Dr. Sherril York, Executive Director, retires after ten and one-half years with the National Center on Accessibility. York joined NCA in July 2008 following retiring founder and director Gary Robb. She joined the National Center on Accessibility after serving as the state Training and Outreach Specialist for the Oklahoma assistive technology program and a visiting associate professor in the Health and Human Performance program both located at Oklahoma State University.
“it has been a wonderful 10 1/2 year working with park, recreation, tourism and cultural arts professionals and patrons on improving accessibility for all. I have been able to work in places that others go to vacation, like local, state and national parks, and museums. More importantly has been the work with the dedicated staff of these venues working to improve the visitor experiences for people with disabilities.”
Sherril has over 45 years of experience in accessibility and disability in physical activity development, recreation activities, and adapted sports and direct work with practitioners in the field on methods to successfully include people with disabilities. Sherril has provided consultation, but not limited, to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Stature of Liberty and Ellis Island, Grand Canyon National Park, White House Visitor Center, Gateway Arch National Park and a number of exhibit design companies on accessible exhibits.
Prior to joining NCA, Sherril was the Training/Outreach Specialist at Oklahoma ABLE Tech, the state’s assistive technology program located at Oklahoma State University. In addition, she served as Associate Director for the American Humanics Program, and Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology at Oklahoma State University, Associate Professor in the School of HPER at the University of Northern Iowa, and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Iowa State University. She has a Ph.D. from Texas Woman’s University with an emphasis in biomechanics and adapted physical education, and a gradute certificate in assistive technology from Louisiana State University.
Steve Wolter, Executive Director of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, will serve as the interim Executive Director of NCA for 2019.