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Accessible Play Spaces CAN/CSA-Z614 Annex H

Since May 2007 the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) has included an accessibility guideline as part of Children’s Playspaces and Equipment Standard (CAN/CSA-Z614). This guideline is called Annex H: Children’s Playspaces and Equipment that are Accessible to Persons with Disabilities (Annex H).

Annex H establishes minimum accessibility requirements for newly constructed playspaces as well as renovations and retrofits. It provides specifications for elements within a play area to create a general level of usability for children with disabilities. Emphasis is placed on ensuring that children with disabilities are generally able to access the diversity of components provided in a play area.

Annex H represents a landmark advancement in accessibility for disabled children and their caregivers in Canada who visit a playspace. To support awareness and adoption of Annex H, an interagency coalition has prepared a series of resource documents. Members of the coalition include the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability (ALA), Canadian Playground Safety Institute (CPSI), and the International Play Association Canada (IPA Canada).

Annex H can be purchased as part of CAN/CSA-Z614 Children’s Playspaces and Equipment Standard at shop.csa.ca or by calling 1-800-463-6727.

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