At least one in ten people in the Chicago Wilderness region have some kind of disability, but all residents should have access to our region’s outdoor assets.
Join this webinar to ensure that your park, preserve, nature center or natural area is welcoming to all visitors and volunteers. “Universal Design for Natural Areas” is a free, one-hour webinar on September 24 from 1-2 p.m. CST. Learn all about universal design, accessibility standards, and how to incorporate best practices at your site.
The webinar will include an overview of the following:
- Accessibility requirements contained in the Illinois Accessibility Code and 2010 ADA Standards that are relevant to recreation and natural areas;
- Best practices regarding accessibility for people with disabilities and outdoor developed areas including trails, camping, and picnic areas; and
- The practical applications of trail accessibility guidelines to all types of natural surface trails and integrating these with sustainable trails best practices.
A recording of the webinar will be available for viewing afterward, including closed captioning.
Jack Catlin, Partner, LCM Architects
Jack has been involved in creating environments for all people including people with disabilities since 1975. He began his career promoting accessibility for people with disabilities as Executive Director of Access Chicago, a design advocacy program of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Since the mid 1970’s he was involved in the development of accessibility codes and standards for state and local building codes, received a masters degree in architecture, and established an architectural firm in Chicago with a specialty in accessibility and universal design. Jack was recognized for his innovative ability in 1994 when President Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Access Board, the federal agency responsible for developing guidelines under the ADA, where he was the first practicing architect to serve as the Chairman of the Board. Most recently he co-chaired the committee that developed Chicago’s first comprehensive accessibility code as part of revisions to the Chicago Building Code.
Mike Passo, Executive Director, Professional Trailbuilders Association
Mike has conducted an extensive study of outdoor developed areas nationwide to determine the cost implications of construction according to proposed American's with Disabilities Act standards, and a Congressional study on improving access to outdoor recreational activities on federal land. Mike has also been a project director for Wilderness Inquiry’s trails and facilities assessment and Universal Design training projects—a program known as Access Outdoors. He has a B.S. in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, including three years coursework in Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has presented on Universal Design and Programming at several national conferences and serves on the Board of Directors of American Trails, a nonprofit trails advocacy organization. His love of the outdoors and his own paraplegia has given him a great interest in the creation of an accessible outdoor environment that does not ruin the characteristics and value of that environment.
Please note the following webinar instructions:
1. Sign into the webinar using your web browser ~5 minutes before the start time by clicking: https://join.me/chicagowilderness
2. Type in your name and “knock” to join
3. Join the audio via phone at: 734.746.0035; Access Code 710-602-475#
If you are on a phone or tablet, launch the join.me app and enter meeting code: chicagowilderness.
Chicago Wilderness is hosting this webinar in partnership with ADA 25 Chicago, a network of civic partners who have come together to commemorate and advance a civil rights milestone – the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Chicago Wilderness proudly supports ADA 25 Chicago’s vision to make Metropolitan Chicago the most inclusive region in the nation as a part of the Public Engagement: Beyond the Choir focus area. The Chicago Community Trust is the lead sponsor of ADA 25 Chicago.