Inside this issue:
Access Today, Fall 1999
Robert (Bob) Fern, the Coordinator of the Organizational Culture Change Initiative,
a diversity program sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage,
passed away on August 11, 1999, from complications of diabetes.
Bob Fern was active in the area of accessibility through his work with the
United Nations, where he was able to have an influence around the
world. Bob also taught access courses to an international group
of students through the U.N.
Bob was a true fighter. One who faced great challenges, fought through them
the way he knew he could, and helped so many others overcome their
own challenges. Amazingly, he would always do so well with whatever
confronted him and carried on living without holding back.
Bob was a very committed person towards his work, his family, and his friends.
He was a professional in carrying out his work, respected nationally
and internationally, with a vast experience in planning, partnerships,
and disability issues. Personally, he would always contribute whatever
he could and strongly supported others around him.
Bob was laid to rest in his hometown of Napanee, near Kingston, Ontario.
The University of Waterloo, in collaboration with the Canadian Paraplegic
Association, announced the Robert A. Fern Memorial Award. One award
will be made to an undergraduate or graduate student in the Department
of Recreation and Leisure Studies who has made a significant contribution
in either volunteer work with persons with disabilities or applied
research which has relevance to the lives of persons with disabilities.
If you wish to contribute to this award, please make your check payable to:
The University of Waterloo and send to:
Student Awards Office
University of Waterloo
Attn: Brenda Denomme
Also, the Department of Canadian Heritage has announced an award in memory
of Robert A. Fern. The Deputy Ministers of the Department will award
yearly recognition to an employee who has made a significant contribution
within or on behalf of the Department of Canadian Heritage in the
area of diversity.
Completes United States Golf Association Foundation Funded Project
The NCA has completed the USGA study described in previous newsletters. An
Executive Summary, Final Report, and booklet entitled "From
Bag Drop to 19th Hole-Tips on accommodating golfers with disabilities
at your golf course or facility" were produced. The reports
have been submitted to the USGA Foundation. The booklet is expected
to be distributed to all USGA member golf facilities sometime early
The study found that the major barriers associated with including golfers
with mobility impairments into the game were:
1. Lack of education of golf course operators and owners on people with disabilities;
2. Lack of knowledge of people with disabilities about possibilities and
technologies that exist for them to play golf;
3. Lack of opportunities for people with disabilities to learn about the
game of golf and how to play golf.
The study included interviews with forty golf course operators and owners
and approximately twenty each of golfers with disabilities and organizations
that provide instruction and other services to golfers with disabilities.
For further information on this study, contact the NCA: 765-349-9240
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
for Accessibility Course Review
In September of this year, The NCA offered the course; "Retrofitting
for Accessibility," in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
The NCA was very fortunate to be able to utilize the facilities and NPS staff
of the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains, thanks to the generosity
of Karen Wade, who at the time was Park Superintendent of the Great
Smoky Mountains. Karen gave participants a "Welcome to the
Great Smokys." The NCA congratulates Karen on her new position
as Regional Director of the NPS Intermountain Region. Many thanks
also to Dale Brukiewa, Cades Cove Road Foreman who helped in presentations
and on-site preparations.
This course was the first NCA training course offered since the report by
the Federal Regulatory Negotiating Committee on Outdoor Developed
Areas was accepted by the Access Board. This course was able to
introduce the recommendations of the Committee to course participants.
The NCA exceeded our targeted number of forty-five participants in this training,
with an actual total of fifty-six people attending the course. In
our next Access Today issue we will recap the Universal Design Course
which took place in Houston, Texas with 64 participants.
NCA Staff Update
Ray Bloomer has assumed the duties of the Director of Education in addition
to his responsibilities as Director of Technical Assistance. His
new position will be called "Director of Education and Technical
Ray has been with the NCA since its inception in 1992 and has been an active
presenter in all NCA training seminars. Ray will draw upon his past
experiences to direct and coordinate the extensive training programs
of the National Center on Accessibility.
Department of Natural Resources Dedicates Accessible Duck Blinds
by Debbie Heller
The state of Maryland recently dedicated its first waterfowl blinds for hunters
with mobility impairments.
The two accessible blinds were erected at the LeCompte Wildlife Management
Area, which comprises 35 acres on Marylandís scenic Eastern shore.
The blinds feature ramps, wide entrance ways and lowered fronts,
and are camouflaged in switch grass. In the off-season, they can
be utilized for wildlife observation and photography.
