Inclusive Play

More people are impacted than you might think.

12%* of the U.S. population has a severe disability that affects at least one function of daily living. This group of people does not live in a vacuum; they have children, parents, siblings and grandparents who are involved in their daily lives. Therefore 36% of the population, or 1 in 3 people, is touched by severe disability.

*Kaiser Family Foundation 2012.

It’s not just about people with’s about everyone enjoying and sharing in the holistic benefits of play: physical, sensory, and social. It's about the family of a child with a disability, the typically developing child, and the parent or grandparent with a disability taking a child to the playground. Inclusion is more than access—it’s about being a part of something. It’s about making a difference in the lives of others. Because it’s the right thing to do.

“Do unto others…” is an important principle to live by, but it doesn’t help a playground designer or buyer take specific steps toward an inclusive playground. Our goal was to develop step-by-step techniques that a decision maker can use to move the needle on inclusive play for any playground.

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​Inclusion isn’t about access.

It’s about making a difference in the lives of others.​

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

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Access is Not Engagement

Allowing someone inside your home is a good step toward making them feel welcome, but how welcome will they feel if they are given something to do in a different room than everyone else? A successful inclusive playground will drive engagement between children of different abilities. Access gets someone in. Inclusion drives engagement and welcoming. Our guidelines create proximity between children of different abilities. Proximity leads to understanding. Understanding leads to empathy. That’s our goal on the playground: Empathy.

Inclusive Playground Training Certification

This inclusive playground training program is unique in the world of outdoor recreation. It is a research-based, in-depth program that offers a real-world grounding in principles based in child development and inclusive best practices. Training includes six self-guided modules and final certification test.

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Inclusive Play: Designing Outdoor Environments for Everyone

This presentation provides an overview of inclusive playground designs, the planning process and a child-centered focus that informs equipment selection.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).