Faculty Publications

Title

I am hoping you can point me in the right direction regarding playground accessibility”: A case study of a community which lacked social policy toward playground accessibility

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Accessibility, Americans with Disabilities Act, Ecological approach, Inclusive design, Playground, Social policy

Journal/Book/Conference Title

World Leisure Journal

Volume

54

Issue

3

First Page

269

Last Page

279

Abstract

Social policy is a step to improving living conditions, enhancing society or preventing social injustices. The playground is a safe place for children and families to develop relationships, experience happiness and enjoy community. While there have been a few case studies examining playground accessibility, a more comprehensive assessment and evaluation of playground accessibility across the leisure profession has not yet been completed. The purpose of this paper is to present a descriptive case study regarding playground accessibility through assessment of accessible design features of playgrounds in two neighbouring communities in the United States. The collective findings of this study raise several issues and ask the question: “Are community park and recreation leaders aware of the lack of inclusive and accessible playground spaces?” Findings from this study can be used to develop social policies that facilitate enable inclusive playgrounds. © 2012 World Leisure Organization.

Original Publication Date

1-1-2012

DOI of published version

10.1080/04419057.2012.702456

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