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    Harpers Ferry Center


How the National Park Service can provide programmatic access in its interpretive efforts to communicate with people with disabilities is a challenging and complex topic. We all need guidance about how to apply standards and best practices Servicewide.

NPS Accessibility Guidelines

The Programmatic Accessibility Guidelines for National Park Service Interpretive Media is for media specialists, superintendents, and other National Park Service employees and contractors who develop and approve interpretive media. Publications, exhibits, audiovisual programs and tours, wayside exhibits, signage, and web-based media provide park visitors with information and context so that their experience of visiting national parks can be both safe and meaningful. Park visitors who have physical, sensory, or cognitive disabilities have legally established civil rights to receive the same information and context that NPS interpretive media products have always provided to their fellow citizens.

View the Accessibility Guidelines PDF

Making Media Accessible

Articles & Evaluations

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility Training Opportunities

There a numerous training opportunities related to accessibility. Following are two resources to get you started.

The National Center on Accessibility has a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service. A part of this agreement includes training. They offer face-to-face classes and on-demand distance learning.

The US Access Board and the ADA National Network webinars are another source of information. These webinars provide overviews and information on specific topics. They are recorded and can be watched anytime.

Related Links

NPS Accessibility Coordinators

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