Under the Australian Disability Discrimination Act 1992, known as DDA, public places must be accessible to people with a disability. The DDA is relevant to many aspects of street furniture. This article focuses on two products: Why is DDA important? DDA is part of universal design, which places human diversity at the forefront so places meet the needs of all users, regardless of age, size, disability or ability. It ensures that public spaces can be enjoyed by everyone. Ageing populations worldwide further increase demand for accessible design, to help people navigate and move through cities independently and in comfort. According to the UN’s World Population Prospects: the 2019 Revision, the number of people aged 80 years or over is projected to triple, from 143 million in 2019 to 426 million …
The kid’s playground at Westmead Children’s Hospital is currently undergoing renovations. The aim of the play space is to highlight the different types of play, various equipment and surfacing products types, the incorporation of the natural environment and native plant species. To show our support for this wonderful initiative, Street Furniture Australia donated three Park Seats to the playground. Click here to view the design and for updates on the progress of the renovations.