Americans with Disabilities Act
This course provides an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it relates to play areas.
Recreational facilities, including play areas, are among the facilities required to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, commonly known as the ADA.
It’s important for children of all abilities to be able to benefit from the physical and social development that playgrounds provide.
How does the ADA apply to play areas?
As a guide, IPEMA has created a checklist to help clarify specific requirements for ADA compliance. This course reviews that checklist and covers other important information on making and keeping play areas ADA accessible.
“As a therapist, I find that the playground is an important place for the opportunity to put into practice the life skills that I teach in sessions, including self-regulation, positive peer relations and social emotional development. The playground design itself is an important aspect in supporting these learning objectives. It’s critical to provide areas of active play for physiological release of anxiety and tension and areas that provide an opportunity for cooperative, imaginative play and, of course, areas for individual activity. Probably the most important aspect of a good playground design is parallel play, meaning ample opportunity for children of all abilities to play in close proximity and interact with minimal obstruction.”
– Yvonne Garcia, LISW/LCSW
Instructions: Please watch the video and then take the assessment (10 multiple-choice questions) to complete the course.You may pause the video or exit and resume watching at any time. You must complete the video before moving on to the assessment. All 10 questions must be answered correctly, but you are able to retake the assessment as many times as needed to pass.