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Yosemite National Park Employee Receives Prestigious Accessibility Award

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Date: October 21, 2009

Branch Chief for Interpretive Services in Yosemite National Park, Mary Kline, was the recipient of a National Park Service (NPS) National Accessibility Achievement Award in the “Programmatic Accessibility Achievement” category.  

The purpose of this national awards program is to recognize outstanding accomplishments in seven categories that result in greater opportunities for person with disabilities within the NPS.  The Programmatic Accessibility Achievement Award is given to an individual or group who has been responsible for the development, implementation, or improvement of programs and services within the National Park System that support the concept of universal accessibility.  These include interpretive and educational programs as well as integrating and improving participation in park activities by persons with disabilities.  The efforts of the Division of Interpretation, through Mary’s leadership, exemplify this concept.

“We are extremely honored to be chosen as the recipient of this award.  We make every effort to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal opportunities within the NPS,” said Acting Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.

The presentation of the Achievement Awards is in conjunction with the bi-annual meeting of the NPS Servicewide Accessibility Coordinating Committee and is scheduled for October 22, 2009.

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Adventure Risk Challenge (ARC) brings youth to Yosemite National Park each summer for a dynamic literacy and leadership immersion program. ARC works with students, boosting academic and leadership skills through a variety of programs, including a 40 day experience in Yosemite full of adventure and intensive learning.