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Diveheart Trains Disabled in SCUBA / Curaco and Michigan!

Discussion in 'Diveheart' started by gmhicks5867, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. gmhicks5867

    gmhicks5867 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NW Indiana about 50 SE of Chicago
    This year's DEMA was incredible for Diveheart? Since 2001 Diveheart has been promoting disabled diving at shows around the country?this year, instead of dive professionals asking what Diveheart was?.they asked how soon could Diveheart come out to help start a disabled dive program at their shop or resort I think weÃ×e reached the tipping point.

    Diveheart launched an initiative at this years Diving Equipment Marking Association trade show in Las Vegas that we hope changes the dive

    Starting Now...Diving Equality Means Accessibility... Diveheart provided accessibility reports to resorts, dive operators & dive professionals at DEMA this year with the hope of creating awareness in the industry of how to accommodate disabled divers?and hence GROW THEIR BUSINESS.

    We've included the accessibility report below for you to share with others in the industry. A full ADA ( Americans with Disabilities Act ) accessibility report can be found on the Diveheart website at www.Diveheart.org <http://www.diveheart.org/>

    It was exciting to see other disabled dive organizations that Diveheart supports and promotes at DEMA this year?groups like SUDS, IAHD, H.S.A.
    SDI's scubility and Eels on Wheels where represented. We hope to see Wounded Warriors and others return to DEMA next year. Because with your help?. together we can continue to do great things.

    Please share the accessibility report below with others?.

    We hope you can join Diveheart in December as we train in Curacao Dec 7-13... http://www.diveheart.org/index.php?...&agid=315&year=2008&month=12&day=07&Itemid=54

    And Michigan Dec 17-21 ?(contact Kim at kimparker@aquaticadventuresofmi.com or jim.elliott@diveheart.org for more information?


    Diveheart has asked Sara Klaas, head of Care Coordination at Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago, to prepare the following accessibility
    report. Please share this report with Dive shops and resorts around
    the world?with your support we can achieve the Diveheart goal of bringing the disabled dive industry up to the level & standard of the disabled ski industry in the next 10-15 years.

    Thank you for your continued friendship and support

    Jim Elliott
    Diveheart & DMW ( Diveheart Military Wounded )
    www.diveheart.org <http://www.diveheart.org/>

    Access for All: Ensuring Dive Hotel Accessibility for those with Mobility Impairments

    More than 54 millions Americans have a disability. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 with the goal of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of life. Many of those with disabilities have physical impairments that impede their mobility. Creating accessible environments allows those with mobility impairments to go beyond physical barriers and become fully integrated into all areas of life. Shriners Hospital for Children, Chicago and the Diveheart Foundation have collaborated to offer youth with physical disabilities the opportunity to ÅÇly without wings and learn the adventurous sport of scuba diving. Adventure travel trips for these youth with disabilities are an invaluable part of their rehabilitation, teaching them to scuba dive while learning many
    important life lessons. In order for these youth as well as others with disabilities to enjoy the sport of scuba, an
    accessible environment is necessary. Creating such an environment does not have to be expensive. The following are some basic guidelines for ensuring accessibility and some resources that can assist in the process of becoming fully accessible. Creating an environment that is universally useable to all, benefits you and your customers with disabilities. Join us as we work together to make the world a more accessible place!



    1. Accessible parking close to entrance
    2. Visible and easily understood signage (post or wall mounted sign
    with symbol of accessibility)
    3. Each accessible space has an adjacent access aisle to allow for
    4. Curb less walkway to main entrance

    Exterior Route & Building Entrance/Lobby:

    1. Walkways are a minimum of 36 inches wide
    2. Ramps at least 36 inches wide and are graded for each 1 inch of
    rise, 1 foot of ramp length
    3. Lobby doors allow at least a 32 inch clear passage width
    4. Door hardware (if not fully automated doors) is usable with one
    5. Registration counters have a lowered portion no more than 36
    inches high

    Interior Routes:

    1. Hallways and corridors are free of any steps or abrupt vertical
    level changes
    2. Doors allow 32 inch clear passage width
    3. Door hardware is usable with one hand (various options including
    lever handles)
    4. There are no protruding objects in interior hallways or other
    pedestrian routes
    5. If more than 2 stories, a full size passenger elevator serves
    each level

    Guestrooms & Bathrooms:

    1. Entry doors, connecting doors, and all interior doors allow 32
    inch clear passage width
    2. Door hardware is usable with one hand (various options including
    lever handles)
    3. The pull side of each door has 18 inches of clear floor space on
    the latch side
    4. The security latch or bolt is mounted no higher than 48 inches
    above the floor
    5. There is a 36 inch wide route between and around beds
    6. Drapery wands, controls for HVAC, lamps are placed within 54
    inches of the floor (side approach)
    7. Toilet is centered 18 inches from adjacent side wall
    8. Toilet has a horizontal grab bar along adjacent side wall at
    least 42 inches long, mounted 33-36 inches from floor
    9. Wash basin is no more than 34 inches high with 29 inch or
    greater clearance under front edge
    10. Hot water pipes are insulated to protect against contact with
    11. Clear floor space in bathroom allows 60 inch diameter circle
    12. Towel rack are placed within 54 inches of the floor (side
    13. Tub/shower faucet controls are positioned for access prior to
    transferring and easily operable
    14. Tub transfer bench is available for guest or roll-in shower
    15. Horizontal grab bars exist at foot of tub (24+ inches long) and
    head of tub (12+ inches long)
    16. There is an adjustable height shower wand with 60 inch long hose

    Braille for visually impaired & closed caption for hearing impaired

    Creating a barrier free environment is an ongoing process. Involving experts, particularly individuals with disabilities, is essential. There are numerous resources available and many local disability organizations are excellent sources for information. Here are a few resources to get you started:

    * ADA Checklist for New Lodging Facilities available at
    www.ada.gov <ADA Home Page - ada.gov - Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act>
    * The Center for Universal Design at www.design.ncsu.edu
    * Disability Etiquette (booklet) at www.unitedspinal.org
    <United Spinal Association United Spinal Association>
    * Accessibility Guides: Disability and Health at
    * For further information about Shriners Hospital for Children,
    Chicago and their collaboration with the Diveheart Foundation contact Sara J. Klaas, Director; Spinal Cord Injury Service at sklaas@shrinenet.org

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