NCA News Listserv
NCA News is a informational listserv of
the National Center on Accessibility. NCA News is a vehicle to share
the latest information on access to parks, recreation and tourism
while promoting the inclusion of people with disabilities in all
aspects of our communities. Information posted to NCA News includes
announcements of upcoming training opportunities, research findings
related to recreation access, technical assistance issues and articles.
Topics include access to playgrounds, beaches, trails, campgrounds,
picnic areas, golf, sports facilities, boating and fishing facilities,
and more. Subscription is free.
Publications & Videos
The National Center on Accessibility periodically prints and/or
publishes research papers, technical reports and educational materials.
Some of these materials are available on this web site, some are
available in alternative formats without charge and some may be
purchased. Call NCA to order: (812) 856-4422 (voice) or (812) 856-4421
PDF order form»
Retrofitting for Accessibility
This 26-minute video illustrates accessibility standards for parking,
entrances, routes and restrooms. It is ideal for seasonal training
for maintenance and facilities staff. (1996) $30
NCA Video Seminar: Access to Outdoor Recreation Environments
This satellite seminar was originally broadcast as a distance learning
program for the National Park Service. It addresses the proposed
accessibility guidelines for trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and
beaches. The video seminar is available as a self-study package
including a 2-part video, training packet and web-based supplemental
material. (2000) $75
Accommodating Patrons with Disabilities: A Survey of Ticket
and Accommodation Policies for Performance Venues, Theaters and
Creating accessible ticket and accommodation policies inclusive
of patrons with disabilities has long been a challenge for operators
of performance venues, theaters and sports arenas. From wheelchair
accessible seating to requests for sign language interpreters, this
survey identifies policies and procedures common to accommodating
patrons with disabilities in performance venues and sports arenas.
Summary: available free on-line, print edition $15. Full Report:
Bradford Woods Amphitheater: A Case Study in Universal Design
Designed in 1998, the Bradford Woods Amphitheater is a state-of-the-art
example of universal design in the outdoors. The amphitheater includes
seating where every seat in every row of the venue is accessible
to people with disabilities and their companions. The center of
the amphitheater features a fully accessible fire ring for campfire
songs, while the stage is fully accessible from both wings and incorporates
lighting and an assistive listening system. This full-color booklet
illustrates the universal design features of the award winning Bradford
Woods Amphitheater. (2001) Print copies: $1. Call NCA for bulk orders.
Functional Aspects of Accessible Picnic Elements
Conducted in collaboration with the University of Minnesota, this
study ascertains the perceptions of persons with and without disabilities
regarding the design and function of certain accessible picnic elements
including picnic tables, grills and fire rings. (2001) Executive
Summary: available free on-line. Full Report: $15
Visitor Expectations and Perceptions of Program and Physical
Accessibility in the National Park Service
Conducted in collaboration with the University of Tennessee, this
study identifies the perceptions of people with disabilities relative
to program and physical accessibility in five National Park Service
units. (2001) Executive Summary:
available free on-line. Full Report: $15
Outdoor Recreation Pursuits of People with Disabilities: National
Survey of Recreation and the Environment
Conducted by the U.S. Forest Service every 10 years, the National
Survey of Recreation and the Environment is the most recent research
analyzing the participation of people in the outdoors. This report
"Outdoor Recreation Pursuits of People with Disabilities Report"
specifically looks at the participation of people with disabilities
in outdoor recreation. (2000) Executive
Summary: available free on-line. Full Report: $10
Swimming Pool Accessibility Project
In 1996, the National Center on Accessibility studied the needs
and preferences of people with physical disabilities accessing swimming
pools under a contract by the U.S. Access Board. In addition to
surveying people with disabilities, the research project included
testing various pool entry methods/products and a national survey
of pool operators. NCA research findings and recommendations now
serve as the basis for the U.S. Access Board's accessibility guidelines
for swimming pools. (1996) Executive
Summary - 7 pages: available free on-line. Recommendations &
Product Information--88 pages: $10. Final Report-366 pages: $30
Temporary Beach Surface Accessibility Study
Conducted in Daytona, Florida, this study investigates the utility
of various types of temporary beach surfaces that may provide accessibility
for people with mobility impairments. The study assesses installation,
maintenance and use of seven temporary services. The full report
can aid managers of beach areas in determining options and selecting
appropriate surfaces for their recreation area. (2001) Executive
Summary: available free on-line. Full Report: $20.
Beach Access Report
One of the first research projects of it's kind, NCA conducted a
preliminary study of beach surfaces and assistive devices promoting
access for people with disabilities in 1993. This report includes
research findings on the effectiveness of various surface applications
and assistive devices for beach access. (1993) Full Report: $3
Report: Available free on-line
Access to Play Areas
Originally developed as a resource guide prior to the adoption of
national accessibility guidelines for playgrounds, this resource
guide includes frequently asked questions asked of NCA Technical
Assistance, questions and factors to consider when designing a play
area, purchasing equipment and surfaces, and a list of national
vendors. (1996) Online
Edition: available online as a service of NCA. The written edition
is currently under revision and will be available in late 2003.
Research Partners Reports
In 1996-97 the NCA provided funding for a series of technical and
research reports. Abstracts of these reports can be found on these
Internet Pages. Copies of the full reports are available from NCA.
Brochures "Disability Awareness"
This 12-page pamphlet is designed to improve interaction and communication
between people with and without disabilities. Print copies: $1 each.
Call NCA for bulk orders.
From the Bag Drop to the 19th Hole: Tips for Making Individuals
with Disabilities Feel Welcome at Your Golf Course
This booklet is designed for golf course operators and gives recommendations
for communicating effectively and providing quality customer service
for golfers with disabilities. (2000) Online
Edition: available free from the USGA Resource Center for Individuals
with Disabilities. Print copies: $1. Contact NCA for bulk orders.
Golf Etiquette and Players with Disabilities
A booklet with extensive suggestions for both golf course owners
and golfers with disabilities looking to increase access to the
game of golf. Print copies: $1. Contact NCA for bulk orders.
Proceedings from the National Forum on Accessible Golf
Volume I - 12 pages - $3
Volume II - 12 pages -$3
Volume III - 38 pages -$3
Volume IV- 117 pages- $8
Volume V- 75 pages- $8
Volume VI - $8
Purchased as a complete set - $30
Proceedings from the National Forum on Accessible Golf are also
available online at The
USGA Resource Center for Individuals with Disabilities.
For the Good of the Game
A report on the status of golfers with disabilities in America.
(1999) Final Report: $7. Executive Summary: $10. Purchased as a
complete set: $15
NCA Annual Reports
These annual summary reports provide an overview of NCA activity
and accomplishments. Goals and objectives, education, technical
assistance and research activities are detailed.
NCA Impact Study
In 1995, the NCA conducted a random telephone survey of past recipients
of NCA services to determine the impact, from the recipient's viewpoint,
of the services rendered. ($3)
Preliminary Assessment of the Indianapolis Parks Department
In 1999, NCA staff conducted a preliminary accessibility assessment
of various programs and facilities within the Department. This is
an internal report and not for distribution.
Study of Perceived Accessibility in the National Park Service
This 1998-99 study identifies the perceptions of NPS Superintendents,
Interpretive and Maintenance Chiefs and Accessibility Coordinators
relative to both physical and program accessibility at their respective
National Park Service Sites. This is an internal report and is available
only to authorized NPS personnel.