Director of Education & Technical Assistance
Universal Design makes the park visit a total experience.
Using the Principles of Universal Design in exhibits makes the total experience more enjoyable for everyone.
Ray Bloomer is the NCA Director of Education and Technical Assistance. A 35-year veteran of the National Park Service, Ray is duty stationed at the National Center on Accessibility. Well-versed in program access, Ray is a leading national expert on the inclusion of people with disabilities in museums.
During his tenure with NPS, Ray has served as a Park Ranger/Interpreter at Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, Accessibility Coordinator at Boston National Historic Park, Regional Access Coordinator for the NPS North Atlantic Regional Office and Chief of Visitor Services and Interpretation at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. While working as the Regional Accessibility Specialist, Ray was actively involved from 1983 to 1992 with the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island Restoration Project. Following the project, he was presented with a Special Achievement Award from the Disabled American Veterans, for the successful accessibility efforts at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Ray has received numerous awards from the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service including the Secretary of the Department of the Interior's Equal Opportunity Award and the NPS Accessibility Leadership Achievement Award.
Ray has served as a consultant on numerous projects of national significance including the Museum Task Force funded by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Department of Justice settlement agreement with the International Spy Museum, exhibit and program access at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland and New York, and the Cherokee Heritage Center's Trail of Tears exhibit awarded for excellence in media by the National Association for Interpretation. He has represented the United States Association of Blind Athletes on the US Access Board's Regulatory Negotiation Committee for Developed Outdoor Areas and currently serves on the U.S. Department of Interior Disability Rights Committee and the NPS Service-wide Accessibility Coordinating Committee.