Program Access Course

Successful implementation of program access extends well beyond simple physical access and includes opportunities for intrinsic benefit and enjoyment by all patrons. Learn about the principles of program access and how successful implementation will benefit people with disabilities seeking to enjoy parks and recreation facilities and programs.




This course, designed in partnership with the National Center on Accessibility, discusses program access as a necessary and beneficial part of providing meaningful parks and recreation experiences to people with disabilities. Within this comprehensive course, the learner will be introduced to the foundational concepts and principles of program access and will examine multiple examples of integrated services and methods of program access implementation.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced, allowing learners the flexibility to complete the course as quickly or slowly as they need. While exploring course content, learners can investigate topics in greater detail through enrichment activities that link to real-world examples, original source materials, and policy documents. Learners can easily move from section to section as they navigate through the course, revisiting concepts as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Interactive practice activities
  • Learn More opportunities
  • Supplemental reference materials
  • Final assessment

After completing all course activities, you will complete a brief assessment to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • Concepts of Program Access
  • Elements of Program Access
  • Integrated Program Access
  • Auxiliary Aids & Assistive Devices
  • Program Access in Action
  • Program Access Implementation
  • Facilitating Program Access

Be able to:

  • Define program access.
  • Explain the principles of equal opportunity and benefit within the program access standard.
  • Identify methods of program access implementation.
  • Describe how program access benefits a variety of individuals.

Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course; all are welcome. If you are interested, our Universal Design course supplements this course.


goodReview by Marie
I enjoyed the course, the real-life examples of law in action were really helpful in understanding how they occur in everyday situations. I would have enjoyed a few problem solving questions on the quiz or some way for me to apply the knowledge to a situation in order to make it accessible. (Posted on 11/6/2017)

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