ADA: It’s Not New!
NRPA recently co-hosted a training with the Minnesota Recreation and Park Association, the Public Health Law Center, and the American Heart Association. A focus of this training was the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A key take away was that ADA is not new – it was actually passed in 1990 and enforcement began 20 years ago in 1992!
So why all the flurry now?
In 2010, the United States Department of Justice amended the regulations which became effective on March 15, 2011. This included a recreation design standard effective for new sites on March 15, 2012 and a mandate for agencies to have conducted an accessibility audit on every existing site and to have a plan in place to address deficiencies. This is a MUST!
As park and recreation agencies we have the responsibility to provide recreation opportunities for ALL people of all abilities. In all agencies across the nation, we must make inclusion a goal to strive for and a reality.
For a complete list of changes and regulations visit: www.ada.gov. You can read more about park accessibility here. If you need help with accessibility audits, NRPA has a member business solution you may find helpful too.
Written By: Kellie May, NRPA Program Manager
Questions to Ponder. Share your Thoughts:
- What does inclusion really mean to you?
- Is inclusion the norm at your agency?
- How do you ensure you are providing recreation opportunities for all people of all abilities?
- Have you conducted accessibility audits?