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Today’s Moderator Dan Humphreys CDSS, MS Director of BlazeTEC
Today’s Presenter • Disability Policy Officer for the Chicago Park District 2005-Present • 12+ Years of service with Chicago Mayor’s Office for people with Disabilities (MOPD) • Over 30 years of experience in disabled and adapted sports as an • Athlete • Official • Coach • Administrator Larry Labiak Disability Policy Officer Chicago Park District
5 Ways to Make Your Park and Rec Program More Inclusive and Accessible • Policies • Staff Training • Transportation • Programming • Equipment & Facilitates
Disability Facts • 54 million Americans • 1 in 5 individuals has a disability • 16% of people with disabilities use mobility devices • Face the greatest number of physical barriers in the community • 49% of people with disabilities have either a vision or hearing impairment • 33% of people with disabilities have a major medical condition • Majority of disabilities are “invisible” Source: DBTAC-Great Lakes ADA Center
27 million people have a physical or sensory disability • Over the next 15 years, an additional 60 million people will reach retirement age (i.e. baby boomers) • Over 600,000 individuals with disabilities live or work in Chicago • Close to 400,000 senior citizens live in Chicago
Chicago Park District Core Values Open – useable by all Active – enhance active recreation opportunities Green – environment-friendly practices, procedures and materials Connected – support, funding, partnerships
Park System • 3 Regions • North – Central – South • 582 parks • 8,126 acres of park land • 239 field houses • 519 playgrounds • 17 historic lagoons • 24 miles of lakefront • 18 miles of paved lakefront trails • 24 beaches/10 harbors • 144 gymnasiums • 75 fitness centers • 77 swimming pools
Review and Development • Evaluate current policies to ensure they address needs of people with disabilities (PWDs) • Service Animals • Power-driven Mobility Devices • Emergency Planning
Non-traditional Groups Protected Under the ADA • Asthma - inhalers • Diabetes - monitoring • Severe Allergic Reactions - EpiPens (Epinephrine auto injectors)
Take advantage of existing resources • Best practices by other park districts/parks departments • Project Civic Access - DOJ • Your local ADA Information Center • Being reactive could cost you more in the long-run
Resources • Network of ADA Centers (800) 949-4232 www.adata.org • U.S. Department of Justice (800) 514-0301 (voice) (800) 514-0383 (TTY) www.ada.gov • U.S. Access Board (800) 872-2253 (voice) (800) 993-2822 (TTY) (202) 272-0081 (fax) www.access-board.gov
Why? • It is the right thing to do • Alleviate concerns of both disabled consumers and staff • Reduce disability-related complaints
Types of Training • Disability Awareness & Etiquette • ADA Compliance • General policies and procedures (e.g. locker rooms/bath houses) • Proper use of assistive equipment • Experiential learning (e.g. role playing)
Special Recreation Staff Training • Crisis Prevention and Intervention • Transfer Training • Familiarity with various disability types (e.g. Autism, deaf/HH, seizure disorder) • BlazeSports Certified Disability Sport Specialist (CDSS)
Tools for the Trades • Cheat sheet/crib notes • Standard ADA details cut sheet (e.g. parking space dimensions/access aisles/signage) • Beach walk maintenance procedures • Pool lift operations/repair procedures • Photos depicting problem areas (e.g. degraded pathways)
An Age Old Problem • Lack of an accessible vehicle • Policy prohibitions • Distance between participants’ homes/schools and target site • Societal norms tend to exclude PWDs from mainstream activities • Carpooling complexities • Funding
Dealing with the Problem • Identifying Resources • Partners with similar philosophies • Link to ADA Para-transit service • Door-to-door • Travel training • Develop working knowledge of accessible travel options (e.g. one lift-equipped bus vs. two)
Retraining the parents • Increase awareness • History/Paralympic Movement • Disability Sport Community • Raise expectations • Potential • Long-term benefits
Developing Programming Options/Choices Inclusive Segregated Combination
Identification • Resources • Facilities/equipment • Experience/knowledge • Barriers/obstacles • Real and perceived • Cross-disability differences • Potential Partners
Athlete Self-discipline Teamwork Leadership Sportsmanship Socialization Professional Work ethic Collaboration Management skills Flexibility Communication skills Benefits of Participation
Being Part of the Athlete Development Continuum • The beginning • Grassroots • Athlete identification • The progression • Recreation • Lifelong health/fitness opportunities
Outreach to Disabled Community (CPD Disability Advisory Committee) • Centers for Independent Living (CIL) • Sub-disability advocacy organizations • Local disabled sports teams/organizations • Municipal disabled services/advocacy agency (e.g. Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities) • Veterans’ services organizations • Website/social media/electronic media
What are our goals? • Short-term • Long-term
CPD Goals • Short-term • Expose current program participants to additional adaptive sport and recreational opportunities • Long-term • To offer both integrated programming and specialized opportunities for specific disability populations
Short-term • Outreach to active military and veteran population of Chicago • Long-term • Develop a veteran-based wheelchair softball team for the 2012 season and beyond
Partnership Development • Event support (e.g. one-time volunteers) • Programmatic development (on-going) • Mutually beneficial relationship • Combine resources to eliminate gaps • Formalize partnerships on paper • Define the relationship within the program plan - Who will be responsible for what?
Communicate • There will be adaptations from plan to practice • To minimize misimpressions, misinterpretations and discord • Evaluate • To ensure long-term success • Expand your network • Continued partnerships • Adding new partners
CPD Partners • World Sport Chicago • Chicago Public Schools • Chicago State University • University of Illinois (Chicago & Urbana) • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago • Midwest Wheelchair Sport & Social Club (MDWSSC) • BlazeSports • Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program • Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) • Adaptive Adventures • Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs • Illinois Center for Rehabilitation & Education • Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital • Special Recreation Associations (SRANI) • Chicago Indoor Rowing Championships/Lincoln Park Boat Club • Creative Mobility/Project Mobility • National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
Marketing Programs (Getting the Word Out) • Use alternative forms of communication • Publicize programs through organizations that work with people • with disabilities • Include non-discrimination policy in all general information publications • Include in announcements: • Non-discrimination policy • Site accessibility • TTY numbers • Availability of alternative formats • Deadline for accommodation requests
Expand accessibility information on website • All publications should include notice that: “This publication can be made available upon request in alternate formats. Call # for assistance.” • Provide copy of access policy and implementation manual to all employees • Improve design of printed displays • Provide sign-language interpreter for major events, without waiting for request • List TTY numbers and provide TTY training to staff • Establish contracts for communication services that can be used throughout the department Source: Recreation Management May/June 2005
Tips for Success • Provide programming options (i.e. choices) • Utilize special events to target specific disability populations • Identify leaders (existing and potential) within target disability populations • Discover what works for you and continue to support it (i.e. sustainability)
Property Tax-based Revenue • Architectural Barriers Removal • Programmatic Development • Inclusion/One-on-One Aides • Staff Support • Transportation • Equipment, etc. Illinois SRA Levy (P.A. 93-612)