At botton + gardiner we believe the accessibility of public spaces is linked to the wellbeing and vitality of the local communities and people with a disability have the right to access and enjoy public places and amenities. botton + gardiner strives to encourage a broad demographic diversity through good universal design of our park furniture. This collection features a range of street furniture focused on accessibility, not only intended for wheelchair users, but also to more broadly consider the physical limitations or special needs of the elderly, expecting parents with strollers, vision impaired members of the community, and the diversity of users within public spaces.
WHAT IS DDA?
Commonly used as a shorthand, DDA is the abbreviation for the Disability Discrimination Act. Legislation which makes it illegal for public spaces to be inaccessible to people with a disability. Public sites and buildings are required to follow the DDA and Building Code of Australia (BCA) which sets out accessibility requirements through the Australian Standards (AS). DDA compliance of a site or building is certified by specialist third party accessibility consultants. Adherence is not based on or limited to a single piece of furniture but rather the site’s accessibility as a whole and includes a broad range of considerations like handrails, corridor widths, ramps, etc.
Whilst adherence to the code is not compulsory for public space furniture, furniture which follows the dimensional requirements laid out in AS1428.2 will aid in the overall site achieving DDA compliance and will be beneficial to a range of users.
Accessible park tables which meet AS1428.2 allow for a wheelchair zone so a user can comfortable tuck into a table without obstruction
Accessible seating which meets AS1428.2 has the correct backrest angle and height, armrest height, softened front edge, seat height and depth to allow comfortable entry and exit for mobility limited people.
Accessible seating has a frame or end that allows early detection by vision impaired people using an aid