A ride for all – tree tops crazy rider

tree tops crazy riderTree Tops Crazy Rider offers fun for all ages and abilities. The video link shows people having fun. The ride, which is located on the Central Coast, is accessible inasmuch as it can be in a natural environment. The information below the video link provides details on how people with disability can participate. The main website provides the general details including costs and opening times. Go to the location section and choose Central Coast. Scroll down for the information about the accessible ride which is only available at this location. 

The site states, 

TreeTop Adventure Park is suitable for people of some physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities. TreeTop Adventure Park requires participants to be independently mobile without physical assistance.

The TreeTop Adventure Park office can be accessed using our portable ramp suitable for wheelchairs and prams. Please request use of the ramp when placing your booking if needed; or ask one of our friendly on site staff.

TreeTop Crazy Rider is accessible to people who use a wheelchair or have other mobility requirements. Facilities include accessible dirt pathways, timber ramps, parking spaces and toilets.

TreeTop Vertical Challenges are suitable for people of some physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities. TreeTop Vertical Challenges requires participants to be independently mobile without physical assistance. They could be suitable for some people with strong upper body strength and little to no lower body/leg use. Please ask our friendly staff for further information prior to booking. TreeTop Vertical Challenges are accessible to people who use a wheelchair via a dirt road. Direct vehicle access is also available.

Integrating UD into recreation camp activities

Inclusive camp high ropesThere is no legislation within Australia to guide the design of sporting or leisure activities that enable participation by everyone at a level that suits them. Universal Design: Integrating the Principles into Camp Activities outlines the importance of universal design and ways in which environments, activities and programs within residential camps can be used by everyone. It shows how to apply the seven principles of universal design to all aspects of camp activities. Sport and Recreation Victoria and YMCA have made this report available to increase awareness and applicability of universal design in residential camps. The image shows how anyone can enjoy the flying fox on the “Skyrider”.

See also Universal Design: Camps & Consultation

Universal Design, Camps & Consultation

What are the best practice methods for consulting with users to implement universal design?

image shows people putting block of wood together to create a towerThis literature review captured articles about projects that attempted to achieve universal design or user-centred design by consulting with users throughout the design process. The studies were predominantly qualitative case studies, in which a variety of different methods were used. These techniques included the full participation of users in the design process, the use of hidden cameras, observation, focus groups, scaled cardboard models and 3-D virtual environments. Some important considerations for consulting with users are raised in the literature.

Download the Camps and Consultation report here

See also Integrating the principles of universal design into camps

UD and Sport and Recreation Facilities

Evan WilkinsonEvan Wilkinson outlines the process that Sport and Recreation Victoria went through to bring about a better understanding of the principles of universal design and how they can be applied to sporting infrastructure and recreational programs. One of his key arguments is that if universal design principles are considered at the outset, the cost implications are low. However, if left until later in the design and construction process, the cost of ‘adding on’ access features is far more costly. Download the PDF of the PowerPoint Slideshow. (5.5 MB)

Sport and Recreation Victoria have also launched their Design for Everyone Guide. The link takes you to the website that also has a very useful video on universal design shown below.