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Excerpt from Inclusive Play Design Guide
This Inclusive Play Design Guide (Design Guide) has been developed by a group of
playground and child development experts as an inspirational resource to guide the
creation of great outdoor play environments for everyone.
- Typically developing children
- Children with neurological disabilities such as autism
- Children who have intellectual disabilities such as Down syndrome, fetal alcohol
- Children who require wheelchairs or other medical equipment
- Children with physical disabilities
- Children with social and/or emotional difficulties
- Family, siblings, parents, grand-parents etc.
- The community: friends, caregivers, teachers, etc.
- Adults with disabilities
This design guide is essential for the future of playground design when considering the
high number of people affected by disability in the United States. According to the
United States Census, 12% of the population has a severe disability that affects at least
one function of daily living. But this group of people does not live in a vacuum; they
have parents, siblings and grandparents who are involved in their daily lives. So in
actuality, more than 36% of the population is touched by severe disability – 1 in 3
people. Disability challenges how affected individuals and their families go to school, go
to work, and even spend the day at a park.
The authors of this document, the Inclusive Play Design Guide Work Group, hope that
this guide will inspire others to build environments that allow better access to play,
which will in turn enrich our society.
To read more, download your free copy today
Let Kids Play was instrumental in the writing and
editing of the Inclusive Play Design Guide. The
purpose of the Guide is to offer inspiration and
guidance to support the design of an inclusive,
universally designed outdoor playground.
The Guide's chapters include planning, layout,
access, selecting equipment, play richness and
support features. There is also a resource page, a
glossary and more information about surfacing.
Inclusive Play Design Guide