Inclusive Play Partnerships
We're working together so kids can play together
Partners at Play
Landscape Structures is inspired by our partnerships with like-minded organizations in the pursuit of advancing inclusive play throughout the world. We work with the following partners because we believe in what they are doing to create equality through play. Giving all children the opportunity to play together teaches them about their differences and their commonalities, thus eliminating bias.
Kanics Inclusive Design Services
Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, founded by Ingrid Kanics, focuses on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid is an occupational therapist with a Masters in Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together.
Ingrid's personal journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all.
Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design. We're proud to have partnered with Kanics Inclusive Design since 2010.
Inclusion Matters® by Shane's Inspiration
Landscape Structures is pleased to partner with Inclusion Matters® by Shane’s Inspiration toward a common goal of promoting play for Together, we’ve created nearly 50 universally accessible playgrounds, including the first in Mexico and Ecuador. children of all abilities. Communities across the U.S. are benefitting from inclusive playgrounds and programming introduced by Inclusion Matters® by Shane’s Inspiration, who has taken accessible playgrounds to a whole new level. Not only do they help communities build these beautiful play environments from conception to completion, but they also ensure that they are utilized through inclusive play programming.
We have collaborated with Inclusion Matters® by Shane’s Inspiration on numerous playground projects around the world, including the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Learn More.
Jumpstart Bon départ
Jumpstart, a national charity in Canada, believes organized sports connect kids to their communities and help kids fulfill their dreams.
Jumpstart’s vision is to create accessible playgrounds in every province and territory across Canada. In partnership with Landscape Structures, Jumpstart’s mission is to ensure that these playgrounds become the standard for inclusivity by creating imaginative and accessible spaces where children of all abilities can play together. Jumpstart's hope is that these playgrounds will become a destination - a gathering place - for communities to unite around play.
Canadian Tire Corporation is Jumpstart's biggest supporter as it funds all of the general administrative expenses of Jumpstart, which means 100% of customer donations go directly to helping kids in need. Learn more.
Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation and STAR Center
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation and its sister organization, the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Center in Greenwood Village, Colorado, are Landscape Structures collaborated with the SPD Foundation to create a sensory-rich playground at the STAR Center, providing a natural therapy setting for patients and their families. working to bring awareness to the disorder, and sharing the important work they do to treat children and adults affected by SPD.
We are honored to have Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, the founder of the SPD Foundation and
STAR Center, as an Inclusive Play Partner to learn more about how therapy in natural settings—especially playgrounds—helps treat children touched by the disorder. Learn more.
The Miracle League®
The Miracle League® offers opportunities for children with mental and/or physical challenges to play baseball for the first time through custom baseball fields. With more than We are honored to be the official playground partner of The Miracle League. 240 organizations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Venezuela and Australia, The Miracle League gives more than 200,000 children and young adults with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy America’s favorite pastime. Inclusive playgrounds complement these unique baseball parks and are the perfect community centerpiece to bring people of all abilities together. Learn More.
Too Small to Fail
Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, promotes the importance of early brain and language development and supports parents with tools to talk, read, and sing with their young children from birth. Today, 60 percent of children in the United States start kindergarten unprepared, lagging behind their peers in critical language and reading skills. Through partnerships with pediatricians, hospitals, faith-based leaders, community based organizations, businesses, entertainment industry leaders, and others,
Too Small to Fail is meeting parents where they are to help them prepare their children for success in school and beyond. Whether at the pediatrician’s office or the playground, Too Small to Fail aims to make small moments big by creating opportunities for meaningful interactions anytime, anywhere. Too Small to Fail works at the national and local levels to reach parents and caregivers through strategically using media, building national partnerships and implementing the “Talking is Teaching: Talk, Read, Sing” community campaign in localities across the country.
Too Small to Fail partners with Landscape Structures to reach parents of young children across the country. Joint efforts would leverage each organization’s reach into local communities across the country to promote children’s early brain and vocabulary development through play. Learn more.