Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Study

Call for Participants for Jumpstart Inclusive Playground Study
Posted on 05/15/2019
The University of Toronto, in collaboration with the City of Charlottetown and Jumpstart Charities, are recruiting members of the public to participate in a survey about the City’s Jumpstart inclusive playground located in Victoria Park.

Researchers at the University of Toronto, including Dr. Kelly Arbour-Nicitopoulos and Dr. Denver Brown, are completing a study to explore participant’s thoughts and experiences about Jumpstart playground spaces across Canada. This will allow for a better understanding of what aspects of the playground design work could be further improved upon, based on the experiences from children of all abilities, their parents, and professionals in the fields of rehabilitation and education. This information will ideally inform future work related to inclusive playground design guidelines.

Children of all abilities, ages 8 – 17 years old, along with their parent(s)/caregiver(s) who have used the Jumpstart inclusive playground in Victoria Park are eligible to participate. Rehabilitation and educational professionals who have used or intend to use the Jumpstart inclusive playground in their practice are also able to participate in this study.

Participants will complete a 30 minute interview and may be asked to participate in a 45 – 60 minute “go-along”, which involves walking through the playground with the researcher. Each participant (parent, child and professional) will receive a $15 SportChek gift card for their participation. A limited number of spaces are available and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

The research team will be in Charlottetown from May 23 - 26. Interested individuals can contact Dr. Denver Brown at Denver.brown@utoronto.ca.