Navigating the Standards for Accessible Design

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This course is designed for facility managers and park and recreation providers who are interested in gaining a foundational knowledge of the requirements for accessible facilities within federal, state, and local agencies.





This course discusses the design standards for physical accessibility as requirements for new construction and alterations of the built environment that support public programming in recreation agencies.

Within this course, the learner will be introduced to the history of accessibility legislation; learn how to access, navigate, and use the ADA/ABA accessibility standards; and apply the standards in a variety of built-in exercises.

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Course Schedule

This course is self-paced and integrates self-study allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. Within each course, you decide the order and progression you' d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Real-life examples
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment

Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

Course Chapters

  • History of Accessibility Legislation
  • Application of the Accessibility Standards
  • Introduction to the ADA/ABA Standards
  • Accessible Site Elements and Furnishings
  • Practice Activities

Be able to:

  • Identify the legislation, regulations, and policies related to physical accessibility
  • Discuss, as a general overview, the accessibility standards applicable under the ADA and ABA
  • Discuss how the functional limitations of disabilities are addressed in the accessibility standards
  • Discuss the most common technical provisions and their application to new construction and barrier removal in existing facilities

Recommended Background

It is strongly recommended that you complete the Program Access and Universal Design e-courses before beginning this course. Without a solid foundation in these two concepts you will not be able to get the most out of this course and could find the content confusing. The free accessibility micro-learning courses (4) are also recommended. The recommended courses can be found here, at the Eppley Training Site.


Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

No additional resources are required for this course.

Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

Why should I take this course?

Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

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