Sue Masica National Park Service
Across the river, the pedestrian forks in two directions, the south point of egress is accessible and spills out to the library esplanade, the north point of egress on the same side of the river is inaccessible with two steps dropping out to the greenway. Smeck, a year veteran with the park service, is expected to serve in the position until an investigation of the current superintendent, Chris Lehnertz, is complete, said Vanessa Lacayo, a spokeswoman for the park service’s Intermountain Regional Office Greenwire , Oct. Each individual, from their own background and experience, brings a different and meaningful perspective to the table.
Planning for Inclusion
Department of Environmental Conservation settles in access for the disabled lawsuit July 10, Department of Parks and Recreation, agrees to purchase golf mobility devices to allow golfers Sue Masica National Park Service disabilities to play its courses December 3, Justice Department signs agreement with nine communities to ensure civic access for people with disabilities February 27, Associate Director provides testimony to U.
House subcommittee on disability access to national parks May 11, For the public parks and recreation agency, a comprehensive accessibility management program which values citizens with disabilities while advancing its mission of leisure for healthy lifestyles is essential to creating diverse and integrated communities where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of community life.
The Problem Milestones such as the Architectural Barriers Act ofSection of the Rehabilitation Act as amended inand the Americans with Disabilities Act of have raised expectations across two or three generations of consumers with disabilities seeking opportunities to improve healthy living through leisure pursuits. New generations of people with disabilities are holistically experiencing the impacts of the federal mandates at the community level.
Today, there are higher expectations for access to public services i. Disability watchdog groups are sending a clear message in the new millennium—comply with federal disability rights legislation or risk being sued.
Shotz argues that businesses will not spend money to make accessibility improvements unless they are forced to do so. We can be nice and cooperative if the defendant is cooperative.
We can litigate the defendant into a corner if the defendant is uncooperative. What the litigation costs is up to the defendant, and is determined by how much the defendant wants to cooperate or how much the defendant wants to fight. Instead, inclusion of all citizens—of all backgrounds, of all abilities, is considered a founding principle for building healthy communities. The U. Census Bureau estimates the number of people with disabilities around 52 million.
One in five Americans has some sort of physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity. Many park and recreation agencies have made incredible strides over the last decade to remove barriers and create greater access for people with disabilities.
State and local disability advocacy organizations highlight community efforts and federal agencies such as the National Park Service present annual exemplars in accessibility. Nonetheless it puts the agency in the middle of a public relations crisis. Still today there are disability advocacy organizations that claim the settlement does not go far enough to improve access.
According to the U. The settlement DOJ, calls for the park district to make accessibility improvements at its large regional parks, nature preserve, golf course, administration building, child care center, museum and other facilities. The lessons to be learned from these or any of the other DOJ settlements is that the provision and maintenance of programs, activities, services and facilities that are accessible to people with disabilities is an ongoing responsibility and one that is only effective through the administration of a comprehensive accessibility management program.
Drucker has long written about business purpose and mission. His approach to business begins with the simple questions: What is our business? Who are our customers? Where are they? What do they consider value? Purpose and mission becomes the core for every decision made by a park and recreation agency. To carry these questions on a step further to accessibility management, the questions become: Is our business inclusive of people with disabilities?
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Drucker, P. From this point comes the daunting task of prioritizing the removal of barriers to facilitate participation among people with disabilities. The agency head establishes a sense of urgency by committing to inclusion and providing a sense of direction for staff.