Impacting Children – This groundbreaking initiative presents a unique opportunity to drastically improve recreational accessibility and integration within th community. Studies have proven that integrated play helps develop:
- fine and gross motor skills
- receptive communication skills
- cerebral functions
- physical strength
- coordination and balance
- social skills
- independence and self-esteem
- break down misconceptions about disabilities
Impacting the Community – Integrated play also gives typically-able children the opportunity to experience and accept their peers with special needs as equals, teaching the vital lessons of compassion, awareness, and acceptance. To ensure usage, programs will be developed through an alliance of stakeholders such as agency providers serving individuals with special needs, elementary school professionals and children, camps, and civic/community groups.
Universally Accessible Playground Benefits & Support Mechanisms
|Accessible site and amenities||Group play elements|
|Accessible path system||Theme play element|
|Creative play opportunities||Accessible facilities|
|Passive areas for rest and alone time||Graduated play elements|
|Sensory play||Sensory play features|
|Motor skills development||Accessible play elements|
Creates a fun play atmosphere for all children.
Integration breaks down stereotypes and misconceptions.
Supports rehabilitation such as balance and coordination activities.
Promotes personal empowerment and builds self-esteem.
- Educational opportunities
- Community development
- Environmental awareness
- Develop social skills, intelligence, awareness, social adjustment, interaction.