Landscape architects will appreciate this thoughtful book chapter by Shweta Nanekar about child friendly environments. Part way through the chapter universal design is introduced, “However, when designing outdoor environments for children, including childcare centers, schools or public parks, it is essential to think above and beyond accessibility standards. Populations with physical disabilities are proportionately less than those with sensory disabilities which include Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other social and cognitive disabilities. On a broader scale, multigenerational and cultural inclusion should also be a consideration, especially in public spaces. It is a challenge for the designers of children’s spaces to make the adaptable for each user”. Download the chapter (page 190) from Researchgate.
Creating Alternative Formats. The design of brochures for National Park Service in the USA has evolved into reliance on graphic images of pictures and maps as a means of stimulating interest in visiting. However, this style of brochure does not lend itself well to audio description and other formats. This article traces the detailed research into formulating appropriate designs for alternative formats. Adopting a components-based approach, the intention was to provide clear pathways for cross-modal translation of the printed material into audio-described media, which then, can be efficiently distributed via mobile apps, as an extension of these original components. There is also a link to the Unigrid system that is applied to all NPS brochures.
This excellent video shows how the application of universal design principles throughout the design of the camp facilities and camp activities, including staff attitudes, can bring about the inclusiveness that is the aim of universal design. The camp is run by YMCA on behalf of Sport and Recreation Victoria.
An accessible and inclusive sports club sometimes requires a few physical adjustments to buildings, but more than anything it needs some forward planning and continuing commitment.
You can download the English Federation of Sport guide from the Centre for Accessible Environments website – free publications section.