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I am hoping you can point me in the right direction regarding playground accessibility”: A case study of a community that lacked social policy toward playground accessibility
World Leisure Journal (2012)
  • Rodney B. Dieser, University of Northern Iowa
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.
Keywords
  • accessibility,
  • Americans with Disabilities Act,
  • ecological approach,
  • inclusive design,
  • playground,
  • social policy
Disciplines
Publication Date
September 10, 2012
DOI
10.1080/04419057.2012.702456
Citation Information
Rodney B. Dieser. "I am hoping you can point me in the right direction regarding playground accessibility”: A case study of a community that lacked social policy toward playground accessibility" World Leisure Journal Vol. 54 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 269 - 279 ISSN: 2333-4509
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/rodney-dieser/10/