With Amy Jaffe Barzach, Founder and Director Emeritus of Boundless Playgrounds, appointed by IFC as the chairwoman of the Inclusive Play Workgroup, a call for members, advisors and/or advocates of inclusive play was announced in August 2008. The workgroup strived to increase awareness of the issues related to inclusive play environments and will champion programs that demonstrate excellence in these areas.
The inclusive play workgroup focuses on increasing awareness of the issues related to inclusive play environments. We believe play environments must be developed in the context of how children live their lives. By championing programs which demonstrate excellence in these areas, the workgroup strives to demonstrate that a healthier and safer world can be created for all children through access to play.
ASK: No child with a disability being left indoors due to lack of inclusive play environments.
NEED: A healthier and safer world can be created for all children through access to play. Physical inactivity is high among all children and even truer for children with disabilities who experience 4.5 times greater levels of inactivity. We need to get kids with disabilities out of their homes and away from sedentary behaviors such as watching television and non-active video gaming to ensure healthier and active generations to come. In addition, children with disabilities should be afforded the same opportunities in physical education as children without disabilities thus a need for training and education in inclusive P.E. is warranted within this ask.
1. Work with the U.S. Play Coalition to tackle issues regarding Inclusive Play
2. Increase knowledge of inclusive play space design
3. Support efforts regarding the development of a national accessible playground database
4. Increase knowledge translation and awareness regarding inclusive physical education
TBD by Workgroup members.
The Inclusive Play workgroup is lead by Ingrid M. Kanics, IFC appointed Workgroup Chair.