Status of Rulemaking
The U.S. Access Board is currently developing accessibility guidelines
for access to outdoor developed areas under the Americans with
Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). The U.S. Access
Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee on Outdoor Developed
Areas addressed scoping and technical provisions for campgrounds,
picnic areas, scenic overlooks, trails and technical provisions
for campgrounds, picnic areas, scenic overlooks, trails and beaches.
The Regulatory Negotiation Committee submitted recommendations
to the U.S. Access Board in September 1999. The next step is for
the U.S. Access Board to release a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
on Outdoor Developed Areas for public coment.
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- NCA National
Trails Surface Study - Initiated in 2005, this longitudinal
study is primarily the result of questions that the National Center
on Accessibility has, for many years and continues to receive
from organizations, agencies and individuals who desire to make
their trails accessible; are interested in an unobtrusive surface
that blends and is friendly to the environment; and provides a
quality trail experience for people with and without disabilities.
- NCA Longitudinal
Trail Research Program on Soil Stabilizers - (1999) A two-year
study on the effectiveness of surface treatments for creating
trails accessible to people with mobility impairments.