published Jun 2015
National Park Service
While notable advancements have been made, much is needed to break down the barriers and embrace greater inclusivity. Parks, programs, and leaders across the service need more education, guidance, support, and resources to create more welcoming experiences for a broad spectrum of audiences.
published May 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 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 Nov 2013
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board), are issuing a final rule that amends the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Guidelines by adding scoping and technical requirements for camping facilities, picnic facilities, viewing areas, trails, and beach access routes constructed or altered by or on behalf of federal agencies. The final rule ensures that these facilities are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.
published Jan 1993
A Research Report of the National Center of Accessibility Original Study Conducted at Bradford Woods (1993)
published Jan 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.
published Dec 2019
Elvin Clapp with Bureau of Land Management
Survey of skills and competencies to assist in developing a national training strategy for National Scenic and Historic Trails
published Nov 2019
Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.
published Feb 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.
published Aug 2013
USDA Forest Service
The FSTAG and the Forest Service Outdoor Recreation Accessibility Guidelines (FSORAG) are the legally enforceable standards for use in outdoor recreation areas on the National Forest System for the facilities, routes, and features addressed in these guidelines.