time honored vacationing tradition.

A beach is a designated area along a shore providing pedestrian entry for the purpose of water play, swimming or other water shoreline activities. Coastal areas, inland lakes, ponds, and rivers all have beaches. However, beach is not synonymous with sand. Soil, gravel, grass and other surfaces are found along shorelines and are also considered to be beaches. Due to the dynamic nature of shorelines, the surface is generally not firm and stable and therefore may not be accessible. This monograph addresses this and other issues involving access to beaches for people with disabilities.