Publication type: Conference other
Type of review: Not specified
Title: Start the inclusive playground r-evolution : identifying aspects to promote social inclusion
Authors: Wenger, Ines
Prellwitz, Maria
Schulze, Christina
et. al: No
Conference details: 18th World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress, Occupational R-Evolution, Paris, France, 28-31 August 2022
Issue Date: 28-Aug-2022
Language: English
Subjects: Child; Community development; Playground; Integration
Subject (DDC): 302: Social interaction
610: Medicine and health
Abstract: Introduction / Rationale: Through the design of inclusive playgrounds children with diverse needs should be enabled to participate in outdoor play. However, despite the presence of anti-discrimination policies in many European countries, there are only a few inclusive playgrounds. Furthermore, anti-discrimination policies often focus on the adaptation of the physical environment, which results in playgrounds being accessible, but not always inclusive or usable for play. Objectives: This project presents on qualitative research studies that explored the perceptions of playground builders and users in order to better understand how to improve social inclusion on inclusive playgrounds going beyond the adaptation of the physical environment. Method / Approach: Multiple methods were used (interviews, focus groups, observations) to explore the perceptions of playground builders (e.g. architects, landscape architects) and users (children with and without disabilities and their parents) in one area in Switzerland. The research was conducted within the P4PLAY Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network. Results and or Practice Implications: On one side findings identified the potential of listening to the children when designing for inclusion. On the other side challenges were identified on the individual, community and political level towards the evolution of social inclusion on inclusive playgrounds. A starting point to address these challenges on inclusive playgrounds may be a cooperation among playground planners/builders and users. Conclusion: The project identified several levels of action where occupational therapists could become actively involved for the evolution of social inclusion on inclusive playgrounds for children with diverse needs.
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/25598
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Health Sciences
Organisational Unit: Institute of Occupational Therapy (IER)
Published as part of the ZHAW project: P4PLAY – Zusammenspiel von Universal Design und Naturelemente auf öffentlichen Spielplätzen
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