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The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Program Access

Accommodations and Inclusion

In keeping with the mission of Montgomery Parks, the Program Access staff ensure individuals with disabilities are welcomed to participate in enjoyable leisure-time activities in accessible places and programs.

Program Access also referred to as “Inclusion”, is the means by which individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in Montgomery Parks recreation and leisure activities of their choice. Reasonable modifications are provided to enable an individual’s successful participation in a program.

Program Access is Right for You or Your Child if you:

  • are interested in the subject.
  • are comfortable in various inclusive environments.
  • can meet the registration requirements.
  • can follow the rules of conduct.
  • can remain engaged in scheduled activities for most of the program time.
  • can communicate basic needs.

Program Access is not:

  • being in a separate area or participating in alternate activities for the majority of the program.
  • hiring, selection or guaranteed the assignment of a certain staff member.
  • individualized therapy.
  • an exception to minimum compliance of program rules established for safety.
  • provision and/or purchase of personal custom devices.

Examples of Reasonable Modifications:

*Reasonable modifications will be determined after an assessment has been completed and varies for each individual.

to request A Reasonable Modification:

  1. Register for a selected program through ActiveMontgomery.org.
  2. Request a reasonable modification.
  3. We will connect with you to assess needs and make reasonable modifications.
  4. Enjoy!

Whenever reasonable, patrons should make requests for modifications at least 14 calendar days in advance of the program/event start date. Participants will be required to complete our Modification Intake Form.

For more information on Program Access and modifications contact 301-495-2581 or ProgramAccess@MontgomeryParks.org. Se habla Español.

Program Access inclusion support staff walking next to camper down a natural surface trail.
Program Access inclusion support staff assisting program participant with reeling in a fish caught in Little Seneca Creek and Park Naturalist pulling in the finish line of the fishing pole.
Adaptive Paddling program participant sitting in single kayak with paddle in hand and adaptive equipment of transfer bench and chariot system hooked on to the boat.
Sign language interpreter providing American Sign Language interpretation for speaker during a park ribbon cutting ceremony in front of the new playground.
Park staff standing next to program participant with fishing rod in the water waiting to catch a fish during inclusive fishing program.