News from DAC NW

DAC NW Staff and Consumers Help Make Recreation Accessible!

Michelle Porter and a consumer have been working with CDA Parks and Rec to make sure changes to the park are accessible to everyone.

When deciding on a ramp that allows a person to roll all the way into the water, so you can get out of your wheelchair, their input will help make sure lock down devices or bungee cords are available to make sure the wheelchairs don’t float away. This allows a person to independently go into the water and then swim. Whether they use a wheelchair or a walker, their device will be waiting for them to use to get out of the water. 

Another idea came about as they are planning a dog park near the water. 

Hearing from our staff and consumers that a person in a wheelchair needs to be able to access the waters edge to take their service animals down to play in the water, toss a stick out for the dogs to fetch from the water. So discussions are in the works for a concrete path down to the lake for just such a purpose. 

These decisions are important to be made WITH people with disabilities. We know best what we need, and this communication makes sure accessibility is included in the planning stages, when it makes the most sense. 

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