New York State agencies plan to host public forums on inclusivity, sustainability, and accessibility in the outdoors.
According to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), the public forums are an integral part of New York’s mission to expand recreational opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.
The DEC, State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and the Adirondack Park Agency have confirmed that they will host two webinars about accessibility, inclusivity, and sustainability in giving access to state-owned lands.
Each session will include a presentation by Janet Zeller, a national expert on accessibility in outdoor recreation for the disabled. The presentations are followed by a discussion facilitated by the DEC/APA Accessibility Advisory Committee.
“Improving the accessibility of State lands to people of all ages and abilities is a core part of DEC’s ongoing efforts to expand the diversity and inclusivity of the recreating community,” DEC Commissioner Seggos said in a press release.
“For us, inclusivity means reevaluating how we welcome all people with historically limited access to outdoor recreation and going above and beyond to rectify past inequities in the spectrum of people recreating on our public lands.“
The first webinar will focus on “Mobility Devices on Public Lands” and provide an overview of Americans with Disabilities Act requirements on state land. It will also cover the factors entities must consider when assessing which mobility devices meet the criteria of a wheelchair or other equipment. This event will take place on May 10, from 12 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.
The second webinar will be held on May 17 to discuss “Sustainable Trails and Accessibility.” It will overview sustainable and accessible trail designs and the best way to integrate accessibility and sustainability into federal standards.
American Sign Language interpretation and closed captioning will be provided during every session. For additional assistance to accommodate participation, submit a request by April 27.
For more information, email [email protected] or call 518-402-9295.
This article originally appeared on News10.