Recreation

wheelchair user in sun

Barcelona, Singapore and Berlin: World’s best cities to travel if you’re disabled

The best accessible destinations for your holidays in 2017, as chosen by disabled travelers ...
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wheelchair user in a horse and carriage farm tour

Accessible activity: my wonderful horse and carriage experience in Devon

So last Sunday my fiancee Kasia and I headed from Cambridgeshire to Devon to complete the accessible activity you had chosen for me. With around five hours of driving, we finally ...
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Braille trail, sensory garden, and marimba bench enliven accessible park project

A newly opened park in Watertown, Massachusetts, wants to make sure everyone, from the elderly to the visually impaired, can experience nature on their own terms ...
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New UWS Playground Dubbed ‘Gold Standard’ of Accessibility for All Kids

The playground's "universal design" concept calls for play equipment and layouts to not just be accessible, but to encourage interaction between children of different mental and physical abilities ...
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accessible gardening

Accessible Gardening : NCHPAD – Building Inclusive Communities

Gardening is a healthy and simple way to enjoy safe and comfortable physical and mental activity.  One can engage in gardening and structure it to leisure-time physical activity or focus ...
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close up of young boy coming down slide

Occupational therapists explore the serious side of play

Children's play isn't, well, child's play. It's a stepping stone to adulthood, says Laura K. Vogtle, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, professor and director of UAB's Postprofessional Master's Program in occupational therapy ...
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extended access mats and a decking platform mid beach and close to the water’s edge to allow individuals an independent way to hang out on the beach

Sabrina Cohen Foundation to open accessible beach in Florida

On July 2, the Sabrina Cohen Foundation will be opening an accessible beach to the public, funded by grants from the Craig H. Nielsen Foundation and the Christopher & Dana ...
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Georgena Moran is the founder of Access Recreation, a group dedicated to giving hikers with disabilities the crucial information they need to get out onto Pacific Northwest trails. (Jamie Hale/The Oregonian)

A new hope for hikers with disabilities – access to information

Portland-based Access Recreation isn't pushing for better access on trails, it's pushing for better access to information on trails. For these hikers, that makes a world of difference ...
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group of people on a canoe

The ‘Canoemobile’ Makes National Parks More Accessible to People With Disabilities

If you’re a person with or without a disability and you’d love to experience the thrill of the open water, the Canoemobile may be for you. In celebration of the ...
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Best Practices of Accessibililty in Parks and Recreation

Best Practices of Accessibililty in Parks and Recreation: A Delphi Survey of National Experts in Accessibility. Voight, Alison; Robb, Gary; Skulski, Jennifer; Getz, Deborah; Scharven, Debbie (2008). Final Report (PDF) ...
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National Center on Accessibility

The National Center on Accessibility promotes access and inclusion for people with disabilities in parks, recreation and tourism. NCA was established through a cooperative agreement between Indiana University and the ...
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Attitude shift needed to encourage outdoor play

OUTDOOR nurseries are giving children better learning outcomes, according to new Care Inspectorate figures. The regulatory body has launched a resource to encourage early years establishments to take learning outdoors ...
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Griffith Park Shane's Inspiration Playground

Shane’s Inspiration playgrounds: a boon to ALL kids

A well-constructed playground is much more than a place for kids to play—it is a place to develop skills and physical fitness as well as an area to socialize and ...
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sabine ellerbrock

It’s time to accept that some athletes use wheelchairs

FREQUENTLY I’m asked why I’m an advocate for inclusion to sports. Mostly it is because I may use a wheelchair. But I do not see myself as disabled. I may ...
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victoria state government

Design for Everyone Guide

Welcome to the Design For Everyone: A Guide To Sport And Recreation Settings. The guide is a resource that uses the principles of Universal Design to provide users with an ...
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Guide opens door to sports accessibility

Sport and Recreation Victoria has launched a new web portal to aid architects, designers and project managers to build better public places. The Design for Everyone Guide was unveiled by ...
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Please Touch Museum and Imagination Playground Partner for World Meeting of Families

Imagination Playground, LLC, http://www.imaginationplayground.com, creators of the breakthrough play space concept that encourages child-directed, unstructured free play, announced today their partnership with the nationally acclaimed Please Touch Museum to bring ...
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older people on the O2, a walkway suspended across the roof of the venue that offers a climbing experience for visitors

Why inclusive design is more than just a box-ticking exercise

Is the built environment industry really putting people at the centre of the design process, or is it just paying lip service to the idea in order to tick a ...
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archers at stoke mandeville

Disability and Sport: The Birth of the Paralympics – from Rehabilitation to World Class Performance

This section tells you about Ludwig Guttman, Stoke Mandeville's first director, who used sport as a central element in his revolutionary rehabilitation system for people paralysed in the Second World ...
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New playground dedicated in Youngstown

After months of snow, ice, and then rain, community members finally got together on Friday at the Wick Park Pavilion to officially dedicate a new playground ...
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person in wheelchair looking out toward Millennium Park

MILLENNIUM PARK SETS ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS, ADA 25 CHICAGO SAYS

Twenty-five years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. The legislation prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities and sets standards that require accessibility in public places ...
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Featured Playgrounds

A Few of Our Favorites ...
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Integrating UD into recreation camp activities

There is no legislation within Australia to guide the design of sporting or leisure activities that enable participation by people with varied abilities. This publication outlines the importance of universal ...
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elderly couple using playground exercise equipment - woman is using elliptical machine

Playgrounds For Seniors Improve Fitness, Reduce Isolation

No more sitting around in the park feeding the squirrels. Playgrounds designed for seniors have caught on in Asia and Europe and are beginning to make their way across the ...
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Why an Inclusive Playground Benefits All Children

When Fruzsina Elo's first child was born he weighed 1 lb., 6 ozs., and it wasn't until he was six weeks old that she was able to hold him in ...
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two toddlers sitting on playground

THE ROLE OF INTEROCEPTION IN PLAY AND RECREATION

This year, my kindergarten age son is learning about the five senses. His excitement for learning is nothing short of contagious as he analyzes daily interactions with the world based ...
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seniors exercising in playground

Senior Playgrounds and Universal Design

New communities need to start planning for the health and well-being of the elderly with suitable spaces that promote social engagement, play and gentle exercise ...
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Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails

Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails

This publication is an updated version of the original “Accessibility Guidebook for Outdoor Recreation and Trails” (2006 edition). The original guidebook was released the same day the U.S. Department of ...
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The design team has creatively used the available color options for surfacing to define the use zones for spinning ground level play components

Designing for Inclusive Play: Applying the Principles of Universal Design to the Playground

The public playground is, by far, one of the most important settings for child development. It is one of the few environments where a child has the freedom to run ...
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Recreation: A younger gentleman walking with an older man in the park
Public Buildings: aerial view of city buildings
Streets: people crossing an intersection
Housing: exterior view of a suburban house
Transportation: close up of dangling handles on a bus