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posted Nov 9, 2021

Trail Accessibility Hub

Everything you need to know about planning, building, and maintaining accessible trails.

posted Feb 20, 2024

Accessibility Guidebook for Ski Areas Operating on Public Lands

by USDA Forest Service

The purpose of this guidebook is to provide information for ski areas authorized, under a special-use permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, to partner with the Forest Service to achieve common goals of managing and promoting active participation in year-round alpine recreation.


posted Oct 3, 2023

Age and Dementia Friendly Design Considerations for Physical Infrastructure

by Massachusetts Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Disease

Inclusive design can address functional needs arising from dementia.


posted Feb 11, 2022

The Trail Access Project Removes Barriers to the Outdoors

Their goal is to facilitate the removal of barriers to recreational trail usage through providing information, increasing accessible features, and supporting park managers in making changes.


posted Sep 25, 2020

California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines

by California State Parks, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division

The Accessibility Guidelines are intended as a reference manual and department policy on accessible design and shall be utilized in planning and implementing regular maintenance activities, construction projects, publications, exhibits, new programs, and special events. The guidelines are not a comprehensive set of requirements for all situations, but rather a summary of information from many sources which provide guidance for common uses in the State Park System. This document is an update to the 2009 edition.


posted Sep 25, 2020

Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design

Exhibitions are complex presentations that convey concepts, showcase objects, and excite the senses. However, as museums recognize the diversity within their audiences, they realize that exhibitions must do more: exhibitions must teach to different learning styles, respond to issues of cultural and gender equity, and offer multiple levels of information. The resulting changes in exhibitions have made these presentations more understandable, enjoyable, and connected to visitors’ lives.


posted Aug 8, 2020

United States Access Board - Outdoor Developed Areas

by U.S. Access Board

The Access Board is responsible for developing accessibility guidelines for the construction and alteration of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) of 1968.


posted Jul 28, 2020

Universal Access Trails and Shared Use Paths

by WeConservePA

This manual reviews Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) to utilize when planning, designing, constructing, and maintaining pedestrian trails for universal accessibility.


posted Jul 28, 2020

Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Standards (2015)

This document contains scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to sites, facilities, buildings, and elements by individuals with disabilities.


posted Jul 23, 2020

Accessible Shared Streets

by Federal Highway Administration

This document reviews notable practices and considerations for accommodating pedestrians with vision disabilities on shared streets. It focuses on streets where pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles are intended to mix in the same space.


posted Jul 23, 2020

Stabilized Engineered Wood Fiber for Accessible Trails

by USDA Forest Service

Trails made with wood chips are difficult for those who use mobility aids because the surface is soft, uneven, and shifting.


posted Feb 5, 2020

Best Practices of Accessibility in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility

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.


posted Feb 5, 2020

Visitor Expectations and Perceptions of Program and Physical Accessibility in the National Park Service

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.