A new go-to resource for developing inclusive playgrounds has just been published: The Inclusive Play Design Guide. Here are the basic facts about this wonderful new publication: The Design Guide is not a rulebook The most important fact about the Design Guide is that it is truly a guide. As a decision maker or designer [...]
Article written by Mara Kaplan and Ian Proud. Reprinted with Permission from Recreation Magazine
It’s time to rethink ramps.
Since the 1970s, parks and recreation departments have been obligated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to provide outdoor play equipment that is accessible. That means there must [...]
Unlimited Play is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps to plan, design, and build fully accessible playgrounds that allow all children – regardless of their abilities – to play together. A valuable resource in our community, Unlimited Play has the unique expertise in this area, and are available to assist in the development [...]
Below is an excerpt from Technical Guidance relating to Playground Layout & Design produced by Association of Play Industries (API) in cooperation with Kids, and Register of Play Inspectors Internationa. All three of these organizations are located in the United Kingdom.
In this excerpt, dealing specifically about accessible playgrounds are some key thoughts about developing truly [...]
Become a Certified Inclusivity Assessor! Learn about best practices in inclusion and accessibility so that you can assess sites and facilities for physical, administrative, and programmatic inclusion. Help build a state-wide system that provides accurate and descriptive information about recreation places and spaces. Whether you are a person with a disability, family member, recreation provider, [...]
via American Chronicle | Playground Planning: More than Merely Picking Play Equipment – Natural & Artificial Play Elements.
Follow the link to the webinar Mara Kaplan created for KaBOOM . The webinar gives you ideas for building an accessible playground with fewer ramps and more consideration to people who have other disabilities besides those who use a mobility devise.
It is the surfacing the makes or breaks an accessible playground. When designing a playground, you are faced with many options for surfacing, each has their own benefits. However, you only have a few choices if you want a truly usable playground for children of all abilities.
Here are the questions your playground committee needs [...]