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published May 1, 2008
As a result of frequent inquiries regarding best practices from practitioners, NCA initiated this research study in order to ascertain which practices in the field of parks and recreation accessibility management exceed the minimum standards set forth by the ADA and other disability-related legislation.
published Nov 1, 2001
Rachel J. C. Chen, PhD
The purpose of the study was to identify the perceptions of people with disabilities relative to program and physical accessibility in the National Park Service.
published Jan 1, 1993
A Research Report of the National Center of Accessibility Original Study Conducted at Bradford Woods (1993)
published Jan 1, 2011
Kelly P. Arbour-Nicitopoulos with McMaster University,
Kathleen A. Martin Ginis with McMaster University
This study descriptively measured the universal accessibility of “accessible” fitness and recreational facilities for Ontarians living with mobility disabilities.
posted Nov 5, 2019
Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.
posted Oct 25, 2019
Doug Alderson with Florida Office of Greenways and Trails
To recognize Florida’s trail towns, the Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) developed the Florida Trail Town program in 2018, inspired by the successful trail town programs of states such as Pennsylvania and Kentucky.
published Feb 1, 2014
U.S. Access Board,
National Center on Accessibility
In 2007 the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) entered into an agreement with the U.S. Access Board and National Park Service to investigate natural firm and stable surface alternatives when creating accessible pedestrian trails, including crushed stones, packed soil, and other natural material.
posted Jan 23, 2019
American Trails Staff
Low water crossings are designed to allow normal flow under the trail, and to be over-topped during seasonal floods.
posted Jul 24, 2018
Braille trails and sensory gardens offer sustainable and accessible ways to safely experience the outdoors and provide opportunities to interact with nature.
posted Jul 11, 2018
On September 26th the U.S. Forest Service released the agency’s 2013 Accessibility Guidebook on Outdoor Recreation and Trails that updates the agency’s direction on providing recreational opportunities accessible to everyone.
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