INCLUSIVE PLAY ALLOWS CHILDREN OF ALL ABILITIES TO GROW TOGETHER
BECAUSE ALL KIDS LOVE TO PLAY!
We, along with Landscape Structures and their partners, believe all kids are created equal. That's why we offer play environments using inclusive playground equipment that welcome kids and families of all abilities to learn, play and grow together, side by side.
All children means everyone. The need for play does not distinguish between children who are typically developing and children with disabilities. Everyone of all abilities needs play. And everyone means not only children with a physical disability requiring an accessible playground, but it also includes developmental disabilities like autism; children with sight or hearing impairment and children with intellectual disabilities such as down syndrome. Everyone also includes siblings, parents, grandparents, friends and other caregivers.
Landscape Structures has been a leader in creating play environments that allow all children and their families to play together, regardless of their abilities. But accessibility is not enough. Simply getting a child with limited mobility onto the playground doesn’t necessarily enhance their play experience. Nor does it take into consideration children with sensory deficits and other developmental issues.
Landscape Structure's inclusive playground designs promote a higher level of Inclusive Play by addressing accessibility, age and developmental appropriateness and sensory-stimulating activity.
Inclusive Playground Design
A well-designed, inclusive playground enables children of all abilities to develop physically, cognitively, socially and emotionally. An inclusive playground also provides just the right level of challenge to meet kids where they are, addresses all levels of ability, and creates play experiences for a variety of needs and interests. An inclusive playground goes beyond wheelchair accessibility and ensures children and adults of all abilities have play options and can choose how they want to engage each activity.
Our team of designers follow the Seven Principles of Universal Design to create a playground that best fits the needs of those in your community:
- Equitable Use
- Flexibility in Use
- Simple and Intuitive Use
- Perceptible Information
- Tolerance for Error
- Low Physical Effort
- Size and Space for Approach and Use
Universal Design is a framework for the design of environments, products, buildings, ideas and more with the express goal that they be usable by the widest range of abilities. This framework influences our Inclusive Play Design Philosophy to ultimately increase access, safety, comfort and social participation within our play environments.
"Having a daughter with special needs, I have tears of joy each time I see one of Landscape Structures’ playgrounds. I appreciate your dedication to exploring the needs of children of all abilities to improve and strengthen children’s play."
Visit our Inclusive PlaygroundsSee how we're making playgrounds inclusive to children and families of all abilities. Browse our Featured Inclusive Playgrounds: