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International Journal on Disability and Human Development

Official journal of the the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

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Volume 10, Issue 2


Leisure and disability: Mobility Assist program for aging and older adults

John D. McMillen / Michael P. Mahoney
  • Department of Recreation Administration, California State University, College of Health and Human Services, Fresno, CA, USA
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Published Online: 2011-05-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd.2011.023


This paper reports on the evaluation of a Mobility Assist program used to accommodate aging and older adults with disabilities at a leading event facility. Researchers conducted an on-site event analysis, interviews, and legal audit to determine whether the Mobility Assist program accommodates wheelchair and seating accessibility according to the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Chapter Four, Accessible Routes, and Chapter Eight, Wheelchair Spaces, of the Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines. Findings indicate that the Mobility Assist program meets or exceeds the Americans with Disabilities Act and Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines requirements. The Mobility Assist program not only effectively accommodates older adults with and without disabilities or mobility limitations, it demonstrates how similar programs can enhance access for older adults so they, their families, and friends can enjoy equitable access to leisure venues.

Keywords: access; Americans with Disabilities Act; disabilities; leisure; mobility; older people

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Corresponding author: Dr. John D. McMillen, PhD, JD, California State University-Fresno, Kinesiology Department, 5275 N. Campus Drive M/S/SG28, Fresno, CA 93740-8018, USA

Received: 2010-10-06

Accepted: 2010-12-07

Published Online: 2011-05-10

Published in Print: 2011-05-01

Citation Information: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 10, Issue 2, Pages 145–150, ISSN (Online) 2191-0367, ISSN (Print) 2191-1231, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ijdhd.2011.023.

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