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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.

Did You Know?

Train traveling along the Merced River to Yosemite National Park.

Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.