Live / Beyond the Minimums: Accessibility Webinar Series / Part 3: Disability Park Awareness Panel

Includes a Live Web Event on 08/07/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Disability Park Awareness Panel

Meeting the minimum accessibility design standards for play and recreation areas is the first step to ensuring everyone can participate, enjoy, and experience park and play area facilities. During the session, a panel of individuals with disabilities and professionals who support persons with disabilities will discuss features that can “make or break” play and recreational opportunities for individuals with autism, people with developmental disabilities, people with various sensory or communication needs, or individuals who are neurodivergent. Strategies, design elements, barriers, and accessibility will be discussed differently. We hope you will join us for this look beyond the minimum accessibility design standards to discover how your community can make your park and play areas more inclusive for everyone. This is the third session of a yearlong four-part Beyond the Minimums accessibility series. This webinar includes real-time captioning and video remote interpreting (VRI) upon request. To request video interpreting services and/or resources in an alternate format, please email at least two weeks prior to the live webinar date.

  1. Develop a statement of understanding that demonstrates the features that make a park or play area inclusive for everyone.
  2. Summarize the features and elements people with disabilities look for when choosing their recreational experiences.
  3. Evaluate existing park and play areas, and identify barriers that may restrict people with disabilities from being able to fully participate in the provided recreational opportunities.
  4. List two (2) helpful resources to obtain additional information or to utilize when evaluating new and existing park and play areas for inclusion.

William (Bill) Botten

Accessibility Consultant


Botten who currently works as an accessibility consultant joined the U.S. Access Board in 2000 and served for 22 years (retired in 2022) in several capacities while on staff including as a senior accessibility specialist, technical assistance coordinator, and the training coordinator. He was part of a team that developed the combined guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Architectural Barriers Act and was the lead staff for the development of guidelines and technical assistance materials for the rulemaking on outdoor developed areas. Bill specializes in accessibility issues related to recreation facilities and outdoor developed areas.

Jennie Sumrell (Moderator)

CORE Community Outreach Director


Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as an educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

This session will offer the following credits:





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0.1 IACET CEU 1.0 AIA HSW LU      1.0 LA CES HSW PDH 0.1 CEU1.25 Electives

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

CEUs can be applied toward NRPA CPRP/CPRE renewal and ACTCP certification. To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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Live / Disability Park Awareness Panel
08/07/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
08/07/2024 at 2:00 PM (EDT)  |  75 minutes
Obtaining your CEU Credit
Step 1: Complete Disability Park Awareness Survey
9 Questions
Step 2: Complete Disability Park Awareness Quiz
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
10 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  80/100 points to pass
Step 3: Download Disability Park Awareness Certificate
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective) credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH / 0.1 CTRS / 1.25 ACTCP Elective) credit  |  Certificate available