- January 17, 2013
It’s a new year filled with new promise. We all hear it every year …. “This will be the year I resolve to…. be more active… get physically fit… lose the weight!” The National Center on Accessibility team has come up with five simple tips for recreation program coordinators and facility managers to help your customers with disabilities keep their resolutions and stay physically active in 2013!
- December 17, 2012
Have you ever boarded a boat from the dock? One leg is stretched out springing forward to the boat as the back leg pushes off from the pier. Holding your breath, it's a giant leap of faith over the water and you are just hoping to land safely in the vessel. How do you make that gap over the water accessible for someone using an assistive device like a walker, wheelchair, cane, crutches or prosthetic? For this is the gap....o-v-e-r-t-h-e-w-a-t-e-r....that is not addressed by the accessibility standards. The 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design make the dock accessible to the water's edge and the proposed accessibility standards for passenger vessels make the boat accessible if it is an excursion boat, ferry, cruise ship, or other large passenger vessel. But, how do you create access for boaters with disabilities from the dock or boarding platform on to the passenger vessel? Since boating is a major recreation passtime in the state, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is trying to solve exactly this problem and they want your input.
- May 18, 2012
On May 18, 2012, the US Department of Justice announced that it is adopting a final rule extending the compliance date for sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design, as they relate to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas (pools built before March 15, 2012). These provisions for existing pools of Title II and Title III entities will now take effect on January 31, 2013.