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Accessibility assessment training

NCA Education programs are designed to engage practitioners in recreation access issues with instructors nationally recognized for their expertise and commitment to inclusive recreation environments for people with disabilities. Thousands of park and recreation professionals, architects, landscape architects, planners, interpreters, accessibility coordinators, administrators, advocates and consumers have not only participated in NCA Education programs, but as a result have been able to create change within their organizations and communities leading to a society more inclusive of people with disabilities. Interactive sessions include discussion of attitudes, characteristics and needs of people with disabilities, legislation, accessibility standards, program access and universal design. Open registration training courses are offered in various national locations and at Indiana University throughout the year. Distance learning programs through videoconferencing, satellite broadcast, and Internet are also available. NCA also tailors training programs for agencies based on the needs and requests of the organization.


Accessibility Coordinator Training: Accessibility Management for Parks and Recreation

A comprehensive accessibility management program is the key to success for park and recreation agencies. This NCA training course is designed to give Accessibility Coordinators in parks and recreation the foundation for implementing an accessibility management program. This course is ideal for professionals with newly appointed responsibilities and for those looking to brush up on the latest information for accessibility compliance. Sessions will include discussions of the characteristics and needs of people with disabilities, legislative mandates and litigation, accessibility standards and common errors, the application of Universal Design to park and recreation environments, Program Access, considerations for conducting accessibility assessments, visitor use and marketing, and comprehensive planning. Examples and best practices in accessibility management will be presented throughout the sessions. A field exercise will give participants an opportunity to practice conducting an accessibility assessment along with discussing considerations for prioritization of physical and programmatic barrier removal.

A Universal Approach to Interpretive Planning, Programs and Design

This training program focuses on methods and techniques for developing programs and exhibits that are accessible to people with disabilities. The course will also concentrate on the movement away from minimal accessibility standards and “specialized” design to the benefits of universal designs that can be utilized by people of all abilities. Educational sessions will provide an understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and the application of the principles of Universal Design to recreation areas, museums, and interpretive programs. Sessions will highlight the evolving use of accessible technology for multi-media programs while addressing access to exhibits, audiovisual programs, museum and education programs, published materials and communications. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the critical use of tactile methods with maps, exhibits and objects.

Retrofitting for Accessibility

This course provides education on federal legislation and accessibility requirements as applied to park and recreation facilities and programs. Educational sessions will provide an understanding of the characteristics and needs of people with disabilities.* Curriculum emphasis will include application of accessibility standards, barrier removal, safety issues associated with accessibility, and ongoing facility maintenance to assure optimum access for visitors including those with disabilities. Participants will learn how to identify barriers and initiate appropriate solutions for facility renovations beneficial to user groups of all abilities. This course has an active field-based component that is designed to provide hands-on experiences identifying design problems in existing facilities and viable solutions for improving access.

Access to Recreation Webinar Series

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Access to Recreation grant program has provided $15 million in funding to 36 recreation projects in four Midwestern states over the last three years. Projects were selected based on their concepts for embracing universal design, opportunity to facilitate inclusion of people of all abilities and opportunity to serve as an exemplar of universal design to community planners, recreation practitioners and advocates. The free 90-minute sessions will present an overview of the project concepts, the planning process, design decisions, construction issues, and fundraising. Participants will have the opportunity to view some of the project details online and ask questions of the project managers. This is an excellent opportunity for professionals seeking the latest information on universal design trends specific to parks and recreation. The series is sponsored by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Foundation.

National Center on Accessibility
Indiana University Research Park
501 North Morton St, Suite 109 Bloomington, IN 47404
(812) 856-4422 Voice
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The National Trails Training Partnership

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The National Trails Training Partnership is an alliance of Federal agencies, training providers, nationwide supporters, and providers of products and services. Visit the online calendar of training opportunities, access hundreds of trail-related resources, read the news, learn how you can help, and see training resources in your state.

This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Highway Administration under Cooperative Agreement DTFH61-06-H-00023. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Federal Highway Administration.



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