• Playground Called in Violation of ADA for Second Time

    by Bob Stiles, Tribune-Review (Greensburg, PA) July 2015

    Youngwood council has agreed to consider buying a specially designed swing and other items for the new community playground in hopes of satisfying a state regulatory agency. In June, a state Labor & Industry inspector found the borough did not comply with state construction requirements for the recreation area beside the municipal building.

  • Teen Inspired Special Nike Sneaker for Disabled People

    by Cam Smith, USA TODAY Sports July 2015

    In some ways Matthew Walzer is a lot like many other 19-year-olds: obsessed with sports, especially basketball, and particularly fond of basketball shoes. But that's where the similarities end, because Walzer isn't able to put his shoes on by himself.

  • 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.

  • Wright State Student Helps Get Special Ball Field Built

    by Jim Hannah June 2015

    Wright State film student and Springboro native William Crotty, who has cerebral palsy, inspired the creation of Dayton's Miracle League baseball field for children and young adults with disabilities.

  • City Offers New Swim Lessons for Kids with Disabilities

    by Dianna Smith Special to The Palm Beach Post June 2015

    The Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex has always reached out to every member of its community each year with swim lessons, but this year, officials decided to spend more time focusing on those with disabilities who might need a little extra attention in the pool.

  • Boy's Family Helps Bring Sled Hockey to Charleston

    by Jake Jarvis, Staff writer June 2015

    The Memorial Ice Arena in South Charleston donated two hours of ice time from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday so kids and adults with physical disabilities can try out sled hockey for the day.

  • In Ohio, First Amputee to Compete at State Track Meet

    by Tom Archdeacon June 2015

    On Saturday, Xenia Christian's Grace Norman will become the first amputee in Ohio - girl or boy - to compete in the state track meet.

  • YMCA Breaks Ground on Accessible Ballpark

    by Kelly Farrell Daily News Correspondent 239-435-3435 June 2015

    The Greater Naples YMCA hit a home run with a new ball field that will bring veterans services closer to their home base.

  • 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.