• 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


  • Complying with the ADA Requires Awareness of the Smallest of Obstacles

    by Christina Hansen August 2009

    Complying with the ADA requires awareness of the smallest of obstacles.

  • Athleticism Found In Abundance Among Disabled Athletes

    by Paul Steinbach August 2008

    Athleticism can be found in abundance among individuals with disabilities, if you know where to look.

  • Few Rec Centers Actually Address the Needs of People with Disabilities

    by Corey Fairbanks August 2008

    Though most recreation facilities meet the legal requirements associated with accessibility, few address the actual needs of people with disabilities.

  • Syracuse Fitness Center a Benchmark for Accessibility

    by Joseph D. Lore June 2008

    From equipment to flooring to lockers, staff at the Syracuse University Fitness Center at Marshall Square Mall made every effort to make the facility accessible to individuals of all levels of physical ability.

  • Maryland Becomes First State Requiring Equal Athletic Opportunities for Disabled Students

    by Michael Popke May 2008

    A new state law makes Maryland the first to require schools to create equal athletic and physical education opportunities for students with disabilities.