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Lambrecht, Keith W.

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M.S. Ed. (Master of Education)

Legacy Department

Department of Physical Education


United States. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Recreation centers--United States--Design and construction; College buildings--United States--Design and construction; Architecture and the physically handicapped--United States


The purpose of this study was to identify how the deterrents time, money, administrative support, product availability, space, and current usage levels are perceived and if those perceptions will deter future alterations and construction of campus recreational facilities if fourteen additional guidelines for the Americans with Disabilities Act are enacted. A questionnaire regarding the fourteen proposed guidelines that were applicable to campus recreation facilities was mailed to 516 institutions, all members of the National Intramural Recreational Association. The return rate was 36%. Data from 140 responses were compiled and analyzed. Money was the greatest deterrent, while still being perceived as a mild one. Space and current usage levels by people with disabilities were also mild deterrents overall. There was a wide variance in responses, meaning that these deterrents might have a more severe effect on some institutions than on others. Current compliance is varied, and only a small percentage of institutions were compliant for each guideline. The aforementioned deterrents should not hinder construction of recreational facilities. Money could place a burden on the smaller schools to comply with the proposed guidelines. The implementation schedules and effective dates should be staggered in order to ensure the greatest level of compliance within the specified grace periods.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [35]-37)


vi, 59 pages




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