Online Program

Parks, Recreation and Tourism: Impacts of the ADA past, present and future

Sunday, November 1, 2015 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Sherril York, National Center on Accessibility, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Parks, recreation and leisure contribute significantly to achieving personal wellness and building healthy communities for people with disabilities. As the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015, what have been the major impacts of the ADA on improving inclusion and accessibility to parks, recreation, and tourism? What are the expectations of the disability community today and for the future? The World Health Organization in the 2001 International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) redefined disability as an umbrella term that is the result of the interaction between a person with a health condition and that person’s contextual factors (environmental and personal factors). This session will review the influences of the ADA over the past 25 years on inclusion of people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism through the shifting lens of medical model to a more social model as presented by the ICF. Changes to ADA regulations and accessibility standards, effects of past and current litigation, future rulemaking, and industry trends will be examined.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Describe the most significant impacts of the ADA on parks, recreation and tourism Identify emerging trends for serving people with disabilities

Keyword(s): Disabilities, Accessibility

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Executive Director of the National Center on Accessibility that focuses on inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. For forty years I have witnessed and influenced the evolution of inclusion and accessibility to parks and recreation. NCA is a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities and the factors for achieving personal wellness and building healthy communities for people with disabilities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.