RVing with Special Physical Needs, part 4 — ‘Mark Douglass of RVing Accessibility Group’

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MarkDouglassWhile more RVers with physical needs are recapturing their mobility and enjoying time on the road, the vast majority of the campgrounds are not handicap-friendly, according to Mark Douglass of the RVing Accessibility Group.

Douglass of Pagosa Springs, Colo., started the nonprofit just two years ago because of the limited number of accessible campgrounds he has visited during his years as a disabled traveler.

Douglass was born with severe mobility impairments and after numerous surgeries, is currently able to walk. He and his wife, Ellie, have camped at more than 600 campgrounds in their 2004 Newmar motor coach.

“Of those hundreds of parks,” said the accessibility specialist, “we would only go back to 57, and of those only two met all of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.”

“I want to educate the RV and campground industries on the most current standards for ADA compliance regarding accommodations for people with disabilities, regardless of age, injury or illness. I am passionate about helping others find places they can visit without sacrificing one’s dignity or independence.”

If you missed part 1 — Click on ‘Factory modifications’
For part 2 — Click on: ‘Full-time RVers Lori and Mike Sanders travel, play’
For part 3 — Click on: ‘Evan and Terri Young, family are avid 4-wheelers’

Photo: Mark Douglass of  the RVing Accessibility Group.

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