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Accessibility to Historic Sites; the Decision Process
Webinar Recording from June 3, 2021
Ray Bloomer, Accessibility Specialist
Description: The process of deciding how to make historic structures and sites accessible to people with disabilities, must consider multiple factors. This session will discuss types of structures, types of changes to be considered, limitations and uses of the structures, along with what to do if all areas of historic structures cannot be made accessible. This session is intended to provide participants with guidance in order to successfully strike a balance between accessibility and preservation.
Ray Bloomer works with the National Park Service’s National Accessibility Support Program. He has significant experience in training and consulting on accessibility in historic sites, both in physical and programmatic accessibility.
This session was one of four from a half-day workshop focused on accessibility in historic buildings.
- Disability and The ADA: Cultural, Demographic, Legal and Technical Implications
- Accessibility to Historic Sites; the Decision Process
- Strategies for Accessibility Improvements to Historic Properties
- Modifying Historic Properties for Increased Accessibility - Panel Conversation