Local Initiatives

100 Alabama Miles Challenge

Lakeshore is a proud partner of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge, which encourages all Alabamians to record 100 miles of physical activity this year by visiting Alabama’s parks, nature preserves and rivers. This initiative provides opportunities for all Alabamians to be active and part of a community. Communities with trails and sidewalks are walkable and bikeable places where people can get outside and interact with each other. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 42 percent of Alabama adults with disabilities are inactive. The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge will benefit public health, strengthen our sense of community, enhance our quality of life, and support economic development. 

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Durable Medical Equipment Access

Lakeshore’s policy and public affairs department is working to bridge the gap between durable medical equipment (DME) providers and people who use DME. A diverse group of men and women who use DME as well as parents of individuals with disabilities participated in four small focus groups to discuss their experiences obtaining DME. The information gathered will assist in generating a dialogue between DME users and those who inadvertently create barriers to DME use.

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Universal Trail Access Project

Lakeshore, in partnership with the Alabama Trails Commission, was awarded a grant from the Recreational Trails Program funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation and a grant funded by the Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation to conduct a pilot program at Oak Mountain State Park. The pilot included the purchase of state of the art trail measurement technology, assessment of 32 miles of pedestrian trails, implementation of Trail Access Information signage throughout the park, and training of professionals and user groups on the Universal Trail Assessment Process. Now, Oak Mountain State Park features 40 signs that serve as nutritional labels for the trails, marking grade, elevation changes, width of pathways and surface hardness. People of all ability levels can use these signs to determine the accessibility of the trails and choose which will be best for their hike. Lakeshore is aiming to train more Universal Trail Assessors and spread this pilot to other trails and parks across the state.

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Design 4 Disability

Lakeshore desires to eliminate the barriers to physical activity participation by working locally to support improved accessible public transportation options. In order to help promote these efforts Lakeshore received a grant from the National Center for Mobility Management. With this grant we hosted two Charrettes. The first brought together 15 agencies and three transportation providers to examine the needs of people with a disability. In the second Charrette, stakeholders with disability met to discuss ways to improve access to health and transportation in their local area.

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