Creating Accessible Play Areas - State of the Science

Tuesday, May 16, 2006


Significant progress has been made over the past 5-10 years related to designing and manufacturing playground equipment that can be utilized by "ALL" children. Incorporating accessibility into a playground can be confusing and the absence of an enforceable standard contributes to this dilemma for schools, park districts and day care providers. Key issues include surfaces and creating accessible play components when designing both large and small systems. Many manufacturers state that their systems are "accessible" but determining whether or not they actually meet the spirit of the law as well as the guidelines issued by the U.S. Access Board can be a challenge. This session will explore the state of the science as it is currently being practiced by recreation professionals and manufacturers.


Jennifer Skulski Principal, Skulski Consulting LLC