Are playgrounds really for everyone? Disabled children’s experiences at playgrounds designed for inclusion

negative attitudes toward disability. To address the exclusion that disabled children and their families often experience on playgrounds, inclusive playground initiatives have become increasingly common, promising accessibility, fun, and belonging for kids and families. Despite the advancement in inclusive playground design, there is recent research evidence to suggest that disabled children and their families continue to face mistreatment and exclusion at playgrounds. A deeper understanding of what makes an inclusive playground ‘inclusive’ (or not) from disabled children’s perspectives is necessary to (re)create and optimize these experiences for children across Alberta and Canada.

Kassi Boyd
Faculty Supervisor: 
Shanon Phelan
Partner University: