Accessibility in the NPS
The National Park Service Director created an Accessibility Task Force to recommend a more effective organizational approach to improving accessibility across the service. The challenge and opportunity are significant. The requirement to make interpretive programs accessible, such as providing audio description and tactile experiences for exhibits, captions and audio description for videos on the web and in parks, alternate formats for printed materials, and sign language interpretation for personal services programs, have not been estimated. Combined, these two core components of accessibility—facilities and programmatic—are expected to require significant financial and human resources. This strategy will not only require the reallocation of resources, but cultural change regarding visitors with disabilities.
This document includes the goals and strategies. The goals are to:
- Create a welcoming environment by increasing the ability of the National Park Service to serve visitors and staff with disabilities.
- Ensure that new facilities and programs are inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities.
- Upgrade existing facilities, programs, and services to be accessible to people with disabilities.
Accessibility in Curriculum-based Education
The following materials were created as part of a live and virtual course in March 2016 and includes an overview of the Accessibility Action Plan, an activity that can be done individually or part of a team, and a PDF describing Universal Design.
Click each link to download the file.