Access Management

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Making a Splash: Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Aquatic Venues

by Susan Ostby and Jennifer Skulski

Challenge Course Operations for Including People with Disabilities

 by Don Rogers, Ph.D., CTRS

 Operating a challenge course program has features similar to any other recreation service delivery operation. There are administrators who must plan and make decisions, marketing and public relations efforts, supervisors directing front-lines operations, and program delivery staff who have direct contact with participants.

Funding Accessibility Projects: In Search of the Money Tree

by Amy Shrake, National Center on Accessibility

In these times when resources are stretched, budgets are tight and agencies struggle with a laundry list of safety, accessibility, and maintenance projects, identifying funding for the projects can be one of the greatest challenges. Finding external funds can be a necessary component to many accessibility projects. Where internal funding may allow for the project to be completed at a minimum, external funds may bolster the project to provide optimal access for the widest spectrum of users through creative and innovative design. External funding may also allow for more projects to be completed in a more timely manner than waiting for each annual allocation where only the top priorities are scheduled. Securing funding sources can be a tedious task; however there are helpful resources that offer solutions to sometimes difficult to fund accessibility projects.

Planning for Inclusion: Implementing an Accessibility Management Program in a Parks and Recreation Business Model

by Jennifer K. Skulski 
 
Introduction
 
Headlines—Any Town U.S.A. Department of Environmental Conservation settles in access for the disabled lawsuit (July 10, 2001). Department of Parks and Recreation, agrees to purchase golf mobility devices to allow golfers with disabilities to play its courses (December 3, 2002). Justice Department signs agreement with nine communities to ensure civic access for people with disabilities (February 27, 2004). Disabled to get more park access: State settles landmark suit (July 13, 2005). Associate Director provides testimony to U.S. House subcommittee on disability access to national parks (May 11, 2006).  GGNRA and plaintiffs reach a stay in litigation concerning accessibility (December 17, 2008).