At Proludic, inclusion is a key aspect of our philosophy because we believe that all children should have access to play and to the same play facilities.
We want to help children play together in a friendly environment to prevent isolation and allow all children to develop at their own pace and within their capabilities.
In 2007 the Proludic Observatory published our “Disability” Thematic Guide which shared our vision on disability and inclusion, and proposed solutions in terms of universal design and layout of play areas.
We further developed our approach in 2015 by working together with other experts dedicated to innovation for the well-being of children. We consulted support associations for children with disability, experts in research, health and universal design to identify the specific features and needs of children with disability in play areas and measures that can be taken to compensate for differences and ensure accessibility for all. We have deepened our knowledge so that we can offer even more effective solutions in our design of inclusive play equipment and inclusive play areas.
The Proludic Inclusive Play Areas Guide provides data on the specific features of various disabilities, the needs children have to help them cope with the disability, and design solutions to enable all children to access and enjoy play areas alongside other children. The Proludic Inclusive Play Areas Guide achieved a Good Design Award® Gold in 2016 from Good Design Australia in recognition of our commitment to design excellence and our contribution to the role of design in creating a better society.
In recent years the approach to inclusive playspace design has been extended even further to embrace as many people as possible that may wish to enjoy a playspace, such as adult carers with disability, grandparents and people of diverse cultures. This overall inclusive approach has been explored and documented in the Everyone Can Play Guideline to Create Inclusive Playspaces by the Office of Open Space and Parklands within the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment. The Everyone Can Play Guideline provides guidance for the planning, design and delivery of inclusive playspaces.
Proludic contributed to the development of the Guideline through the representation of Madeleine Walding, Proludic’s Commerical Manager and landscape architect, in the Everyone Can Play Advisory Group. The Everyone Can Play Advisory Group comprised over 50 members of local government representatives, landscape architects and designers, professional bodies, play equipment manufacturers, academics, industry advocates and community members. The Group provided independent, expert and impartial advice that assisted the Office of Open Space and Parklands deliver the Guidelines.
Proludic are committed to the creation of inclusive playspaces so that we can offer all children the enjoyment of play, show them playing is a shared experience and give every child the means to blossom and develop. We continue to design new inclusive play equipment and effective communication tools to help designers increase their understanding of inclusive playspaces.
Examples of our inclusive playspace projects are illustrated below (click on the images to learn more about each project):