The Access Board is an independent Federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities. A key mission of the Board is developing and maintaining accessibility guidelines and standards under several different laws, including the ADA, Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA Accessibility Guidelines, directly governs play and recreation areas. http://www.access-board.gov.
The National Program for Playground Safety was established by the University of Northern Iowa with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention. This group has become the premier non-profit organization dealing with playground safety in the U.S. and provides various educational publications and video. www.playgroundsafety.org
The Consumer Product Safety commission is committed to protecting consumers and families from the risk of serious injury or death from consumer products. Many publications are available on their website, including a Playground Safety Checklist. www.cpsc.gov
The International Playground Manufacturers Association is an organization that promotes quality and safety for all playground manufacturers. The seal provided by the IPEMA certifies that a playground manufacturer conforms to safety standards. www.ipema.org
The American Society for Testing and Materials is a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. The “Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specifications for Playground Equipment for “Public Use” is available on the ASTM website. The purpose of this standard is to reduce life-threatening and debilitating injuries. www.astm.org
The National Recreation & Park Association’s mission is to advance parks, recreation, and environmental conservation efforts that enhance the quality of life for all people. It is the largest professional and citizen organization working toward this goal. Conferences and classes are held regularly to disseminate information. www.nrpa.org
The Texas Recreation and Park Society, state affiliate member of the NRPA, is a non-profit professional and education organization founded over 65 years ago to advance the profession of parks, recreation, and leisure services in Texas. The society serves as a clearinghouse for information and resources to help with a wide range of challenges facing park, recreation, and leisure services professionals. www.traps.org
The American Society of Landscape Architects is a national association representing landscape architects. The profession encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Their website features information and services for the profession and the general public. http://www.asla.org/