City of Leiden winner most play-friendly municipality award!

Municipality of Leiden first winner of the Jantje Beton most play-friendly municipality award. Both the professional jury and the children’s jury praised the attention of the municipality of Leiden to inclusiveness. Tessa (11 years old): “I think it’s important that everyone can play: from young to old, from rich to poor, and if you have…

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New logo!

Logo Empowerment by playing

Have you seen my new logo and noticed the diference??? I added the word “inclusively” to the logo of Empowerment by Playing. Well, it wasn’t exactly me, Ontwerpstudio Spanjaard did the job. By adding it is immidiately clear what kind of play is needed to empower children.

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Attention for accesibility at the Dutch Leisure trade expo Hardenberg 2021

The Dutch network on accesibility and leisure (Netwerk Toegankelijke Recreatie) is participating in the “Recreatievakbeurs Hardenberg 16-17-18 of november  2021″(Leisure Trade expo) . As an active member of the network I’ll be present on thursday 18the and will facilitate together with colleagues with a disability (ervaringsdeskundigen) a workshop about accesibility for leisure entrepeneurs like owners…

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Inclusive play in the city of Assen Netherlands

Assen is a city situated in the north of the Netherlands. The voice of children is important for this city. Four years ago the city started the Children’s council of Assen. The children’s councel consists of 33 children, one elected child from every primary school in the city. This year Luna is elected as the…

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DCDD Quick guide Inclusive Education

I’m very happy  to share with you the second Quick Guide: Towards Disability Inclusive Education! I have provided the input about inclusion in the schoolyard. This ‘quick guide’ focuses specifically on practical tools and resources, which programme coordinators can use to move towards more inclusive education programmes. It also gives a brief overview of key…

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Most important barrier for active inclusion play isn’t fysical

One off the researchers, L. van Engelen talking an playing with a child in a wheelchair.

In 2017 two master pediatric physiotherapist students from Hogeschool Utrecht, did a  qualitative study to investigate the barriers children with a physical disability encounter when they want to play outside and what we can do about it.  Children and parents from the Speeltuinbende participated in the research. I’m very happy their interesting research, conclusiones  and…

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Efteling inclusive playground Nest! open

I’m  happy to anounce that  the Efteling  opened the  Inclusive Playground . At the request of Het Gehandicapte Kind I advised the Efteling about inclusive play during the devlopment and construction of the playground . In august 2021 I visited the playground together with my friend Koen and his mother. It was great to see…

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Inclusive playground in Jordan, Za’atari Refugee Camp

UNICEF has opened the first fully inclusive playground for children with disabilities in Jordan in Za’atari Refugee Camp as part of national efforts to make education inclusive for all children. The playground, which is one of the first of its kind in a refugee camp, has been designed and equipped for children with and without…

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A playful summer in Wageningen

children drawing with chalk

I live in Wageningen, a small city in the heart of the Netherlands. This year I’m very happy to be involved in the organization of  “Cultuur on tour” (CoT)   together with Lookman Erfgoed en cultuur.   CoT challenges children of all abilities to experience and discover in a playful way theater, art, film, music and sports. …

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