Inclusive Playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities and are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together.

Inclusive Playgrounds

Inclusive playgrounds are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities and are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities can play together.

Inclusion Matters Because ALL Kids Matter!

A large majority of playgrounds in our province are built to exclude children and community members who are living with disabilities from using them. This sends the message of who belongs on a playground and who does not.

As a society, we know that play is a crucial part of building children’s physical, social and intellectual skills. Playgrounds create opportunities for breaking down barriers through interactive play and they offer teachable opportunities where people can see a person before disability. Playgrounds offer place spaces where children learn to share, work together and learn how to treat their peers. As such, playgrounds need to be designed to include everyone.

We see all too often playground designs that have things like pea gravel; wood chip surfacing; playground equipment that is only accessed by stairs or lack transfer platforms; and playgrounds that don’t include features for children with sensory challenges (i.e. quiet spaces for children who are autistic to desensitize).

How we can offer support:

There are various ways that we are able to help support your playground project ranging from Playground Design, support with Community Outreach/Fundraising and help incorporate Best Practices in your project.

In addition, as a charitable organization, we can solicit, receive and issue tax receipts, and can manage all financial aspects of the playground including support with grant writing and final report documentation.

Design

We work with community partners and school groups to create fully inclusive playgrounds so all children and community members can participate in play.
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Community Outreach/Fundraising

We support the community with its fundraising efforts and give an Inclusion grant to each playground we support.

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Best Practises

We bring the most current research on play design to encompass the spectrum of ability diverse needs in an interactive space.

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Community Playgrounds We are Supporting:

  • % of Goal Reached 90% 90%
  • % of Goal Reached 35% 35%
  • % of Goal Reached 60% 60%

Community Playgrounds We Have Completed:

  • % of Goal Reached 100% 100%
  • % of Goal Reached 100% 100%

Through funding, support and community partnerships, our goal is to ensure that all children with specialized needs can be active participants within their communities. Please help by donating below or contact us to find out how you can support Variety Alberta

Because ALL Kids Matter!

Charitable Registration#
11928 2689 RR0001

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