Local Initiatives

Durable Medical Equipment Access

It can be a challenge for individuals with a physical disability to obtain durable medical equipment (DME). In order to bridge the gap between DME providers and users, our policy and public affairs department conducted four small focus groups consisting of a diverse group of men and women who use DME as well as parents of individuals with disabilities. Participants discussed 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

We strive to ensure that physical activity for people with a physical disability is not limited to Lakeshore’s four walls. In partnership with the Alabama Trails Commission, we were awarded a grant from the Recreational Trails Program funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation and 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 spread this pilot to other trails and parks across the state.

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Design 4 Disability

Our goal is to eliminate 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 to host 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 a disability met to discuss ways to improve access to health and transportation in their local area.

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