Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Launches ADA Notice Project

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA Launches ADA Notice Project

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In response to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements and a recent federal court ruling, NRPA is now offering its members an ADA Notice Kit, which can be used by parks and recreation agencies to bolster their ADA compliance efforts.

The Notice section of ADA's Title II Regulations (35.106) contains several requirements affecting parks and recreation centers, as well as the communities they serve. Specifically, these facilities must provide public notice regarding the ADA's applicability to recreational activities, programs and services and the protections from discrimination ensured by the Act. Parks and recreation facilities should provide this notice in alternative formats that are accessible to the disabled.

A recent federal district court case, Clarkson v. Coughlin et al., 898 F Supp. 1019 (S.D.N.Y. 1995), ruled that a public entity had violated the law by failing to provide these notices. To comply with the ADA, it is therefore advisable for parks and recreation centers to make available such ADA Notices to all interested persons in print and other formats. In this way, facility administrators can ensure that ADA Notice information will, when required, be immediately available to the widest range of disabled individuals, including those with physical conditions that affect text reading, age-related vision loss, learning and cognitive disabilities, and blindness.

To help simplify your ADA Notice compliance, NRPA is offering this comprehensive ADA Notice Kit, which contains a park ADA Notice in print and alternative formats. …

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