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ACA Adaptive Paddlesport Manual

Facility Guidelines:

  • Accessible Boating Facilities (PDF / website)
  • WaterTrail Design Development (website)
  • ADA Standards for Accessible Design (website)
  • USFS Accessibility Guidebook (website)
  • USFS Accessibility Guidebook for Outfitters & Guides (PDF)
  • Architectural Barriers Act: Accessibility Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas (PDF/ website)
  • Prepare to Launch - Guidelines for Assessing, Designing & Building Access Sites for Carry-In Watercraft (website)


Presentations & Articles

  • Universal Design of Launches/Landings for Carry-down Craft (PDF)
  • Paddling and People with Disabilities (PDF)
  • The ADA and Outdoor Programs (PDF)
  • Developing Essential Eligibility Criteria (PDF)

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ACA Mission

Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling, stewardship support to help protect paddling environments, and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration, and recreation.

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503 Sophia St. Suite 100
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Phone: 540-907-4460
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