ADA Accessibility and Inclusion Policy

The Fort Pierce Outdoor Center is committed to complying fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other applicable federal, state, and local laws. We are also committed to ensuring equal opportunity in employment for qualified persons with disabilities. We make our employment decisions based on the merits of the situation in accordance with defined criteria, not the disability of the individual. Further, the Company is committed to not discriminating against any qualified employee or applicant because the person is related to or 060710-black-paint-splatter-icon-people-things-wheelchair1-sc45associated with a person with a disability.

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park adheres to these laws and regulations, and our grounds and facilities are compliant and accessible.  The State Park has two beach/off-road wheelchairs available on request, and reasonable accommodation is available to customers with a disability when a request for reasonable accommodation is made.

As outdoor enthusiasts, we very much value that many forms of outdoor recreation inherently allow people with disabilities to exercise and spend their leisure time feeling empowered and exhilarated, as we all do. The Fort Pierce Outdoor Center will attempt to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a temporary or long-term disability so that they can enjoy the essential aspects of the experiences we offer, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the operations of the Company. If a customer would like to request reasonable accommodations that could enable them to enjoy one of our programs, we suggest reaching out to us prior to arriving at our facilities, so that staff can assess and assist in doing anything we can to get them into the outdoors. We may be able to make additional accommodations with advance notice, and may be limited in our abilities to accommodate with little or no advance notice. Those guests with special devices, adaptive paddling apparatus, and additional adaptive equipment that physically fits our equipment, are encouraged to please use this equipment and we will assist as best we can. Give us a call at 772-979-4434 to discuss your needs and we look forward to doing everything feasibly possible to get you and your family out on the water!

Below please find links to information related to paddling and recreating in the great outdoors as a person with a disability, including links to workshops and adaptive paddling events you can attend and explore new and innovative ways to create adaptive equipment to suit your needs.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Disabled Sports USA
http://www.disabledsportsusa.org/sport/paddling/

American Canoe Association Adaptive Paddling Information
http://www.americancanoe.org/?page=Courses_Adaptive

Calendar of Adaptive Paddling Classes, Workshops and Events
http://www.americancanoe.org/events/event_list.asp?show=&group=&start=8%2F24%2F2011&end=&view=&cid=3915

(BOOK) Canoeing and Kayaking for People with Disabilities by Janet A. Zeller
https://aca.site-ym.com/store/ViewProduct.aspx?id=714198

United States Canoe Association’s Adaptive Paddling Program
http://www.uscanoe.com/Adaptive_Paddling_W56.cfm