Making the Grade is a new feature of the NCA web site. The forum
showcases best practices and accessibility projects that exceed
the minimum standards and facilitate optimum access for visitors
- Detroit Playground Surfaces (January,
- Mission San Luis
- The Susquehannock
Case (August, 2003)
- Disney Introduces Handheld
Captioning (May 8, 2003)
- Renovations "Make
the Grade" at Lake Sylvia State Park (July 29, 2002)
- Barre Falls Dam Picnic
Area: An Outdoor Developed Area Making the Grade in Hubbarston,
MA (June 27, 2002)
- Inclusive Park and Recreation
Design: Versluis Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan (April 19, 2002)
- The Star Spangled Banner:
An Exhibit "Making the Grade" at the American History
Museum (November 7, 2001)
- New Lift on Trolley Gives
Visitors Opportunity to See Park & Gardens (October 12,
- Florida State Parks Address
Railing Treatment Issue (June 12, 2001)
Submit a Project for Making the Grade
Professionals are encouraged to submit accessibility projects and
innovations in universal design for recreation environments. Topics
for Making the Grade articles may include, but are not limited to:
entire sites and programs that are accessible and promote universal
design; exemplary policies; products and materials that are accessible
or that enhance accessibility; exhibits, programs, communications,
delivery methods, activities, etc., that are accessible and/or universally
The project descriptions will be formatted for the NCA web site
to share with park and recreation professionals throughout the United
States and internationally.
Criteria for Making the Grade:
- The site and/or components for consideration are directly related to parks, recreation, or tourism.
- The site and/or components exemplify the principle(s)
of universal design.
- The site and/or components may be new construction or alteration.
- All supporting components identified are, at minimum,
compliant with ADAAG, the recommendations from the Final Report
for Outdoor Developed Areas (1999) , the Accessibility Guidelines
for Recreation Facilities (2002), the Accessibility Guidelines for
Play Areas (2000), Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibits,
- There is accessible parking, route, entrance and restroom
- Photos depicting the accessibility and universal design
aspects must be available for use in the article.
- A representative of the site and/or project must be knowledgeable
and available for interview. In new or altered sites, the representative
must be knowledgeable about the site and the decisions made during
the construction or alteration process.
- If people with disabilities were involved in the project,
a list of contacts should be submitted to NCA, if available.
- The article and photos will be reviewed to ensure glaring
barriers to accessibility are avoided.
NCA disclaimer: The primary goal of Making the
Grade is to highlight areas that go beyond minimum guidelines. This
information does not represent a complete accessibility assessment
of the site.
To submit a project for Making the Grade include the following:
- Brief description of the project including the barrier and solution
to achieve access
- Photos (either digital photo, prints or slides)
- Contact (name, address, phone, e-mail)
Projects can be submitted by e-mail to NCA at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or mail to:
Director of Marketing & Special Projects
National Center on Accessibility
2805 East 10th St, Suite 190
Bloomington, IN 47408-2698