Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
- Plans for Adaptive Baseball Field Approved
by Earle Kimel November 2015
Venice Challenger Baseball will have a field to call home next September, after the Sarasota County Commission approved a lease agreement that will allow construction of a specialized baseball field on the Foxworthy Campus at By-Pass Park in Venice.
- AD: Parking Spots Remain for Fans with Disabilities
by John Martin November 2015
All parking in front of the Civic Center will remain available to disabled people on University of Evansville basketball game days, UE Athletic Director Mark Spencer said Tuesday. UE and city officials, meanwhile, will try to find a different accommodation for the basketball program’s largest donors as the new season unfolds. The university, citing parking limitations because of the Downtown convention hotel See parking, 9A construction, had decided to allow the basketball program’s biggest financial contributors to share the Civic Center lot with disabled fans. The donors’ former lot, south of the arena, is no longer available because of the hotel project.
- MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative
by Takara Scott-Johnston 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.
- Lawsuit Seeks Accommodation for Deaf Football Players
by Shannon Prather October 2015
When Dov Nathanson, a deaf fourth-grader, plays football, the vibrations from a drum on the sidelines help him feel the "huts" barked by the quarterback. A sign-language interpreter allows him to follow along in team huddles. When Dov's parents felt that the Spring Lake Park Panther Youth Football Association was balking at the cost and perceived inconvenience of such accommodations, they sued it under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Minnesota Human Rights Act. A federal judge recently refused to throw out the lawsuit.
- Lawsuit Prompts District's $190K ADA Upgrades
by Jason Nevel Staff Writer October 2015
The Springfield School District is spending nearly $190,000 to add wheelchair-accessible drinking fountains and restrooms near the Lanphier High School gymnasium.
- Universal Playground Gives All Kids a Place to Play
by Dustin White September 2015
The ribbon has finally been cut on the Universal Playground at the Eagle’s Park. Giving the community a unique area for all children to play together, the project has seen great support from its initial conception.
- Dubuque Set to Debut Adaptive-Sports Program
by Stacey Becker firstname.lastname@example.org September 2015
The City of Dubuque`s Leisure Services Department and a small contingent of community partners are piloting an adaptive-sports open gym program this fall.
- 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.