Nepal Technical Assistance: Wheelchairs on Trails - Part 2

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Although outdoor accessibility was something we as disability activists back-burnered as a political priority in the civil rights push of the 1970's - much to the disappointment of those of us whose lives revolved around the outdoors in the pacific Northwest of  the USA - much progress has been made. One institution that has distinguished itself as a provider of technical assistance in outdoor access is the National Center on Accessibility.

It began more than 20 years ago as a cooperative effort between the US Parks Service and Indiana University. The center looks not only at facility access but educates on the concept of program access as well.

Here are training courses that they have available online:

Practitioners often mistake the "program access" standard for only activities requiring advance registration, structured schedules and staffed by personnel or volunteers. However, "program access" really extends to the entire realm of opportunities, experiences and benefits. How does the program access standard in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to parks, recreation and places of tourism? In addition what does the provision for readily accessible and usable goods and services mean for places of public accommodation (Title III)? This 90-minute webinar brings together two of the foremost national experts on program access, John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist with the National Park Service, and Director of Education at the National Center on Accessibility. From national parks to river boat cruises, museums to fitness centers, wildlife refuges to performing arts theaters what should every service provider in recreation and tourism know about program access for inclusion of people with disabilities? Join John and Ray for a candid discussion of the program access standard.

FREE!  90 minute webinar archive.  Original broadcast May 29, 2013.   Produced by the National Center on Accessibility and the Great Lakes ADA Center. This session is part of the Arts and Recreation Webinar Series in collaboration with the ADA National NetworkNational Center on AccessibilityThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institution.

Both Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act require state, local and federal entities to develop Transition Plans for the removal of architectural and communication barriers to participation by people with disabilities. But what does a Transition Plan look like? More importantly, what should be the process for developing and administering a successful Transition Plan? John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, provides an overview of transition plan requirements.  Joining John are accessibility coordinators representing two of the largest federal and state park systems in the nation, Cheri Murdock, Yosemite National Park, and Carole Fraser, New York Department of Environmental Conservation. Learn how each Transition Plan is as unique as the entity developing it, what they used as guiding principles for prioritizing barrier removal, and other secrets to successful implementation.

FREE!  90 minute webinar archive.  Original broadcast July 10, 2013.   Produced by the National Center on Accessibility and the Great Lakes ADA Center. This session is part of the Arts and Recreation Webinar Series in collaboration with the ADA National NetworkNational Center on AccessibilityThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The Smithsonian Institution.

Universal design refers to the creation of structures and programs that can be used by all people. This online web module provides an introduction to the concept of Universal Design and its seven principles. In addition, the course presents the history, principles, and progress of Universal Design as it applies to the designer, programmer, and the consumer.

The purpose of this online learning module is to discuss Program Access as a beneficial and necessary concept in providing a meaningful experience to people with disabilities seeking to participate in parks and recreation. Within this comprehensive course, the learner will be introduced to the concepts and principles of Program Access, multiple examples of integrated services, and methods of Program Access implementation.

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