While Maryland has dozens of accessible hunting opportunities; these blinds
are the first created specifically for waterfowl hunting. The blinds
were designed by Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife
Habitat Manager, Donald Webster, with the help of seasoned hunter
Stuart Hopkins (of Harmony, Maryland) who also happens to be a wheelchair
user. The project cost approximately $70,000, and was paid for with
a combination of funds from the state and numerous private sponsors.
More than 10,000 Marylanders with disabilities have special permits, allowing
them to hunt from a vehicle, and use a crossbow and telescopic sight.
According to Bob Beyer, deputy director of DNR Wildlife and Heritage
Division, two types of permits for hunters with disabilities are
available -- temporary permits for hunters with a broken leg or
other recovering injury and permanent permits for more serious,
debilitating conditions such as stroke.
For more information on these blinds or other accessible Maryland public
land facilities, please contact:
Debbie Heller, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator for the
Maryland DNR, at: 410-260-8087 VOICE, 410-260-8099 FAX, or e-mail
her at: email@example.com.
The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S) has entered a formal partnership
with the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) to promote bass fishing
for individuals with physical disabilities.
For more information please contact: Bruce Scott (PVA) 202-416-7733 or Craig
Lamb (B.A.S.S.) 615-457-8205
Organization on Disability announces over 550 congregations from fifty
states have committed to welcoming people with disabilities
The Religion and Disability Program of the NOD announced that over 550 congregations
have signed on to the 2,000 by the year 2000-Accessible Congregations
Campaign. This interfaith campaign, which challenges Americaís congregations
to welcome people with all types of disabilities as full and active
participants, has received pledges from
congregations in all fifty states. The campaignís theme is "Access:
It Begins in the Heart."
The goal of the 2,000 by the year 2,000-Accessible Congregations Campaign
is to increase the religious participation of children and adults
with disabilities. By joining the campaign, a congregation acknowledges
that is has barriers, both physical and attitudinal, to the full
participation of people with disabilities and commits to begin the
process of removing them.
For more information contact: John Butler-202-887-0500, firstname.lastname@example.org
for the 21st Century II; An International Conference on Universal
The conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, June 14-18, 2000.
The conference will highlight practice, education and research in
the universal design of environments, landscapes, information and
products, featuring world-wide leaders from 18 countries. Invited
Roger Coleman, DesignAge/Royal College of Art, Britain
Natascha Drabbe, Cultural Connections, Netherlands
William H. Hudnet III, the Urban Land Institute, USA
Satoshi Kose, Ministry of Construction, Japan
Patricia Moore, Guynes Design, USA
Adolf Ratzka, Institute for Independent Living, Sweden
Jim Sandhu, University of Northumbria, UK
Leslie Weisman, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA.
The conference is sponsored by Adaptive Environments Center in collaboration
with leading national and international organizations, including
the National Center on Accessibility. For more information call
(617) 695-1225 ext 35 or look at:
Boardís Regulatory Negotiating Committee on Outdoor Developed Areas
The U.S. Access Boardís Regulatory Negotiating Committee on Outdoor Developed
Areas concluded two years of deliberations in July and reached consensus
on many issues related to the development of standards for campgrounds,
picnic areas, beaches, and trails. The Access Board considered and
unanimously accepted the report at its September,1999 board meeting.
While several issues remain to be resolved, the board intends to
publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register
after the comment period expires in December of 1999.
Since there is likely to be some confusion and need for further clarification
and interpretation of the proposed guidelines, the NCA will be scheduling
both a distance learning program and a symposium on this subject
during the latter half of year 2000.
The final report has been published on the Access Board website www.access-board.gov
Dear Aunt Ada,
I am an interpreter at a historic site where tours are provided
to the public. The building is a large two floor structure. As interpreters,
we can choose the tour route. There is a stairway at each end of
the building but only one elevator beside the stairs on the east
side. Since we actually have a choice in the direction of our tours,
shouldn't we always direct the tours towards the side of the building
with both elevator and stairs? This way visitors who have a need
to use the elevator could, and the rest of the visitors could use
the adjacent stairs. When the visitors reach the second floor, they
will then all arrive at the same place. As it is now, when interpreters
use the stairs on the west side, visitors that need to use the elevator
are told to go to the opposite end of the building, use the elevator,
and come all the way back to the other end of the building to join
the rest of the tour.
Aunt Ada, I could use your help in convincing my co-workers
to reconsider their route.
Youíre right on the mark. The planning of all tours and interpretive walks
should always take into consideration the abilities of all the visitors.
By doing as you have already suggested, several things will be achieved.
First, you have pointed out the fact that attention would not be
drawn to those who may not be able to use or easily use the stairs.
