Guide lists how to improve play areas

Play areas can be made more accessible for disabled children through relatively simple changes, according to a good practice guide launched by the government last week.

The guide draws on case studies from across England to show how play spaces can be improved for disabled children.

Practical examples of the common problems faced by disabled users of play areas are outlined in the guide, along with details of how these can be overcome with relative ease and minimal cost. It demonstrates how simply mending uneven surfaces, widening narrow gates and repositioning equipment can improve access for disabled children.

The guide explains that the best way to plan play space is to find out what both disabled and non-disabled children want. It stresses the importance of the social experience of play for disabled children.

Developing Accessible Play Space is available, free, from ODPM Publications (tel) 0870 122 6236.

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