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Now, People With Disabilities Can Visit National Parks For Free

There are no more reasons for a person with a disability to visit national parks, hike, or camp, and experience everything that the landscape has to offer. We have learned from LifeHacker.com that people with disabilities can be entitled to a free, lifetime entry pass to visit National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands.

Many of these places usually cover entrance fees, which include national forests and grasslands. Some of these are discounted or free for certain individuals. These include seniors, the youth, members of the military and their families, volunteers, and recently free lifetime access for individuals with permanent disabilities.

Covered parks and sites

This free lifetime access covers over 2,000 Federal recreation sites in the country. These include:

  • National parks
  • National wildlife refuges
  • National forests
  • Other federal recreational lands

The pass also provides the same privileges to everyone in the vehicle with the pass holder, Lifehacker.com continues. This means that if a person in your family is entitled to the free access, everyone in the family visiting the area with the pass holder can also be covered.

How to get a Free Lifetime Pass

  1. To be able to get the free lifetime access, you should first be able to secure some documents. Accepted documents include:
  • A statement that your physician has signed, attesting that you have a permanent disability — a physical, mental, or sensory condition that limits you from one or more major life activities. It should also be able to state the nature of the impairment.
  • Another alternative is a document that a Federal agency — the U.S. Department of Veterans Administration, for instance — has issued, which “attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive Federal benefits as a result of blindness or permanent disability.”
  • Proof of receipt of Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income
  • A document issued by a State agency, for instance, a vocational rehabilitation agency, “which attests that you have been medically determined to be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation agency benefits or services as a result of medically determined blindness or permanent disability.” (State motor vehicle department disability stickers, license plates or hang tags will not be accepted.)
  1. Then, fill out the application and mail it with a $10 processing fee. You may also visit a Federal recreation site in person with your proof of disability and residency, for no fees and you can also skip filling out the form.
  2. You can also purchase these free access passes online through https://store.usgs.gov/access-pass.
  3. Once processed and approved, you’ll get a physical card which will then be used for admission.
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