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 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 Shirley Ryan Ability Lab’s (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) 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 works closely with a non-profit organization dedicated to recreational access, Access Anything. ODO also has its own recreational program, Z Life, directed by Constantine Zografopoulos.

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

Please call us at 773-388-8839 or email Katy O’Reilly to discuss your specific needs.

Recreation Resources

2010 ADA Design Standards – Includes Standards for Recreational Facilities

US ABA Standards including Recreational Facilities and Outdoor Developed Areas

National Center on Accessibility (NCAT) – Promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.

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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