Inclusive Playground Equipment

Shaping the Future of Play®

At Miracle Recreation®, we believe that every kid deserves to play, feel exhilarated and experience new sights, sounds and textures. It’s important to design playgrounds that provide these kinds of engaging experiences for all children. That’s why we offer a variety of products that provide accessibility and sensory benefits to create truly inclusive playspaces that are exciting, challenging and help kids of all ages and abilities enjoy playing together.

We call these inclusive playspaces “Playgrounds for All.”

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Inclusive Playgrounds for All

Our inclusive Playgrounds for All program welcomes all ages and abilities and supports the following five fundamentals:

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Provide multi-sensory play experiences:
  • Vestibular (movement and balance)
  • Proprioceptive (body position)
  • Tactile (touch)
  • Auditory (hearing)
  • Visual
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Encourage all children to play by:
  • Providing a graduated range of challenge
  • Grouping similar equipment together
  • Offering equipment for multiple age groups
  • Providing real choices of play for each child
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Allow greater accessibility by:
  • Protective, shock-absorbing unitary surfacing
  • Wide movement routes
  • Smooth, even transitions on and off equipment
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Support children on the autism spectrum by:
  • Offering cozy, quite spaces
  • Establishing perimeter paths and fences
  • Providing a wayfinding system that includes an orientation path
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Create welcoming social environments including:
  • Solitary play
  • Onlooker play
  • Parallel play
  • Associative play
  • Cooperative play
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Building Inclusive Environments

A key fundamental of a Playground for All is to encourage children of all ages and abilities to play, to be challenged, and to have fun. We use the following three strategies to choose and lay out equipment in ways that encourage social interaction:

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Real Play Choices

We ensure that everyone gets to play by providing real play choices for people who use mobility devices. There are always multiple places for children who use wheelchairs to have fun!

Grouping Similar Play

We encourage all children to play together by grouping similar types of play. Each play grouping provides three graduated levels of challenge — one easy, one very challenging and one in between.

Play for Children of All Ages

On Playgrounds for all, we want to make sure that children of all ages will enjoy playing at the playground. This isn’t a playground for just one age group.

Creating Inclusive Playgrounds Together

ADA playground equipment is mandatory in public spaces. However, inclusive playground design goes beyond wheelchair-accessible playground equipment only; truly inclusive playground equipment includes systems and components that allow all children to play together in a rich and engaging way. In an inclusive play space, children of different abilities can play together, ensuring no one is left out.

Miracle Recreation offers innovative accessible playground equipment, which helps children of all abilities enjoy being children. Our adaptive playground equipment lets you stay compliant with ADA requirements while still offering engaging and fun play for all children.

Our inclusive playground equipment is designed to be used by children of all levels.

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Sensory Outdoor Play Equipment

One way to include all children in a playground is through our sensory playground equipment. Sensory play equipment takes into account the unique sensory processing needs of children on the autism spectrum or with specific sensory needs, offering them the opportunity to play independently alongside others without getting overwhelmed by the noise and stimulation of a playground.

Children on the autism spectrum find it challenging to socialize and play with others. On Playgrounds for All, we take this into consideration when we lay out our sensory play equipment. Some of our sensory play equipment is designed to provide exciting sensory experiences for children who need a lot of vestibular and proprioceptive input, while other equipment is designed to support the child with sensory processing disorder who might need a calming environment. A product such as our Sensory Maze is great for this type of sensory play as it allows children to explore light and texture in a soothing and non-overwhelming environment.

Designing Playgrounds for All

Help develop the abilities and captivate the imagination of every child by adding a Playground for All to your playground environment. For more information about our inclusive products and to start designing your own Playground for All, contact your local Miracle Recreation representative today.

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