Find out information on what inclusive play and accessible playgrounds look like and why we need to have this in our community.

School Resources

Rick Hansen Resource Library

This Resource Library contains full lesson plans, short activities, videos, e-books and more to help you start meaningful conversations about inclusion and accessibility. Our lesson and unit plans are connected to the curriculum in each province and territory in Canada.


Inclusive Play (Elementary)

Students consider how to best work together during physical activity time to make it a positive and rewarding experience for all participants, including those with physical disabilities. The lesson uses the game Ball Toss and Catch to help students explore how to make the game as inclusive as possible.

Grade 3: Let's Play - Accessible Playgrounds

Students explore ways to make school playgrounds accessible for everyone, including children with disabilities.

Grade 6: Accessible or Not?

Students analyze case studies to explore how physical spaces can be made more accessible.

Kids Art Exhibition!

We are looking for schools to help make some art!
Theme: “What does Accessibility mean to me?”

Where will it be displayed?
The City of Kingston Accessibility Awards Ceremony

When is it due?
November 20th: Volunteers will pick up at your school!


7 Principles of Inclusive Play

  1. Fair. This means ensuring equitable opportunities for all abilities and all ages, considering the play needs of all users within the playgrounds community.
  2. Included. Designed with flexibility in how users can interact with the structure with a variety of levels, movements, and needs.
  3. Smart. The playground should facilitate intuitive play and fun challenges through clear, simple design that encourages longer play interactions.
  4. Independent. Creating a space that encourages users to be able to play either independently or as a group and with a variety of access points to engage with the space and enter, exit or observe play with ease.
  5. Safe. A playground must meet the required safety standards, including rest and observation points
  6. Active. This means facilitating play with equipment and design that meets a diverse set of physical needs to encourage cooperative play and socialization.
  7. Comfortable. Incorporating complementary structures, like shade and seating, into an easy to access, simple design creates a comfortable space for users to stay for longer periods.

    7 Principles of Inclusive Play, a guiding set of principles defined by PlayCore and developed to help structure a standardized approach to building more truly inclusive play opportunities.