PiPA has been created to help Local Authorities, Landscape Architects, Planners as well as families with disabled children to create inclusive outdoor play areas as well as assessing installed play areas.
Why have we created this?
The level of truly inclusive play provision is very low in the UK and worldwide. But we have been working with clients across the globe who are keen to ‘do the right thing’ but actually aren’t equipped with the right knowledge.
We are delighted to have teamed up with KIDS the disabled children’s charity, Occupational therapist Amy Wagenfeld PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, CAPS and qualified Landscape Architect and Occupational Therapy Student Constance Hurley to gather the knowledge of the ‘people in the know’ to create a tool, PiPA, that provides expert knowledge at your fingertips.
How does it work?
PiPA is essentially a checklist for anyone assessing a planned or existing play provision. The questions can be worked through on the online form which is then available for you to print out and will also be submitted to inclusive play.
The outcome will be:
The play area is not inclusive
The play area is inclusive as a community provision (i.e. may be without changing places and refreshment/picnic areas)
The play area is inclusive as a destination park (i.e. it has great transport links, parking, changing places with onsite café etc.)
What if my provision isn’t inclusive?
If the play area is not inclusive it will be clear to see from the checklist which points need to be fulfilled to get it to an inclusive standard. This will help you to plan budgets for future development.
What if my provision is inclusive?
If it is inclusive – congratulations! You are on your way to making more children happy! But it doesn’t just end here. Did you know one of the greatest barriers for families finding inclusive provision is that they don’t know where to go?
The PiPA Map
So we are making it easier for you! If the play area is PiPA approved it will be eligible for the PiPA signage and will also be posted on our online interactive map – helping families in the UK – and the world we hope! – find inclusive play areas for them.
Don’t just take it from us, PiPA is now listed as a resource as part of the Government’s ‘Accessible Britain Challenge’ launched September 4th 2014. The Accessible Britain Toolkit guides users to useful resources to help Britain’s communities become more Inclusive.
For further assistance please call 0131 214 1180 quoting ‘PiPA’
KIDS working in partnership with Inclusive Play’s ‘Planning Inclusive Play Areas’ Tool (PIPA)
KIDS is a national charity working with disabled children, young people and their families supporting them to be included in services and wider society.
KIDS vision is of a world in which all disabled children and young people realise their aspirations and their right to an inclusive community which supports them and their families.
In support of this vision, KIDS has always supported the development of inclusive play areas, promoting the rights of disabled children to play and have fun alongside their non-disabled peers, siblings and friends.
KIDS has developed it’s own inclusivity assessment tool and a number of publications and briefing papers to support local authorities, community groups and play companies to develop more inclusive play areas. Therefore KIDS was asked to use this knowledge and expertise to work with Inclusive Play during the development of PIPA.
Magda Gay, KIDS National Development Officer for Play and Early Years, who has extensive experience of supporting the design and development of inclusive play spaces and equipment for disabled children, was consulted throughout PIP’s development.
KIDS believes that ‘access is getting in – inclusion is wanting to stay’, and expects this tool will support those who are designing and building new or existing play areas to understand the breadth of provision which is needed to develop accessible and enjoyable play areas for disabled children and their families, which will in turn provide better play areas for all.
KIDS involvement ensured that PIPA took into account everything disabled children and their families need to be considered to enjoy a visit to a play area. Completed assessments for existing play areas will enable families of disabled children to be able to decide whether a play area will provide the best play opportunities and the most fun for their disabled children and families.