Access to recreational activities in the United States has often lagged behind other types of facilities and services. With the inclusion of Recreational Facilities in the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Design Standards from the Department of Justice, this gap should now begin to close. Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas, while not yet standards, have also been developed by the US Access Board.
ODO’s staff members are actively involved in accessible sports and recreation themselves and welcome recreation-related projects. Over the years Open Doors Organization has helped to test beach mats for the Chicago Park District, assisted golf courses in acquiring adaptive golf carts and equipment and been actively involved with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s fitness and sports programs. We have also audited dozens of sports and recreational facilities for the ODO Easy Access guides.
Open Door Organization is a consultant for Southwind Park, a new all-inclusive recreational facility in Springfield, IL. Our main project at Southwind was development of a tactile wayfinding system for their trails.
ODO Recreation Services
- Staff training
- Video production
- Marketing and outreach strategies
- Inclusive program and facility development
- Adaptive equipment testing
- ADA compliance reviews
- Web accessibility analysis
2010 ADA Design Standards – Includes Standards for Recreational Facilities
Draft Final Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas – US Access Board, Oct. 19, 2009
National Center on Accessibility (NCAT) – Promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. Online resources include Access A to Z, Products Directory and Distance Learning.
National Center on Physical Activity and Disability – Information center concerned with physical activity and disability
Access to Recreation – Adaptive recreational and sporting equipment
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