KOMPAN Play Institute
At KOMPAN, we believe that every child should have the right
to leisure and play – regardless of their physical and intellectual abilities.
This belief is in line with the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child,
the most widely supported UN convention ever.
Over the last few years, most nations have signed the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which recommends that public spaces be designed in accordance with “universal design” principles.
WHAT WE DO TO INCLUDE EVERYONE IN PLAY
The belief in inclusive play runs deep at KOMPAN. “Play Together” – or the idea that everyone should be included in play, is a foundational pillar in our philosophy of play.
We design our products to be used universally and to accommodate activities that are relevant for all children. You will find universal design everywhere in our playgrounds, not least in the many openings and details that encourage play exchanges between children inside and outside the play elements.
THREE LEVELS OF INCLUSIVE PLAY
At KOMPAN, we divide playground activities into three categories:
• Ground level activities
• Elevated level activities
• Multi-level activities
The activities are based on the Americans with Disabilities Act’s Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas (ADAAG), which state that if there are an equal number of elevated and ground level activities, the playground can be defined as “universal design” and “play for all”. In addition to this, we also provide multi-level activities that can be entered and used from both ground and elevated levels, enabling more open and diverse opportunities for play
KOMPAN UNIVERSAL PLAY EQUIPMENT DESIGN PRINCIPLES
KOMPAN product innovation is guided by the following five principles for universal, inclusive design.
1. Universal and accessible
2. Multifunctional (when possible)
3. 360 degree design (play from all sides)
4. Equipped with diverse play opportunities
5. Clear in color and design signals