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FOCUS

I was seeing places that had been
intentionally designed for people like me. I
was seeing truly inclusive spaces for people
of all abilities for the first time in my life.
Spaces that went beyond the typical ADA
checklist and the tired steering wheel on a
pole. Spaces that truly boasted activities
for everyone. I was excitedly pushing
across the playground in games of tag and
reveling in the fact that I simply could.
My colleagues would walk across the
park and it would boggle my mind that I
could traverse the surface well enough
to move alongside them and maintain
conversation. These spaces are rich in
sensory play with so many ways for all to
engage in spinning, climbing and swinging.
There are all sorts of activities to celebrate
strength, what I am capable of and not
to remind me what makes me different.
Celebrating the challenges, risks and
successes, not highlighting the struggles.
Most importantly, this was a space telling
me that I'm not an oddity, I'm not different
just because of how I move and I am
welcome here.
Play is the job of childhood. It's where
we challenge ourselves. It is critical
in cognitive, emotional and social
development, and it is where kids go to
be kids. Inclusive play is where ALL kids
are given this chance. It has a crucial role
in erasing stigma surrounding disability
and not just those on the outside looking
in. I remember growing up and there
being times where I felt as different as I
looked with my clunky purple wheelchair.
I remember being unsure how to speak
to my typically developing peers as I'd
struggle to come up with common ground
and experiences. I'd be worried that they
were looking at me as my disability and
not as Jill. Yet, when we'd play together
in the classroom or at sleepovers, that
uncomfortable feeling of being "other"
would retreat because the environment
was not prohibiting me from participating.
We had common goals that didn't revolve
around how I moved. We had the universal
language of play. It taught everyone
involved that I was just like everyone else
and suddenly disability was a much smaller
facet of who I was.
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Most importantly, this was a space telling me that
I'm not an oddity, I'm not different just because of
how I move, and I am welcome here. "
JILL MOORE
That sense of belonging is what the
playground has been missing for so many
years, but that is changing. It has the
potential to be our great, level playing field
and allow all people to connect with that
fundamental inner, even spiritual need to
connect with others and feel accepted as
one of the group. I was fortunate enough
to be invited to a recent photoshoot for
our company's new inclusive spinner, the
We-Go-Round®, and kids of all abilities
were invited to the shoot that day. I
couldn't help but smile, because at no
point did anyone ask why we were using
wheelchairs, or what was "wrong" with us,
but simply if we could spin this thing any
faster because we had to "get to Pluto on
time to pick up a pizza."
I find myself continuously learning in those
moments. I return to that core space
within me that inherently knows play - and
its importance - and letting that inner
knowledge shine on the playground. Every
time someone invites me to join them on

the spinner, or to be a part of their game of
tag, I can't help but smile, because I'm in a
space where everything about it says I'm
meant to be there.
When we as designers and communities
create with inclusion at the forefront of our
minds, we are making a concerted effort
to say that everyone in our community
matters. Everyone is welcome and what
they have to contribute not only holds
value, but they're expected to bring it to the
table. The playground is becoming a place
for all of us to celebrate exactly what we
can do and to cherish our abilities; to find
the joy in our victories and learn from each
other. As designers, community members
and really anyone working in this realm, we
are the movers, the shakers and the play
makers. And we are in charge of making
sure everyone gets their invitation to play.

3 JILL MOORE
PHOTO 3 LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES INC.



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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Spring 2020

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Our Writers | Nos Collaborateurs
Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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