Many facilities were constructed prior to the passage of laws and policies that reflect the commitment of the National Park Service to provide access to the widest cross section of the public and to ensure compliance with the Architectural Barriers Act of 1968, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 USC 12207). Commercial services and partnerships working with the National Park Service are required to comply with all applicable accessibility laws.
For a century, the National Park Service has been a leader in connecting people to both our natural and cultural heritage. Visitors today have different needs and expectations, and the agency must adapt to meet these changing demands. There are approximately 60 million people with disabilities in the US today, and the number is expected to rise to 71 million in upcoming years. This information helps the NPS understand changing visitation patterns, the nexus between resource stewardship and accessibility, and the impacts of managing visitors, resources, and infrastructure against the threat of decreased funding. Adequate planning can identify solutions to challenges and provide services with the knowledge and understanding that serves as a trajectory full of opportunity for current and future visitors. The NPS is committed to making facilities, programs, services, and employment opportunities accessible to all people, including those with disabilities.
* indicates the current step in the planning process
Step 1. See attached Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is committed to providing all visitors the opportunity to connect with and learn about the park's unique natural, cultural, and recreational resources. Accessibility improvements identified in the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan will make it easier for individuals with cognitive, hearing, vision, and mobility disabilities to discover, understand, and enjoy the range of experiences available at the park. Implementation of the plan will ensure that Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial will continue to work toward accommodating all park visitors while sustaining its legacy to preserve and protect the demonstration of Abraham Lincoln's boyhood and the life of early pioneers.
The Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan for Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial includes an implementation strategy table (IST) that serves as a living spreadsheet intended to be used as a guiding reference for the park as it implements accessibility upgrades and documents accessibility accomplishments. As barriers to accessibility are removed and/or improved, the changes will be updated in the IST. The park will conduct periodic reviews to evaluate and update conditions to reflect accomplishments and to document new programs or other changes that occur over time. Revisions to the IST may include conducting additional assessments for areas not originally conducted as a part of this plan.
Over time, the results of this collective effort will make Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial a truly welcoming and accommodating place for all visitors and will provide equal opportunity to access the many places, resources, stories, and experiences the park has to offer.
Since 1916, the National Park Service (NPS) has preserved, unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system, while also providing for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of current and future generations.