In addition, by directing the tour to the stairs by the elevator,
the group of visitors remain integrated to the highest extent possible,
which is required by the regulations for Title II of the ADA and
Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act. Also, by minimizing
the degree of "special" or "different" things
that visitors would have to do while on the tour, we actually apply
the principles of Universal Design to the planning and program process.
(See more on a Universal Design training course in this issue).
Furthermore, it only makes sense to avoid making those visitors that have
the most difficulty walking or endurance from having to go the length
of the building to use the elevator and back again to join the tour.
Ellie, I hope your fellow interpreters will see this and consider
your sage advice.
Continues with National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
This summer the NCA was chosen to partner with the Department of Disability
and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago and
the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago to develop the National
Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD). The NCPAD mission
is to encourage people with disabilities to participate in regular
physical activity to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent development
of secondary conditions.
The NCPAD website has been activated and is continuously being updated. Information
available at the website includes: (a) a research citation database;
(b) recent media coverage; (c) online distance education opportunities;
(d) papers, reports and other printed materials; (e) and slide presentations.
The website address is: www.uic.edu/orgs/ncpad
To date, NCA staff have answered technical assistance questions, written
fact sheets, initiated publicity, and begun extensive research addressing
the leisure and recreation needs of people with disabilities. This
is just the beginning of a three-year project, watch future issues
of this newsletter; "ACCESS TODAY", for updates as the
To contact NCPAD: (800) 900-8086, Fax: (312) 355-4085. Address: 1640
W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago Il 60608-6904 Email: email@example.com
Study of Inclusive Outdoor Programs
(The National Inclusive Camp Practices (NICP) Study-1997-2000)
The Institute for Career and Leisure Development (ICLD) is collaborating
with Portland State University (PSU) and the American Camping Association
(ACA) on the National Inclusive Camp Practices (NICP) study of youth
with and without disabilities attending organized outdoor school
and camp programs that are inclusionary. The study includes administrators,
instructors/counselors/staff, and approximately 1,000 subjects (youth),
50% with and 50% without disabilities, ages 7-18.
The NICP study, represents Phase II of a continued national effort by the
ICLD (in collaboration with PSU and ACA).
Preliminary findings (from summer of 1998) show that campers with disabilities
who attended inclusive camp programs made significant gains in their
level of social interaction with peers. Their level of active participation
in camp activities also significantly increased between the beginning
and end of one-week camp sessions.
Major findings and recommendations of the National Inclusive Camp Practices
(NICP) study will be presented at the ACA National Conference 2000
in Albuquerque, NM at 9:45, Saturday morning, February 26, 2000;
"Letís Include Kids with Disabilities in Our Camp Programs:
Researchers and Practitioners Provide Evidence and Suggestions for
Inclusive Camp Administration and Programming."
Steve A. Brannan, EdD
NICP Project Director
Portland State University
The NCA is in the process of scheduling these courses for 2000-2001:
"ADA Assessments and Self-Evaluation/Principles of Access"
- Feb/March 2000: New Orleans Area
- May/Late Spring 2000: New England
- September 2000: Pacific NW
- 5 Varied locations to be determined
"Retrofitting for Accessibility"-
- Late Sept/Oct 2000: Colorado/Utah area
"Historic Sites and Interpretation"-
- December 2000: New Orleans Area or Charleston
Symposium: All dates to be determined
"Outdoor Developed Areas/Trails/Picnic/Campground"-
- Cincinnati/Lexington KY area
- Santa Cruz or Sacramento
- New England or Adirondacks
Distance Learning Award
The Employee Development Division of the National Park Service has awarded
the National Center on Accessibility a $30,000 grant to conduct
a distance learning program for NPS employees that specifically
focuses on standards/guidelines for outdoor developed areas (campgrounds,
picnic areas, beaches, and trails). This program will be transmitted
to a minimum of five NPS sites nationally in September of 2000 and
will also include the development of extensive Internet based training-learning
activities which will assist park personnel in understanding the
1998-99 NCA Research
Dr. Larry Allen, Clemson University
Mr. Peter Axelson, Beneficial Designs
Dr. Michael Bender, Johns Hopkins University & Medical School
Dr. Terry Brown, University of Michigan
Dr. Charles Bullock, University of Nevada
Dr. David Compton, University of Utah
Dr. Alan Ewert, Indiana University
Dr. Edward Hamilton, Easter Seal Society of VA
Dr. Barbara Hawkins, Indiana University
Dr. Seppo Iso-Ahola, University of Maryland
Dr. John Kennedy, Indiana University
Dr. Leo McAvoy, University of Minnesota
Dr. Lois Silverman, Indiana University
Dr. Miguel Albarran, University of Puerto Rico