• 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 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."

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Detroit Arena Forced to Improve Disability Access

    by Michael Gaio August 2014

    The Detroit Red Wings may soon have a new home, but in the meantime, some upgrades are in order for their current one.

  • 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?