From the Alliance: A Brief History
The Vision of the Past Remains the Mission of Today
On July 26, 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (the ADA) was signed by President George H.W. Bush. Over the next few years, various provisions of the law took effect. In its original form the ADA largely dealt with the "built environment" addressing accessibility requirements for buildings. However, questions soon arose regarding access and the application of accessibility requirements to numerous outdoor sports, recreation, or other activities such as campgrounds, playgrounds and golf courses.
Beginning in 1993, the first of six National Forums on Accessible Golf (NFAGs) was convened by the National Center on Accessibility (Indiana University) and the National Project for Accessible Golf (Clemson University) with the purpose of "bringing together representatives of major golf associations, golfers with disabilities and organizations representing golfers with disabilities for general discussions of the Americans with Disabilities Act on the game."
Leading this effort were Mr. Gary Robb, Founding Director of the National Center on Accessibility at Indiana University and Dr. Larry Allen, Head, Department of Recreation Parks, and Tourism at Clemson University. Also involved were representatives from the U.S. Access Board and leading golf industry associations. Mr. Robb is not only a past President of the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, but he also served as Board Member and Grant Consultant for many years up until early 2023. Read More