Training Program for Universal Trail Assessment Process Master Trainers

Period of Performance: 01/01/1999 - 12/31/1999


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Beneficial Designs, Inc.
Minden, NV 89423
Principal Investigator


Not Available Providing objective information about trail conditions, such as grade and width, will increase access and safety for all users, including people with disabilities. Through a collaborative process, the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP) was developed to provide access information to trail users. Trail managers use the process to determine compliance with accessibility design guidelines. UTAP trainings are limited, particularly in rural areas, by the small number of UTAP Trainers. This research project will develop a training program to create a large, geographically diverse pool of UTAP Trainers. An increase in UTAP Trainers will ensure that more land management agencies, like the USDA Forest Service, will have the opportunity to use the UTAP. Phase I began the process of developing training materials through the establishment of a Project Advisory Board, drafting materials for Train-the-Trainer workshops, identifying training candidates, and developing a preliminary national implementation strategy. Phase II will refine the training materials and evaluate their effectiveness, and finalize the national implementation plan. Widespread availability of the UTAP will enhance access for all Americans, including people with disabilities, parents with young children, older adults, and inexperienced hikers, by enabling individuals to make informed decisions about trails appropriate for their interests and abilities.