ADA compliance is essential for playgrounds. That’s why Little Tikes Commercial has a variety of ADA-compliant playground equipment to choose from.
What Does ADA Compliance Mean?
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice updated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with new standards for making facilities handicap-accessible. ADA-compliant playgrounds are those that adhere to these updates.
ADA Playground Components
The updated ADA guidelines require that these structures be made with disabled children in mind, and all playground components — meaning interactive playground features that a child can play with — must comply with the guidelines. Components include slides, swings, activity panels, and more.
The accessible components must be built into the playground and not separated, as the goal of an ADA-compliant playground is to create an environment in which children of all abilities can socialize and play without feeling excluded.
The ADA also makes a distinction between ground and elevated components. Because ground-level components are generally easier for children with physical disabilities to reach and use, approximately 25% of playground components must be ground components for the space to be ADA-compliant.
Why Comply With ADA Standards?
Making sure your playground equipment is ADA-compliant means that children of all abilities will be able to use and enjoy it. An accessible and inclusive playground is one of the best features you can offer your community to foster compassion, understanding, and friendship. A playground is a public space meant to bring people together regardless of their abilities. The fun, active spirit of a playground environment is important for all children, whatever their physical capabilities may be.
Failure to comply with ADA standards can also result in fines or legal action, so you won’t save on costs by neglecting these important playground requirements.
ADA-Compliant Equipment Available From Little Tikes Commercial
At Little Tikes Commercial, we’re committed to ADA compliance and have a large selection of ADA-compliant playground equipment to choose from, including the following.
From tunnel to double-wide slides, we have a variety of ADA-compliant slide options to choose from, including stainless steel, triangle, toddler, and more. We know that playing on slides can help build children’s confidence, enhance their sensory development, boost their social skills, and encourage them to be active, and we produce each slide with these factors in mind. Our design team can also work with you to create the exact slide you want for your playground area.
From S-shaped crawl tunnels to incline crawl tunnels to animal crawl tunnels and more, Little Tikes Commercial has a variety of tunnels with ADA values. They’re designed to stimulate thought processes, developing social skills and an understanding of cause and effect. Many can be placed close to or on the ground to serve as an ADA ground component.
Swings are a classic, beloved playground component. At Little Tikes Commercial, we have many types of swing options. From classic belt swings to team swings to tot seats and more, we have something for everyone. We also offer mirage seats, which are the most inclusive swings in our line that children of all abilities can use. Swings are important components to help kids develop socially, emotionally, and physically, and we take pride in the swing variety we have available.
We have a large selection of activity panels for all kinds of mental and dexterity-related activities. Some of our activity panel themes include the solar system, the weather cycle, butterflies, an abacus, the alphabet, animals, and tools. They’re perfect for mental stimulation as well as dexterity because of their interactive properties, and they’re ADA-compliant.
Contact Little Tikes Commercial Today
For ADA-compliant playground equipment, Little Tikes Commercial has the wide variety of options you need. We’re dedicated to creating equipment that all children can benefit from and enjoy, regardless of physical abilities. As a leader in commercial playgrounds, we can assure you that you’ll find our equipment in schools, parks, daycares, and other community spaces across the country. When you work with us, you can count on having a dedicated team that will produce an enriching playground environment to meet your needs.