November 2009 Archives

Resources from Various Countries

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US Campground Accessibility:

The purpose of this study was partly to identify existing policies and procedures common to accommodating people with disabilities in campgrounds and campsites throughout the country; and partly to determine the current level of accessibility in campground facilities throughout the nation. The intent of the data collection was to identify common policies, exemplary practices, and issues where clear policies were not available. The ultimate objective was to provide campground owners and operators with examples of principles and policies that might guide them in future efforts to make their facility both programmatically and physically accessible...

the U. S. Access Board began developing guidelines for recreation areas, including campgrounds in the mid 1990's. The final report of the Committee recommending campground accessibility guidelines were published in the fall of 1999. Currently, the guidelines are awaiting final approvals and enforcement authority from the U.S. Department of Justice. In the meantime most experts advise campground operators, whether federal, state or private, to use the proposed guidelines in designing accessible campsites, since even though final guidelines are not in place, entities are still required to insure the inclusion of people with disabilities in their campgrounds. While making physical area and facilities accessible to and usable by people with disabilities is fairly straightforward, the development and implementation of policies and administrative practices that ensure 'program' access are sometimes less understood, but no less important. This study attempted to focus mostly on the policy and administrative practices that often affect the quality of the experience for people with disabilities, and in fact may well discriminate against them.
US Campground Accessibility 2006
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BC Canada Park Accessibility Study

While it is already impressive that many of the parks in BC already have some degree of accessible features, how do we ensure that this is not only maintained but expands?

This report and the attached toolkit attempts to:

• Uncover accessibility initiatives already under way in B.C., Canada and beyond (highlighting best practices)
• Establish universal principles and objectives to guide a shared vision for accessibility of trails throughout BC
• Offer a simple and consistent to assessing accessibility of parks and trails in BC
• Provide guidelines for parks organizations to programs and services (including make strategic decisions concerning information and communications) that accessibility in their parks 
• Provide guidance to ensure that accessibility and inclusiveness are embedded into sustainable business practices
Canada: Accessible Parks Final Report
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