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Inclusive Play Design Guide

Our Inclusive Play Design Guide has established universal design principals that are implemented by professionals all over the world. Our Inclusive Play Design Guide has been developed by a team of cross-cultural experts and has been through national and international peer review. It's a step-by-step guide that will educate you about how to incorporate inclusive play principles into an existing or new playground including design tips. It's widely used by professional playground designers, landscape architects and advocates as an integral part of playground planning.

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Inclusive Play Design Guide Work Group

Our group of committed playground and child development experts, and parents are focused on the development and creation of universal outdoor play environments for everyone.

Mara Kaplan (Pennsylvania)

An educator, a seasoned advocate for inclusive play and a parent of a child with a disability. She has over 17 years’ experience reviewing toys and designing playgrounds. Mara Kaplan is an educator, an advocate for inclusive play and a parent of a child with a disability. Her firm, Let Kids Play!, designs accessible playgrounds, reviews and recommends toys for children with disabilities, and conducts universal design assessments. Mara has an elementary education degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and an MBA, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from Boston University.

Meet our Team of Experts in the Inclusive Play Design Guide

Communities are experiencing the benefits of inclusion:

"A good inclusive playground is one where you look around and can't tell that is is accessible. It is just a fun playground, where everyone can play. No one talks about coming to the "special" playground. They talk about coming to amazing community playground."
     - Laurie

"My son, who uses a wheelchair, actually has things to play on and the other children can play too, so they can play together. Thing playground enables us to bring both kids to the same place instead of having to do it in shifts. "
     - Richard K. Pennsylvania

"When I first started raising money, someone asked: "Why should I fund something for 10 percent of the community?" In reality, everyone else is connected to that 10 percent. When we make things better for the 10 percent, we make things better for everyone. By giving supports at either end of a beam, you're supporting everyone in the middle. Together, we're better."
     - Amy A, Illinois

"My daughter can come here and make friends, which is really, really important. She is not isolated and left out on her own while the rest of the kids play."
    - Millstone Creek Playground Parent

We certify our distributors.

Six online modules and a final exam. That’s what our distributors go through to be certified as an Inclusive Play Specialist. They can be a resource for you.