New Wisconsin Recreational Area Provides ADA Accessibility


For hunters with disabilities, it is often difficult to find recreational areas that feature ADA accessibility. However, according to a recent report, the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association aims to change that with a new 152-acre site specifically designed for hunters with disabilities.

The project, near Abrams, was started two years ago and features three duck blinds. Each blind is wheelchair and scooter accessible. The site has been configured so that hunters have the ability to completely access the blinds from the parking lot on their own. The association plans to add a ADA accessible deer blind in the future so that turkey and deer hunters with disabilities may also enjoy the site.

The lack of access to recreation facilities is one of the most common ADA complaints seen by Access Advocates. Federal regulations require camping and recreation facilities to be accessible to those with disabilities. However, unlike the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s new recreation area near Abrams, many recreational areas — including those that are state run, operated by private agencies or outdoor organizations — remain uncompliant with the law.

With a team of architects, engineers and technicians, Access Advocates has specialized in federal ADA compliance issues for 20 years. With over 50 million Americans living with a disability, it is the mission of Access Advocates to make a positive difference in the lives of these people by providing caring advocates, building accessibility audits and costing of retrofit accessibility solutions.

If you have concerns about the ADA accessibility of recreational facilities in your area or you would like more information about our organization, contact us.

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