Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
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."
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.
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.