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Create Inclusive Play with the Me2 Program

  • Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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Does your playground meet the 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design?

“Beyond disability, there are abilities; beyond accessibility, there is inclusion.” - Keith Christensen, Faculty Fellow at the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Studies show that youth with physical disabilities have a 4.5 times higher rate of physical inactivity compared to their peers. This statistic, combined with the U.S. Department of Education’s findings that 85 out of 1,000 children between the ages of 3 and 21 are living with one of the following disabilities: Physical, sensory, multiple disabilities, chronic health impairment, social/emotional, communication, cognitive; goes to show the importance of providing inclusive play.

PlayCore, whose mission is to advance play through research, programs and partnerships, is offering help to communities looking to build the inclusive play spaces through the Me2 program: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design. Jointly created by PlayCore and the Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities, the Me2 guidebook is the industry standard for inclusive play that allows children of all abilities the opportunity to play together.

Developed to raise awareness, provide education and offer suggestions regarding planning, creating or revitalizing outdoor play environments, the Me2 program outlines how playgrounds can provide opportunities for physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional and sensory development by ensuring they meet the following principles:

7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design: 

1. Be Fair – The play equipment provides social justice by being equitable and usable by people of all abilities.

2. Be Included – The play environment supports the participation of individuals with diverse abilities in social & physical activities for inclusive play.

3. Be Smart – The play environment is easy to understand, allowing individuals to be successful and gain confidence through play.

4. Be Independent – The play environment allows children to effectively explore and participate in play at their own level.

5. Be Safe - The play environment address current safety standards while providing developmental opportunities needed for exploration and challenge.

6. Be Active – The play environment supports various degrees of physical and social participation in play while minimizing unnecessary fatigue.

7. Be Comfortable – The play environment is usable for individuals with sensory needs, diverse body size, posture, mobility and motor control.

Play! by Crozier Founder Ken Crozier has played a pivotal role in ensuring that all children have the opportunity to be involved in play, a cause which began in his teenage years while assisting children with disabilities and noticing a lack of play activities that accommodate physical and social challenges. This discovery became the driving force in Play!’s mission to create challenging and inclusive play spaces for all to enjoy.

Ken is a proud partner of PlayCore, who echoes his commitment to providing dynamic play and recreation opportunities through innovative design. Are you ready to create a meaningful play environment for children of all ages and abilities? If so, contact a Play! Sales Associate to learn more about the Me2 program and receive your COMPLIMENTARY Me2 best practices guidebook, featuring guidelines and benefits of the seven principles of inclusive playground design. As a bonus, you will receive a checklist as a guide to create universally designed play environments that implement these best practices.

Click the video below to watch PlayCore’s inclusion video: 

 

About PlayCore: PlayCore’s mission is to build stronger communities around the world by advancing play through research, programs and partnerships. PlayCore is the parent company of GameTime, North America's largest manufacturer of playground equipment and the renowned leader in play.

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LEAH IVERSON

Marketing Communications Manager

Leah is putting pen to paper in her role as Marketing Communications Manager for both Crozier’s Landmark and Play! divisions. Her main responsibilities include leading marketing and communication efforts through strategic articles, website content and by enhancing engagement on various social media platforms. read more

leah.iverson@crozier.ca