- To analyse the inclusion of natural elements in Universal Design for enhancing play in community playspaces;
- To identify, report on and select valid and reliable evaluation measures for appraising the effectiveness of Universal Design in playspaces.
Double degree at Lulea University of Technology (LTU) and University College Cork (UCC) in lieu of Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) – candidate will be registered in ZHAW, Switzerland and in LTU, Sweden
Play deprivation occurs when children do not have the same freedom or capacity to access play opportunities on an equal basis to other children, due to cultural, social, or physical barriers. Studies show that children with disabilities experience socio-spatial exclusion due to physical and social (attitudinal) barriers. In addition, although Universal Design (UD) is proposed as the method of choice for designing inclusive play facilities (UNCRC, UNCRPD, GC no. 2, GC no 17), to date, few countries in Europe have applied UD in playground design.
- An analysis of how Universal Design is applied to playspaces will be conducted and key principles will be identified relating to how best to maximise play value while also designing for inclusion.
- Results of playspace audits will report on features of Universal Design as evidenced in a sample of different geographical regions in Europe (Sweden, Ireland and Switzerland) and identify models of good practice.
- Participatory strategies to involve children with diverse physical, sensory, cognitive, emotional, and behavioural needs will be developed and deployed to investigate the usability and accessibility of the playspaces, and outcomes of these approaches will be included in the design of a good practice guideline.