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PiPA Debate in Scottish Parliament

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For anyone who hasn’t heard of our PiPA toolkit, this may well change as we continue to campaign and champion for it at Scottish Parliamentary level.

We began discussing PiPA with Linda Fabiani MSP back in 2014 when a group of parents were frustrated by the lack of inclusive provision in their area. This is not an unusual scenario and Inclusive Play were highly aware that the understanding around disability and inclusivity was low with regards to the play environment. This led to the development of the PiPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) project with KIDS the Disabled Children’s Charity and Occupational Therapist Amy Wagenfield.

This working group created a toolkit to harness the expert knowledge of the team and the industry to help support anyone designing or wanting to campaign for inclusive play areas by providing qualitative and quantittaive evidence on how to shape better rounded play spaces.

PiPA has already been picked up by Accessible Britain Challenge, KIDS, London Play to name a few, and this week we went back into parliament to speak to MSP’s on how this can be embedded further in Scotland’s Play Charter and policy. Watch this space….

PiPA in Scottish ParliamentPictured above are Paul Hoenigmann and Joanne Talbot, of Inclusive Play

The First PiPA Designed Inclusive Playground

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Earley Town Council are close to completion of the UK’s very first designed from scratch PiPA Inclusive Playground at Sol Joel. The park is designed to be fully inclusive for all children and will engage youngsters with special needs and disabilities.

Earley Town Council, together with the support of Wokingham Borough Council, have been busy consulting with representatives of Reach Wokingham, Peapods and the Special Educational Needs Department at Earley St. Peter’s School (the School backs on to the Park).

It was increasingly apparent that the region is without a choice of free inclusive play area facilities, a fact that is backed up by KIDS the Disabled Children’s Charity who have found less than 47% of play spaces are accessible across the UK.

To remedy that Earley Town Council worked with the Inclusive Play’s PiPA (Plan Inclusive Play Areas) tool to create a fantastic multi-sensory project designed together with Jupiter Play and Inclusive Play.

The play area will be open in time for the school summer holidays 2015.