Equal access to the public realm regardless of disability is the law; but neither the ADA nor accessibility standards and guidelines resolve the challenges of making the complex public environment universally accessible. Panelists will share their insights based on involvement in accessibility projects in Central Park and other relevant experience. Learning Objectives:
Understand the purpose of the ADA--an ongoing obligation under civil rights law to make public program/services universally available—and the implications for planning, design, and stewardship of the public environment.
Examine some fundamental challenges of improving accessibility of complex public places, and corresponding strategies.
Learn how standards and guidelines not specifically address the entirety of the environments we design for can be interpreted/adapted to provide accessibility improvements consistent with the intent of the ADA.
Gain insight into the perspectives and experiences of people across a wide range of abilities and how they support the concept of an inclusive approach to planning, design, and wayfinding.