Inclusive Play

Inclusive Playground Equipment

At Playworld, we believe truly great outdoor play environments are for everyone. We design our inclusive playgrounds with guidance from child development experts who understand that kids with disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum need just as much playtime as those who develop typically — or those who develop typically but have a caregiver with a disability. Explore our inclusive playground designs, and find out how our structures can be an educational resource for your community.

The Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a group of playground and child development experts as an inspirational and educational resource to help create great outdoor play environments for everyone.

Everyone means typically-developing children, children on the autism spectrum, children who have a cognitive disability, and those who use a wheelchair.

Everyone means all the people in the family, not just the children. The issue is much larger. The design of playgrounds and surrounding environments in almost every community prevents parents and grandparents with disabilities, including injured veterans, from taking typically developing children there.

The Inclusive Play Design Guide offers a set of strategies and solutions to the challenges that face communities in their journey to inclusive play.

Download the Inclusive Play Design Guide.
Download the Inclusive Play Design Guide

Meet the Inclusive Play Work Group members:
Mara Kaplan
JC Boushh
Cindy Burkhour
Jim Dziatkowicz, RLA, ASLA
Carrie Fannin
Blake Hobson
Christopher Joseph

The Inclusive Playground Strategy

We design and build our inclusive playgrounds with “play richness,” a philosophy that allows children of all abilities to learn through a diverse array of experiences. We believe our play environments help kids grow physically, socially and emotionally through tactile, spin and cooperative play. With Playworld, your community’s children will activate multiple parts of the brain as they develop spatial awareness and pre-reading concepts. They’ll practice balance and muscle control while relieving anxiety and building muscle tone.

The Keys to Inclusion

Playworld utilizes 8 Keys to Inclusion that make our inclusive playground designs accessible for people of all ages and abilities. All of our play environments provide multiple challenges that stimulate sensory, social and physical well being. Each features an elevated play area — something children enjoy, because of the sense of accomplishment climbing high provides. We group activities so the children can engage with each other easily and as desired, while making travel routes around and within our play environments wide and easily-passed. Protective surfaces are absorbent, strong and easily navigable via wheelchair; we group activities into pods, rooms and zones that allow for calmness as well as stimulation. Finally, the design itself always features a “coolest thing” that everyone will want to access — and we make it accessible to everyone.

Building Playgrounds, Building Communities for All

At Playworld, we are passionate about building play environments for people of every age and ability that stand the test of time. Our thoughtful designs make building communities easier. And because we are committed to protecting the Earth, we create our playgrounds using environmentally-sustainable materials right here in the United States.

Contact Playworld, download our design guide and find out why we are the premier choice in inclusive play systems today.