Programs: Our scholarly approach
Luckily, our partnerships with scholars and experts in inclusive play can help make this easy. Start with Me2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®, our inclusive planning guidebook created in partnership with Dr. Keith Christensen at Utah State’s Center for Persons With Disabilities, that utilizes the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design to provide accurate considerations for an inclusive play space.
This best practice design guidebook contains supportive research, community engagement strategies, advocacy resources, and model inclusive play case examples for upgrading or designing outdoor inclusive play environments. Whole communities start with inclusively designed whole environments which carefully meet the needs of the whole child. Children want to ‘Be’ and feel fair, included, smart, independent, safe, active, and comfortable during play. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design focus on the usage of individual play activities as well as the context of the overall environmental design. By aligning these design principles and the specific guidelines and considerations, communities can create whole environments that support the active participation of all people, of all ages, and all abilities.
Check out 2 Play Together®, an activity book created in partnership with Lekotek, filled with playground activities and programming tips designed to create awareness, break down barriers, and foster friendships between children of all abilities. The book contains supportive research and disability awareness tools and fun playground activities aligned to character education.