RECENT ARTICLES
  • Wheelchair Tennis Program Rolling out in New Mexico

    by Toby Smith For the Journal June 2014

    "There are two differences," says Enrique Aguilar. "One, you're in a wheelchair. Two, you get two bounces to return a ball."

  • Special Recreation Association Opens Standalone Facility

    by Susan DeMar Lafferty. slafferty@southtownstar.com June 2014

    A teaching kitchen is one of many easily accessible features in the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association's new center. Wheelchairs can simply slide under the sink or stove and tables can be raised and lowered to accommodate any user.

  • Facility Provides Activities for Kids on Autism Spectrum

    by By Faran Fagen Special to The Palm Beach Post May 2014

    Along the wall, children glide across the zip line one at a time, their feet dangling and mouths giggling in a spectrum of joy.

  • Starter Strobe for Deaf Track Athlete Causes Controversy

    by Mitch Vingle May 2014

    Since the start of the Gazette Relays last week, controversy has been bubbling within state high school sports circles. It centered on a Capital High track athlete and a starter pistol. See, the former can't hear the latter. And there was a question whether Naquay Little, who has been deaf since birth, would be able to use a strobe starter in the upcoming regional and state track events. There was real concern the Secondary School Activities Commission might ban a device that not only signals a start for hearing runners, but flashes light for Little.

  • Program Fields Kids With, Without Intellectual Disabilities

    by Cindy Hval dchval@juno.com May 2014

    On Saturday, the soccer fields at Mead High School looked just like the fields at schools all across the city. Students in team jerseys dribbled soccer balls while shouts of "Goal!" and "Pass the ball!" rang out. Parents and friends bundled up against the chilly wind, and refs in yellow and black, blew whistles. But these teams are part of Unified Sports, a program sponsored by Special Olympics Washington. The program is designed to promote inclusion by combining people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same sports teams.

  • Adaptive Recreation and Fitness Facilities Set an Example for All

    by Emily Attwood June 2013

    Does your facility have any members with disabilities? How well does it accommodate them?

  • Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

    by Andrew Cohen January 2013

    Before there was LEED, there was "sustainable design." Some architects preached it, some paid it lip service, but most everybody maintained that they practiced it to some degree ...

  • Deadline Looms for ADA Compliance on Pool Lifts

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Fewer than 75 days remain for aquatic facility operators to become compliant with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding access to public pools and spas. Last May, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the deadline from March 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.

  • Prep Swimmer Loses ADA Lawsuit

    by John Wolohan February 2012

    In an effort to break down some, if not all, of the barriers facing students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that schools make accommodations for students with disabilities that do not fundamentally change the nature of the activity. The question of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation, therefore, is usually vital to most ADA and Rehabilitation Act cases.

  • Pool Operators Still Confused by Latest ADA Standards

    by Emily Attwood October 2011

    When the Department of Justice enacted the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, one of the major differences from the previous version was the inclusion of regulations for swimming pools and spas.