Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
- 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?
- 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.