Accessible Play Areas

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Requirements for play areas in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines apply to all newly designed or constructed for children ages 2 and older. The guidelines apply to play areas provided at day care facilities, parks, shopping malls, fast food restaurants, and other facilities. Specific criteria address accessible play components, ground and elevated accessible routes, transfer systems, and soft contained play. In addition to an overview of the play area guidelines, this session will also address some of the more frequently asked questions such as accessible surfaces, the connection with playground safety standards, and when ramp access is required on a play structure.