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Inclusive Play

Inclusive Play Allows Children of All Abilities to Grow Together

Perceptions are Changing

According to a recent survey on inclusive play that Landscape Structures conducted with parents across the country, more than half (57 percent) of all parents mistakenly believe that playgrounds are required to have elements designed for children with Down syndrome, sensory disorders, and visual and hearing impairments. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) only requires playgrounds to provide wheelchair access to the play elements. Parents want more than the minimum standards when it comes to playground inclusion and accessibility.

Playgrounds should be required to have elements designed for children with special needs.

The survey also revealed changing perceptions from a community standpoint. Nearly three quarters (74 percent) of parents believe it is important that their children have an opportunity to play with a variety of children, including those with disabilities. There are numerous benefits of inclusive playgrounds such as allowing children of all abilities the opportunity to play together, as well as bringing together parents with disabilities (wounded veterans) and an aging population.

View the key findings in the info-graphic below.

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