Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
City Installs Aquatic Wheelchairs for Accessible Splash Pads
by Courtney Cameron June 2019
The Jacksonville, N.C., Recreation and Parks Department is installing aquatic wheelchairs at splash pads around the city this summer to make its aquatic facilities more universally accessible.
Planet Fitness Asks Man with Tourette’s to Leave
by Andy Berg March 2019
Planet Fitness, which bills itself as “The Judgement Free Zone,” is getting backlash after one of its locations in Florida asked a man with Tourette’s Syndrome to leave because he was being too loud.
City Approves $2.2 Million Inclusive Baseball Facility
by Courtney Cameron January 2019
Fan Sues Cubs Over Wrigley Field's ADA Compliance
by Courtney Cameron January 2018
20-year-old David Cerda, a long-time Cubs fan who suffers from muscular dystrophy, is suing team owners to provide better wheelchair access at Wrigley Field, according to ESPN.
Ensuring Inclusivity and Accessibility at Aquatics Facilities
by Andy Berg November 2017
In 2010, Congress added a provision to the Americans with Disabilities Act that mandated all public pools and spas — hotel, rec center, country club or otherwise — be accessible to individuals with disabilities by the end of 2012. In most cases, compliance could be accomplished by installing a lift chair or ramp — facility enhancements that likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $10,000, which was better than being slapped with a $55,000 fine.
Adaptive Fitness Partnership Sees Encouraging Results
by Courtney Cameron November 2017
In a presentation to Bloomington (Ill.) community leaders Tuesday, the Partnership for Health Pilot Program asked for $75,000 in donations to expand an innovative new health and fitness program for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
CU Rec Makes Advances in Adaptive Programming
by Courtney Cameron February 2017
The University of Colorado Recreation Center is making significant advances in the way of creating a universal community and activity hub for its diverse student population.
Designing Public Locker Rooms with an Eye on Privacy
by Paul Steinbach January 2017
On March 23, 2016, North Carolina governor Pat McRory signed into law the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, making his state the first in the nation to mandate that designated restrooms and locker rooms in government buildings (including those on public school and university campuses) be used by individuals based on the gender indicated on their birth certificate. Over the previous year, five additional states — Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — had considered similar legislation to no effect (so far), and a so-called "bathroom bill" in Arizona circled the drain way back in 2013.
Inside the First Universal Design-Certified Facility
by Laura Godlewski May 2016
This article appeared in the May issue of Athletic Business. Athletic Business is a free magazine for professionals in the athletic, fitness and recreation industry. Click here to subscribe.
Mother of Son with Autism Sues for Locker Room Access
by Jason Scott April 2016
The city of Detroit was recently compelled to change its policy regarding recreation center locker rooms after being sued for discrimination by the mother of a boy with autism.