Getting the Word Out about Accessibility of Trails and Outdoor Recreation

This webinar will provide an introduction to Universal Access Information and how it provides people with information they need to determine whether an outdoor recreation environment meets their needs for accessibility and their desires for an achievable challenge.

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April 26, 2018

10:30 AM to 12:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:30 AM to 01:00 AM (Mountain Time)
12:30 PM to 02:00 AM (Central Time)
01:30 PM to 03:00 AM (Eastern Time)


FREE for members
FREE for nonmembers

Learning Credit Cost: FREE


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Webinar Outline

Universal Access Information provides people with information they need to determine whether an outdoor recreation environment meets their needs for accessibility and their desires for an achievable challenge. The various families of Universal Access Information—Trail Access Information, Campsite Access Information, Picnic Access Information, Sidewalk Access Information, and Water Trail Access Information—meet the dissemination requirements of the ABA for all outdoor recreation paths of travel by providing objective information about physical conditions that affect accessibility. Using mathematical equations to perform weighted averaging of grades, cross slopes, tread widths, and surface firmness and stability, Trail Access Information is created for trails and other linear elements in the outdoor recreation environment and is displayed in a Food Facts label format to provide trail users with information about the conditions they will encounter in any given trail corridor. The information is available in a variety of formats with standardized fonts and formats that trail users across the country are learning to recognize. Standard signage layouts have also been developed for campsites, picnic sites, shared-use paths/sidewalks, and watercraft landing sites, providing information about accessible features.


  • List benefits of providing Universal Access Information
  • Recall what kind of information is provided with Universal Access Information
  • Indicate how that information is obtained
  • Identify why key information is included in Universal Access Information
  • Recognize the information needed to create signage for each type of Universal Access Information



This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).


Webinar Partners


Peter Axelson, Owner, Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Minden, Nevada

Peter is owner of Beneficial Designs, which designs beyond the norm to meet the needs of all people and working towards universal access through research, design, and education. Peter is a national and international leader in Universal Design. He is author and co-author of numerous accessibility standards and guidelines that have influenced the planning, design and development of landscapes across the globe.


Todd Ackerman, ADA/Assessment Coordinator, Beneficial Designs, Inc.

Todd Ackerman is the ADA Assessment Coordinator with Beneficial Designs. Todd has traveled from the east coast of Canada (Prince Edward Island) to as far west as Hawaii teaching the UTAP/HETAP assessment process. Not only does Todd do the teaching but also performs assessment for Nevada State Parks, Minnesota State Parks, and King County Parks in Seattle, to name a few. Todd has also been a presenter at the International Trails Symposium, Professional TrailBuilders Conference, California Trails and Greenway Conference, and the ADA symposium.


Samuel Schnorbus, Technician, Beneficial Designs, Inc.

Samuel Schnorbus is a Technician at Beneficial Designs and has performed many trail and sidewalk assessments across the United States. He has led assessment teams, trained assessors, and co-taught trail assessment training workshops at conferences, where participants gain classroom knowledge and hands-on experience using the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) and the High-Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP). He also has experience following ANSI, RESNA, and ISO standards in performing mobility device testing and laboratory and in-field testing of surface firmness and stability. He enjoys exploring state and national parks, national forests, and wilderness areas. He is currently pursuing a BS in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Transportation.


Mike Passo, Executive Director, American Trails
Marshfield, Wisconsin

Mike Passo is the Executive Director of American Trails. Mike has also served as the Executive Director of the Professional Trailbuilders Association and the owner and operator of a sea kayak outfitter called Elakah Expeditions. Mike has led groups of all backgrounds, ages and abilities on sea kayak expeditions in the San Juan Islands of Washington, Vancouver Island in British Columbia, and in Glacier Bay, Alaska. Mike has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction according to proposed Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin—Madison, including three years’ coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences and served on the Board of Directors of American Trails since 2000. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.


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  • American Institute of Certified Planners Continuing Maintenance (AICP CM)
  • Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES PDH) (most HSW approved)
  • National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) CEU equivalency petition
  • CEU/PDH equivalency petition for other accepting organizations

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