Playgrounds for children with disabilities are important because all kids should be able to play with each other. There are a lot of things that can be done to accomplish this task by adding components such as surfacing, ramps, sensory panels and ADA equipment, which allows access for all ages and abilities. We work with customers to incorporate these pieces in the design phase. For example, a transfer station where a child can go down a slide, then access their wheelchair at the bottom. See below for a list of things to think about when planning your ADA structure.
We understand that all customers have different needs. We carry playground equipment that creates vestibular stimulation plus accessible surfacing and pieces to enhance sensory stimulation. Our creative Project Managers can assist you in creating areas for both high traffic and quiet where children can rest and relax. All children should be able to play with each other while developing emotionally, physically and mentally.
Ramps are designated at a 1:12 slope with angled transition decks attaching to each ramp. Therefore, if you want a ramp to be 1’ off the ground, you would need 12’ of ramp leading to the deck. Guidelines state that if a playground has 20 elevated play events that are not accessible by ground you will need a ramped structure.
Ramped, accessible playgrounds can be expensive but these structures are an investment in your school or community that can last 20 years and provide enjoyment to those of all abilities! All of our playgrounds can be designated ADA accessible but ramping the structure and making the structure ADA compliant are two different things.
Feel free to contact us for more information regarding plans for Ramped Structures.
There is a law that dictates these regulations and it comes from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The home page for the ADA is www.ada.gov. Here are a couple of terms that are often used for accessible playgrounds and for playgrounds for all abilities:
- Accessible Playground: Refers to the degree of access to the playground a person has.
- Inclusive Playground: Refers to including everyone in the play environment and making all children feel like they belong.
- Universal Designed Playgrounds: Refers to a playground that is built for children with all abilities. Environments of play and equipment are taken into consideration for all children.
- ADA Compliant Playground: Refers to a playground that complies with the ADA laws.