Law & Policy: ADA & Accessibility
- ADA Agreement to Allow Optic Yellow Baseball
by Chris Duffy February 2018
A federal prosecutor in Michigan said on Monday he had reached an agreement with Little League Baseball that would allow a player with a vision-related disability to use an optic yellow baseball, settling an Americans with Disabilities Act complaint.
- 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.
- MIAA Promotes Adaptive Sports Initiative
by November 2015
The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association is launching an initiative to promote participation in adaptive sports. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which this fall became the first collegiate conference to offer NCAA-sanctioned events and varsity-level competition for adaptive sports. According to The Boston Globe, an email containing an outline of the initiative was sent out last week to Massachusetts principals and athletic directors.
- 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."