• Active Design Spurs People Toward Movement and Exercise

    by Andrew Cohen January 2013

    Before there was LEED, there was "sustainable design." Some architects preached it, some paid it lip service, but most everybody maintained that they practiced it to some degree ...

  • Deadline Looms for ADA Compliance on Pool Lifts

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor November 2012

    Fewer than 75 days remain for aquatic facility operators to become compliant with provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding access to public pools and spas. Last May, the U.S. Department of Justice extended the deadline from March 15, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.

  • Angels Offer Price Breaks in Settlement of ADA Suit

    by Andrew Cohen April 2012

    We're still scratching our heads over this one. In July 2009, J. Paul Charlebois, a then-47-year-old who uses a wheelchair, attended a Los Angeles Angels game with a friend who held season tickets on the club level of Angel Stadium. Charlebois was told that the only two wheelchair seats on the club level, where in-seat service is routinely offered, were occupied. An usher offered to carry Charlebois to and from a general-admission seat on the club level, but the fan declined the invitation and sued the team for failing to provide basic accommodations to people with disabilities on a premium-seating level.

  • Blog: Seeing Opportunities for the Visually Impaired

    by Mary Helen Sprecher March 2012

    About this time last year, I was passing by one of Baltimore's sports fields when I came across an Easter egg hunt in progress. It took me a minute to realize it wasn't a typical egg hunt; the eggs were beeping, and the kids running around collecting them were blind.

  • ADA Deadline Nears for Compliance by Aquatic Facilities

    by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor March 2012

    Late next week, new provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act regarding public pools and spas become law. Simply put, all public pools must be equipped with means of handicapped-accessible entry by Thursday, March 15, or face fines levied by the U.S. Department of Justice or lawsuits filed by individuals or advocacy groups.

  • Prep Swimmer Loses ADA Lawsuit

    by John Wolohan February 2012

    In an effort to break down some, if not all, of the barriers facing students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that schools make accommodations for students with disabilities that do not fundamentally change the nature of the activity. The question of what constitutes a reasonable accommodation, therefore, is usually vital to most ADA and Rehabilitation Act cases.

  • Pool Operators Still Confused by Latest ADA Standards

    by Emily Attwood October 2011

    When the Department of Justice enacted the ADA 2010 Standards for Accessible Design, one of the major differences from the previous version was the inclusion of regulations for swimming pools and spas.

  • Blog: Reaching Out to Potential Wheelchair Athletes

    by Mary Helen Sprecher February 2011

    Several years ago, I had the pleasure of covering a wheelchair bocce event in the Little Italy section of Baltimore. The afternoon was nothing short of phenomenal. Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks has an excellent advocate for wheelchair sports named Mike Naugle, who is the city's program coordinator for therapeutic recreation. A Paralympian, Mike has worked hard to establish athletic programs for individuals with physical challenges. He's forever thinking outside the box, seeking new and interesting opportunities.

  • Rec Agencies Face New ADA Requirements

    by Nicholas Brown January 2011

    Nothing says "celebration" like the unveiling of new design standards and revisions to existing federal regulations. But that's how President Barack Obama and the U.S. Department of Justice framed the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act in a ceremony last July.

  • By Siding with Wheelchair-Using Spectators, Court May Influence future ADA Litigation

    by John T. Wolohan August 2009