ERIC Number: ED196226
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Playground Safety for the Handicapped.
The paper presents information pertaining to both equipment and human factors associated with playground safety for the handicapped. Research is reviewed on injuries related to public playground equipment, the equipment/user interface, and accommodation of equipment for all children. Noted among findings are that 72% of all reported injuries were associated with falls, that the ability of children to use playground equipment safely depends on their capacity to make accurate perceptual discriminations, and that handicapped children select play activities similar to those of nonhandicapped children when provided accessible and safe play equipment. Causal factors for injury and potential remedial strategies are listed for climbing apparatus, slides, and swings. It is concluded that many accidents can be prevented by safety standards governing mechanical hazards, and through design criteria, modification of user behavior, and adaptations for appropriate sensorimotor, perceptual motor, psychomotor, and cognitive abilities. (SBH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Omaha.