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Accessibility Reference Connections

Projects funded by the Office of Grants and Local Services are required to meet State and Federal requirements for access by persons with disabilities.   Below, OGALS provides a quick link list to recreation facility construction parameters and direction for associated recreation concerns.  The Federal and State listings are primary source documents.  Users will find that consultation of multiple entries within these source documents may be necessary for full accessibility compliance.  In the event of discrepancy in standards, the higher level of required compliance, State or Federal, applies.  Lower four links aim toward consolidation of standards, ease of reference, and clarity of understanding.  Keep in mind, that the last four links are based on interpretations of the primary source documents.  In our observation, proprietors of the provided websites have demonstrated maintenance of currency; the Office of Grants and Local Services, however, assumes no liability for such.

Primary Source Documents (Federal & State Accessibility laws)

 United States Access Board
   Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) (Federal accessibility laws for buildings and facilities)
    ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines (July 23, 2004), the basis for the current ADA (and ABA) standards
    About the Requirements for Recreation Facilities in the ADA and ABA Standards and guides on recreation facilities that further explain these requirements in the standards.

 Division of the State Architect (DSA), Department of General Services
    DSA's California Access Compliance Reference Materials

 California Building Standards Commission
    California Building Code / Code of Regulations, Title 24 (most relevant to Parks and Recreation: Chapter 11B, this Chapter 11B link is hosted by the International Code Council and is in a read only format and is not available for printing.)  The California Building Code is copyrighted and is available in its complete form only for purchase, or from depository libraries throughout the state.  The CalDAG 2013: An Interpretive Manual and Checklist, is an alternative document for purchase.  In the event of discrepancy in standards, the higher level of required compliance, State or Federal, applies.

Quick Reference Resources (based on interpretation of above mandates)

 California State Parks Accessibility Guidelines is a compilation based on Federal and State standards developed for use internally by California State Parks.  While this should be considered an unofficial document outside of California State Parks, agencies may find useful guidance in provided citations that refer to location within primary source documents.

 Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design (museum, visitor center, performance spaces).

Discussion & Application of Law; Contacts & Clarifications; Research & Products

 ADA Document Portal: discussion of ADA obligations; link to Technical Assistance Center.

 National Center On Accessibility (NCA).  A collaborative program of Indiana University and the National Park Service, providing, Research, Education, Product Listings, based on updates in ADA Law.