Twenty-nine years ago this month, President George Bush signed into law the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), thus changing playgrounds forever.
As we discussed in a previous blog, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires playgrounds to be accessible. However, accessible playground designs can be limiting; they make provisions for those with physical disabilities to get into the playground, but they don’t focus on other facets of development, impairment, and inclusion with others.
By contrast, an inclusive playground addresses the needs of everyone, ensuring all playground visitors find suitable, fun challenges. Inclusive playgrounds encourage interaction between all visitors, thus creating a sense of community and understanding.
This month, let’s celebrate our accomplishments with the ADA and inclusion. You can join the nationwide celebration by signing a pledge to recommit to the ADA. Sign here: https://www.adaanniversary.org/pledge
To learn how to go beyond ADA requirements and design a truly inclusive playground, visit our Inclusive Play website, where you’ll find our newly updated Inclusive Play Design Guide, as well as many other resources. https://playworld.com/inclusive-play