Playground Training

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.

The training includes information on:
  • Importance of Inclusion
  • Surfacing and The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Children’s disabilities (including autism, Down syndrome, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, learning disabilities)
  • Playground layout
  • Playground equipment selection, such as benches and picnic tables
  • Site furnishings
  • Disability language

Inclusive Play Designer

Successful completion of all six online training modules and all six online tests allows you to receive the Inclusive Play Designer certification.

Each self-guided module will take you approximately 45 minutes. Each online test will take an additional 15 minutes. Graduates are sent a certificate verifying their completion of all six of the modules.

Let Kids Play

The training program was developed in cooperation with Let Kids Play, an organization committed to the creation of challenging and fun play environments for children of varying abilities. Since 2010, Let Kids Play, under the leadership of Mara Kaplan, has partnered with Playworld to shape our program to welcome everyone to the playground. Mara is the host of these training modules.

To get started: Click on the "View" link to start the course for Module 1. Upon completion of each module, you will be prompted to take a test for that module. The links for the tests are listed below.  A passing grade is 80%.

If you have any questions about the Inclusive Playground Training or have difficulty with the modules or test links, please email

Module 1: Samuel's Story

  • Available Resources
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • ADA
  • What is inclusion?

Module 2: Laurie & Leah's Story

  • Spina Bifida
  • Ramps vs. Ground Level Play
  • Height
  • Coolest Thing in the Playground

Module 3: DeeDee's Story

  • Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder
  • 10 Intents for Design for Children with Autism
  • Equipment for Children with Autism

Module 4: Josie's Story

  • Down Syndrome
  • Play Richness – Physical Play
  • Multiple Levels of Challenge

Module 5: Andrew & Susan's Stories

  • Learning Disabilities, Speech and Language Impairments, ADHD
  • Play Richness: Sensory and Social Play
  • Disability Language

Module 6: Wrap Up

  • Intellectual Disabilities, Chronic Conditions and Other Disabilities
  • Top 10 Intents
  • Top 10 Design Strategies
  • Inclusive Equipment