Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
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.
Park to Honor Boy's Death with Accessible Playground
by Gerald Witt firstname.lastname@example.org 865-342-6357 April 2015
The first development at Lakeshore Park will be a playground in memory of a child who loved baseball but died two days before his first game.
HS Students Propose Restroom-Accessibility Law
by Lynn Hulsey April 2015
"Matthew's Bill," which is in committee today, would require that as of Jan. 1, 2017, buildings constructed for assembly purposes - such as concert venues and arenas - have at least one restroom facility with a changing table that can accommodate people who weigh up to 400 pounds
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.