At Inclusive Play our vision is to design, develop and manufacture quality products that enable children – no matter what their ability – to play together.
We are often asked what inclusion means, our answer? It means everyone regardless of background, age, gender, and ability should have the same opportunities in life to explore and achieve. Although our focus at Inclusive Play is around special needs and disabilities (as we recognise that this is a group most marginalised in playground design) we aspire to create products that will excite everyone.
To support this ethos, we believe in the social model of disability. In other words, disability is a socially created problem and it is up to all of us to make the environmental changes necessary to allow for the full participation of people with disabilities in all areas of social life. With this in mind, we strive to create completely unique products that punctuate, not define a play space, embracing the true meaning of inclusion.
To do this, we look at playground favourites and the general play experiences enjoyed by many children. We also think about the barriers to play for children who may not normally have access to all equipment. We give those products a makeover – or we start from scratch – and come up with new ideas that all children will love. We consider the whole family experience making sure disabled adults also can play with their children.
As a result of all this work and our many years of experience we developed the PiPA design methodology through invaluable consultation with disabled children’s charity KIDS and Occupational therapists from both the UK and USA to help design inclusive play areas inclusive play and help families find them.
PiPA is the go-to-tool to help design and assess new or existing play areas. PiPA will help you understand the wide range of disabilities without being an expert ensuring the best inclusive provision. Find out more about Inclusive Play below:.