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Inclusive Playground Design Best Practices
Me2 Introduction
The Me2 program was developed to serve as an educational resource for communities that are planning, creating, or revitalizing outdoor play environments. Inclusive playgrounds make a fundamental statement about how communities value meaningful play experiences for people of all ages and abilities. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design™ create universally designed play environments that increase the “playability” for people of diverse abilities, age, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. Implementation of these best practice principles helps create a unique and meaningful play environment that is usable by more people, to the greatest extent possible.
The seven principles of Universal Design, originally created by the Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University, have been uniquely tailored to what all children want to feel and experience during outdoor play. No two universally designed play environment projects are alike, but in all play environments, children want to “Be” and feel fair, included, smart, independent, safe, active, and comfortable during play. The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design focus on the usage of individual play elements as well as the overall playground environmental design. Both a physical and social event, inclusive play is not solely about physically accessing an environment, but what happens once an individual gets there. A truly inclusive and embracing play experience addresses the developmental needs of the whole child by intentionally providing opportunities for physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and sensory development.
About our partner:
The National Lekotek Center is a not-for-profit organization that uses interactive play experiences, and the learning that results, to promote the inclusion of children with special needs into family and community life.  Since 1980, The National Lekotek Center’s “play-based therapy” philosophy has grown to include a network of 25 affiliates, who serve over 6500 families annually.  Lekotek offers a vast model of programs including family play sessions, toy lending libraries, Compuplay programs, and other services, such as home visits, that meet the unique and diverse needs of families.  As the country’s leading source on play for children with special needs, the National Lekotek Center also develops partnerships and creative projects and provides consulting and hundreds of product evaluations in the toy and play products industry.  Learn more at
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Providing inclusive play opportunities for people of all ages and abilities is critical for promoting play, healthy physical activity, and learning.  PlayCore's unique inclusive play programs not only create outdoor environments that implement best practice design principles, they take inclusive play to the next level by providing outdoor programming to ensure meaningful play for children of all abilities! Contact Information
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