NCA Publishes Results of Playground Surface Study

Indiana University Newsroom FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Results from a five-year Indiana University study of accessible play surfaces reveal the importance of proper installation and regular maintenance. Erring in either can create barriers to play, learning and development for a child with disabilities and can […]

Access Board Issues Final Rule for Outdoor Developed Areas

On September 26, the U.S. Access Board published its Final Rule on accessibility standards for outdoor developed areas including trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, scenic viewing areas and beaches.  The new standards are part of the Architectural Barriers Act.  The final rule applies to the following federal agencies and their […]

Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Checklists

The ADA National Network and Institute for Human Centered Design have recently updated the Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal.  While updating this long-used checklist, new checklists specific to recreation facilities have been added: amusement rides, fishing facilities, golf facilities, miniature golf facilities, recreational boating […]

ADA Compliance: What’s the Big Deal About March 15, 2012?

When the U.S. Department of Justice adopted the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, there set into motion much information and MISinformation regarding compliance with the new standards. At NCA, we see a lot of marketing literature for “accessible” products and services. Recently there has been an […]

ADA Compliance: March 15, 2012 is a Starting Line, not a Deadline

As we get closer to the March 15, 2012 compliance date for the 2010 ADA Standards, the National Center on Accessibility staff continues to field questions from practitioners. Many questions are rooted in misinformation. There has been an influx of product advertisements warning facility operators to […]

First Year Findings on the Accessibility of Playground Surfaces Published

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Do playground surfaces remain accessible for people with disabilities over time? A research team at the National Center on Accessibility (NCA) at Indiana University is attempting to answer that question. The first year findings from a longitudinal study on the installation and […]