Magazine article Parks & Recreation

'I Just Got an Email about ...'

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

'I Just Got an Email about ...'

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Park and recreation agencies lead rewarding lives. Who else improves the quality of life for their communities, in a demographic world that is rapidly changing? This mission requires leadership, good listening skills, human and fiscal resources, no small plans, and embracing the state and federal statutes that mandate equity in the delivery of services.

That includes the comprehensive Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title II (https://tinyurl.com/ybofjsnf) of this law, effective in 1992, has been supplemented by design standards (https://tinyurl.com/gvt3hde) that became effective March 15, 2012. The ADA, however, is about much more than the design of sites and facilities: It includes:

* Websites--Is the one you use to promote programs accessible to visitors who are sight impaired? The WCAG 2.0 guideline is your webmaster's friend.

* Recreation programs--Do you know the eight-step inclusion process? Is your department prepared to provide support to individuals with disabilities in your camps, sports leagues, senior programs and art programs? Even in the new administration, in October, the U.S. Department of Justice issued three new settlement agreements regarding programs. …

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