- Community Voice: Riding the Wave: Dot Nary Doesn't Let Life, College or Kayaking Pass Her By
- The Next Frontier of the ADA: Fitness Facilities
- Access Board Issues New Accessibility Guidelines
- Play Areas Designed for Access
- Parks and Recreation Budget Cuts "Phase" Accommodation
- Museums, Zoos and Aquariums - Enhancing Accessibility
- 2009 All Abilities Team - Chicago Breast Cancer 3-Day
- No Limits on Fitness At Crosstrainers Gym
- What do you know about the ADA?
- Focus on Secondary Condition Prevention: Universal Design and Accessibility Issues that Impact Health and Function for All
- Fitness Vacations
- Responses to the Accessibility Problem in the Photo - 4
- Community Spotlight: Seattle Children's PlayGarden
- Strong Headwind on the Road to Accessible Fitness and Recreation
- Secondary Condition Prevention: Building Your Own "Health Empowerment Zone"
- Choosing a Fitness Center
- Active and Inclusive Family Vacations
- Including People with Disabilities in Challenge Course Operations
- Opportunities to Advocate for Inclusion in Fitness and Recreation
- MODEL FACTSHEET
- Answers to the Accessibility Problem in the First Photo
- What to Know Before You Go: The Big Questions to Ask Before Arriving at Your "Accessible" Recreation Destination
- Adoption of the Revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design What it Means to Recreation Facilities
- Retrofitting an Accessible Whitewater Park
Recreation and exercise are essential parts of one's health and well-being, yet accessibility barriers can hinder or prevent people with disabilities from participating and enjoying activities that provide them with enjoyment and pleasure. The removal of barriers and access to such facilities and activities are increasing through accessibility laws.
One of these laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), helps to improve people with disabilities' opportunities to choose. The ADA is essentially a civil rights law for people with disabilities. Similar to other civil rights laws that protect people from discrimination because of race, color, gender, national origin, age, and religion, the ADA is intended to eliminate discrimination against anyone with a disability.
The ADA is divided into five main sections or titles. Title I affects employment and discriminatory practices in hiring. Title II and Title III are the main articles affecting recreation and exercise facilities. Title IV specifies the need for installation of a telecommunication relay service or, possibly, a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD). Title V is a miscellaneous section that includes information on such items as insurance and other accessibility laws as they relate to the ADA.
Title II, Subtitle A, prohibits discrimination by public entities against people with disabilities. Public entities are defined as any state or local government and its related offices and programs. Most park districts are operated by a local government and would thus be required to follow the ADA under this title.
Title III requires accessible public accommodations and services operated by private entities to provide services to people with disabilities. Health clubs, YMCAs, public parks, etc., not run by a government and that do not receive government funding would follow the requirements of this title.
Title lll provides a list of features that should be accessible:
- Accessible parking or drop-off area
- Accessible route to goods/services/building
- Entrance into the building
- Interior route to the goods and services
- Other features, i.e., water fountains, signage, etc.
NCHPAD will begin to examine common accessibility problems in facilities. A picture will be shown with the caption, 'What is wrong in this picture?' Please contact NCHPAD and advise us of the accessibility issue depicted in the picture. In the following newsletter, we will provide an explanation of the accessibility issue and describe common solutions. A specific reference from the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) will also be provided. In addition to your comments on issues illustrated in the pictures, NCHPAD welcomes your suggestions of other accessibility issues we can highlight in future installments.
Please send your comments to NCHPAD today at firstname.lastname@example.org!
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