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Adapting National Parks for Wheelchair Hiking

In the article, "Adapting national parks for wheelchair hiking", the author discusses how trails through public lands weren’t designed for wheelchairs, but new wheelchairs are designed for those trails and increasing access to American wilderness.

There are custom-built devices: three wheeled or four wheeled, hand powered or motor powered, for all kinds of bodies and mobility needs. Now, users can travel terrain they never could before, and the National Park Service is rethinking how people with disabilities can access the outdoors. The Americans with Disabilities Act says that nothing in the Wilderness Act stops wheelchair use in federal wilderness areas.