The Inclusive Community Playpark
The Playpark, located in Exeter is one of the first to be fully designed
and equipped with inclusion and access in mind. With facilities ranging
from a bespoke wheelchair accessible climbing frame, to tactile and sensory
games, the park has something to cater for every child.
The equipment is designed to encourage co-operative play
and is large enough to be used by older disabled children who may need
more space for wheelchairs and helpers.
The area is also encircled by a fence and access gates to ensure that
it is a safe area within which children with behavioural or learning impairments
can play, without the risk of the child wandering off or getting lost
and separated from their friends.
Widgit Software have been working with the park to develop materials
and signage to enable children and visitors with literacy and learning
impairments to access the park and its features.
All of the attractions within the play park are accompanied by a symbol
supported sign post. New and bespoke symbols were designed to ensure that
the information represented, completely matched the activity or equipment
it was depicting.
The gates and play area itself are all signposted with Widgit
Symbol support, ensuring that all of the information available is also
accessible to the widest possible audience.
Accompanying the Playpark and its signage is a set of Widgit Symbol activities
to be used before or after a visit to the park. The activities encourage
choices, decision making and discussion. They also encourage interaction,
by allowing the visitor with literacy and communication impairments to
quickly and easily share their thoughts about the park and it's activities.
" I think one of the most exciting and innovative parts
of this project is the creation of the symbol/tactile signs for which
I am indebted to Cate at Widgit . With great flair, she designed a symbol
to go with each item of equipment and they are excellent. These symbols
are such an asset to the non-verbal children who use the playpark and
help them with their communication. Thank you Cate and Widgit!"