- June 27, 2014
DOE Issues Finding on St Johns County School Playgrounds: CalRecycle Publishes Best Practices for Playground Owners
The U.S. Department of Education has issued findings regarding four playgrounds operated by the St Johns County (Florida) School District. Meanwhile, the State of California's CalRecycle has published a new document of best practices for the use of recycled tires as playground surfaces.
- March 24, 2014
The National Center on Accessibility has published results of its national study of trail surfaces. The project assessed the firmness and stability of 11 different types of natural aggregate and treated soil surfaces over a four-year period to determine their effectiveness after exposure to the elements, freeze and thaw cycles, and other factors. The study was sponsored by the U.S. Access Board.
- October 31, 2013
October-November issue of Access Today. NCA Releases Findings for Longitudinal Study of Playground Surfaces. Webinars Offer Continuing Education. NCA Training Set for March. NY Times: Welcoming Art Lovers with Disabilities. Disney Changes Access Policy. New Book Highlights Universal Design Tips. NCA Product Files: National Captioning Institute.
- October 30, 2013
Results from a five-year Indiana University study of accessible play surfaces reveal the importance of proper installation and regular maintenance.
- September 26, 2013
- January 17, 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
- 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.
- February 9, 2012
- January 2, 2012
When the U.S. Department of Justice adopted the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, there set into motion much information and MISinformation regarding compliance with the new standards. At NCA, we see a lot of marketing literature for "accessible" products and services. Recently there has been an influx of marketing to the parks and recreation field with misleading assertions about compliance with the new standards.
- January 2, 2012
- As we get closer to the March 15, 2012 compliance date for the 2010 ADA Standards, the National Center on Accessibility staff continues to field questions from practitioners. Many questions are rooted in misinformation. There has been an influx of product advertisements warning facility operators to come into ADA compliance by March 15. The date has been falsely advertised in a sense as a "deadline" with statements to the effect that your facility must be retrofitted by this date or you run the risk of ADA litigation. March 15, 2012 is not a deadline. If anything, the March 15, 2012 date should be viewed as a starting line.
- May 24, 2011
Do playground surfaces remain accessible for people with disabilities over time? A research team at the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University is attempting to answer that question. Read more about the first year findings from the longitudinal study.
Celebrating 20 Years