Live / Inclusion Matters: Creating Conditions of Possibility in Outdoor Play Destinations

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Landscape architects have long championed inclusive play destinations.  However, the body of research to help make evidence-based design choices has only relatively recently begun to develop.  Researchers and practitioners are beginning to ask, and answer, whether inclusively designed outdoor environments really change the possibilities for enhanced play experiences? Can inclusive design impact play behaviors between children of all abilities?  Discover evidence-based design practices that thoughtfully break down both physical and social barriers to create a welcoming atmosphere to experience the developmental benefits of inclusive play! Research findings, case examples, and new data offers unique insights to demonstrate the positive impact inclusive design has on the whole child, whole environment, and the whole community!       

Learning objectives

  • Identify the difference in the terms accessible, universally designed, and inclusive when referencing outdoor play and recreation settings.
  • Summarize research findings of play behaviors observed for both children with and without disabilities in outdoor inclusive play settings.
  • List at least five evidence-based design practices/considerations that thoughtfully address the developmental benefits of the whole child and support positive play experiences for children of all abilities.
  • Create an advocacy statement to raise awareness and support inclusive play and recreation opportunities for diverse communities.

Keith Christensen, PhD


Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice at Utah State University

Dr. Keith Christensen earned a masters degree in landscape architecture and a doctorate in disability studies. He is a Faculty Fellow with the Institute for Disability Research, Policy, & Practice and a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. Keith directs the Beyond Access program which advocates for the planning and design of socially inclusive play environments.

Jennie Sumrell

CORE Community Outreach Director


Jennie worked in the field of childhood development and exceptional learning for nearly fifteen years. She has a Master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie joined PlayCore in 2008 and serves as the Community Outreach Director within PlayCore’s Center for Outreach, Research and Education. Deeply passionate about inclusive, intergenerational play, Jennie utilizes her expertise and personal experiences as a educator to positively impact the development of innovative play and recreation destinations that focus on community health and wellness.

Inés Palacios, PhD (Moderator)

Training & Professional Development Manager

PlayCore / CORE

Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, professional development, and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations. Inés is based out of Raleigh, NC.

This session will offer the following credits:





 1.0 AIA HSW LU /


CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU / 1.0 AIA HSW LU / 1.0 LA CES HSW PDH) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements: 

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey.

To obtain your CEU, please visit the "Event Details" tab above to complete the associated components for this event.

Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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11/30/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  75 minutes
11/30/2022 at 2:00 PM (EST)   |  75 minutes
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