Program Access in Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Description

Practitioners often mistake the “program access” standard for only activities requiring advance registration, structured schedules and staffed by personnel or volunteers. However, “program access” really extends to the entire realm of opportunities, experiences and benefits. How does the program access standard in Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act apply to parks, recreation and places of tourism? In addition what does the provision for readily accessible and usable goods and services mean for places of public accommodation (Title III)? This session brings together two of the foremost national experts on program access, John Wodatch, former Disability Section Chief at the Department of Justice, and Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist with the National Park Service, and Director of Education at the National Center on Accessibility. From national parks to river boat cruises, museums to fitness centers, wildlife refuges to performing arts theaters what should every service provider in recreation and tourism know about program access for inclusion of people with disabilities? Join John and Ray for a candid discussion of the program access standard.

Supplemental Material Link: Fact Sheet “Program Access: Beyond Bricks and Mortar"

Multimedia Archives

Note: Captioning will only be available on the Blackboard Collaborate Formated version of the presentation available in the Blackboard Webinar Archives link. Captions are not available in the MP4 version of the presentation.

Speakers

Ray Bloomer NCA Director of Education and Technical Assistance and NPS Accessibility Specialist, National Park Service Accessibility Branch and National Center on Accessibility

John Wodatch Former, Chief Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division United States Department of Justice