Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
- Designing Public Locker Rooms with an Eye on Privacy
by Paul Steinbach January 2017
On March 23, 2016, North Carolina governor Pat McRory signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, making his state the first in the nation to mandate that designated restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings (including those on public school and university campuses) be used by individuals based on the gender indicated on their birth certificate. Over the previous year, five additional states — Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — had considered similar legislation to no effect (so far), and a so-called "bathroom bill" in Arizona circled the drain way back in 2013.
- Examining Venues for ADA Compliance
by Ray Cox November 2016
Mobility is not the only challenge addressed at Salem, the valley's oldest large indoor public venue. "We also have sight and hearing impairment seat holds," said Stephanie Coffey, a public relations associate for the civic center.
- City Dedicates Ballfield for Kids with Disabilities
by Thomas Clouse October 2016
Otto Zehm's mom "wanted (the memorial) here because he came here all the time to play. He loved it here. It's come full circle." A dream to honor the late father of Major League great Cal Ripken Jr. converged Wednesday with the legacy of Otto Zehm as Spokane officials gathered in the rain to dedicate a new baseball field at Mission Park for kids with disabilities. Spokane Mayor David Condon and Spokane City Councilwoman Amber Waldref joined park staff members who worked with the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, secured state grants and persuaded local donors to raise a total of about $560,000 to fund the Mission Park Ability Field. The field is adjacent to the only playground structure in the city that provides access to kids with mobility issues or other special needs.
- Inside the First Universal Design-Certified Facility
by Laura Godlewski May 2016
This article appeared in the May issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
- Mother of Son with Autism Sues for Locker Room Access
by Jason Scott April 2016
The city of Detroit was recently compelled to change its policy regarding recreation center locker rooms after being sued for discrimination by the mother of a boy with autism.
- MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative
by November 2015
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is launching an initiative to promote participation in adaptive sports. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which this fall became the first collegiate conference to offer NCAA-sanctioned events and varsity-level competition for adaptive sports. According to The Boston Globe, an email containing an outline of the initiative was sent out last week to Massachusetts principals and athletic directors.
- Adaptive Sports Programs Aiding Recovery for Military
by Emily Attwood August 2015
Last month, the sixth annual Warrior Games took place at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., a departure from its previous host city, Colorado Springs. While past games have been organized in partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Paralympics, the DOD took the lead in organizing this year's event and will continue to do so, with different branches of the military hosting each year. As noted by a department spokesperson, the change was part of the DOD's effort "to better align the event with the Games' core mission of playing a vital role in recovery for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans."
- Lawsuit Claims Ohio YMCA Violated ADA
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
A Cincinnati woman is suing the Great Miami Valley YMCA claiming that the organization discriminated against her six year old son who has Down syndrome. The lawsuit alleges that the YMCA is violating the federal American with Disabilities Act, the federal Rehabilitation Act and Ohio law by not attempting to make “reasonable accommodations” for Steven.
- How to Make Bleacher Seating More ADA Accessible
by Paul Steinbach January 2015
Kay Park Recreation Corp. got a call in July from Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton, Iowa. The wood bleachers on the home side of the school's football field, in place since the school opened in the late 1960s, were in need of renovation. More important, perhaps, complaints had come from wheelchair users unable to fully enjoy the game experience from their designated area on the running track surrounding the field.
- Inclusive Playground Design Leaves No Child Out
by Anne-Marie Spencer October 2014
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in Parks & Playgrounds, a new supplement to Athletic Business. View the entire digital issue here.
Unless you've been at a playground where a child is left sitting out because the play environment was designed with too narrow a skill set in mind, you might not understand the heartbreak that being left out can cause. Though the topic of inclusion is a popular one, situations like this are still happening — often by accident — in new play spaces all around the world.