Me2™: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®
Best Practices for Inclusive Design
To help communities address the needs of the whole child, and to provide all five developmental benefits, we provide resources like Me2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design®. Developed in partnership with PlayCore and Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities, Me2 is an education resource and best practice design guide for inclusive play environments that increases the usability for people of all generations, backgrounds and abilities.
The 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design
Principle 1: Be Fair - create a play and recreation space that promotes equitable use for all people and for people of all abilities.
Principle 2: Be Included - remove barriers that prevent people from using the space, and make the space usable by more people.
Principle 3: Be Smart - create a space that is simple and intuitive, help people gain confidence through play.
Principle 4: Be Independent - design an environment that promotes independent exploration and participation.
Principle 5: Be Safe - observe and comply with all safety standards, and promote emotional security for participants.
Principle 6: Be Active - provide activities and events that encourage social, cooperative and physical play.
Principle 7: Be Comfortable - ensure the space accommodates the diverse sensory needs, motor control and environmental sensitivity of your community.