The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism.

NCA was established through a cooperative agreement between Indiana University and the National Park Service. Over nearly three decades, NCA has emerged as a leading authority on access issues unique to park and recreation programs and facilities.


Located on the Indiana University – Bloomington campus, NCA is a center within the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands. Our staff have diverse backgrounds in recreation therapy, interpretation, environmental education, program evaluation, and landscape architecture. NCA’s success can be attributed to support from the Indiana University administration, the National Park Service, and a vast network of individuals and agencies that have contributed to an expanded knowledge base of accessibility guidelines and best practices.


At NCA, we believe that the principles of universal design and inclusion are important factors for achieving personal wellness and building healthy communities. Among people with disabilities, recreation and active leisure pursuits are vital for rehabilitation from illness or injury, prevention of disease, longevity, mental health, and sustained quality of experiences across the lifespan.


NCA’s comprehensive services menu focuses on universal design and practical accessibility solutions creating inclusive recreation opportunities for people of all abilities. NCA links the preferences and needs of people with disabilities to those of practitioners designing facilities and planning programs.


Since 1992, thousands of professionals such as park superintendents, facility managers, architects and landscape architects, program coordinators, civil engineers, planners, interpreters, and exhibit designers, accessibility coordinators, advocates, and consumers have drawn on NCA as a valued resource; and as a result, they have been able to affect change within their facilities, programs, parks, agencies, and communities.


We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of parks and recreation practitioners, including training, consultation, research, planning, assessment, and technical assistance. Click to learn more about Our Services.

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Past Clients & Partners

NCA’s past clients and partners range from large federal land management agencies to independent trail contractors, state conservation departments, non-profit organizations, and many individuals and groups in between. Some of our clients and partners include: