Trent University Nature Area (green trail), January 2005, by Toby Wells.
Some Links Regarding Accessibility on Trails
The newest "draft" guidelines from
the US Forest Service can be found at:
They have draft guidelines for trails and also other outdoor recreation facilities.
The "proposed" guidelines for trails, beaches, picnic areas and camp grounds from the US Access Board can be found at:
Reports on the "best practices" for sidewalks and urban trails were completed by the US Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Administration:
Universal trail assessment process: how it works and why it's important
By Kathleen Wong, Beneficial Designs, Inc.American Trails has taken on implementation of the
Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP), was
developed by Beneficial Designs. This project meets their mission of creating
trail systems for ALL Americans. The vision is to provide standardized,
objective information about the availability and condition of existing trails
to ALL trail users,both with and without disabilities.
Information gained from trail assessment will also help develop better trail
planning and design guidelines.
Full report - The newsletter of AMERICAN TRAILS -- NEW YEARS 1998
Disabled Access Guide "A Guide for Persons With
Full Guide –
The Access Board - A Federal Agency
Committed to Accessible Design - Mission The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to
accessibility for people with disabilities. It operates with staff and a
governing board of representatives from Federal departments and public members
appointed by the President.
Key responsibilities of the Board include:
Beneficial Designs -
Beneficial Designs works towards universal access through research, design, and education. Thier work is based on the belief that all individuals should have access to the physical, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of life. They seek to enhance the quality of life for people of all abilities, and work to achieve this aim by developing and marketing technology for daily living, vocational, and leisure activities.
Eco-Access - Eco-Access Home Page. Eco-Access promotes respect for ourselves, for others and for our environment. It is a
exists to ensure access for disabled people to nature.
Disabled Equestrians Organization The Disabled Equestrians Organization represents individuals that are moderately disabled and use a horse or mule to providethem access to trails in the outdoors.
Letter to the Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section wanting interpretation of the Disability Act.
The Enabled RVer - Enabled RVer homepage Access-travel has become popularand familiar to many traveling by air and sea. The RVing community is entering a new area with the special-needs traveler in mind. The Enabled RVer offers a useful list of resources for disabled access within this popular past time.
Visit their website.
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation: Opening the Outdoors To People With Disabilities
Progress and Projects
Bristish Columbia Mobilty Opportunities Society The Society is charitable, non-profit organization aimed at providing methods of access to the wilderness for people with specific disabilities. To visit their Wilderness Access homepage click here. As part of their projects the development of the Trail rider has emerged. It is avehicle designed to allow access for those with disabilites into the wilderness. For alook at the design click here.
USDA Forest Service Draft Accessibility Guidelines for Trails Draft Guidelines Released– The Appalachian Trail Conference, 2003– Project The Trail.
early December, the USDA Forest Service released for public review and comment
draft guidelines intended to improve opportunities for access by persons with
disabilities to trails, campsites, and other recreation facilities on national
forest system lands.” The guidelines may be obtained by visiting the Forest
Service Accessibility website.
Sasol Sensory Trail Delta environmental Center in Delta Park Johannesburg opened the Sasol Sensory Trail in 1997, a park where the disabled, as well as others can appreciate aspects of nature such as texture, temperature, aroma and shape. History of the development of the trail:
Sasol Sensory Trail online.
The Government of Canada has developed requirements to ensure that all federal facilities are accessible to persons with disabilities. Those requirements are found in the Treasury Board Real Property Accessibility Policy. The key objective of the policy is “to ensure that persons with disabilities can gain access to, and use, federal real property.” The policy also states that “custodian departments have primary responsibility for ensuring that the real property they administer is accessible to persons with disabilities, and for planning appropriate capital and maintenance programs to ensure implementation of the accessibility policy.”
“Parks Canada, as the custodian of
updated by Wesley Found