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Inclusive Play

A few years ago, we carried out research and consultation on disabled children’s access to play in Midlothian. The work explored what changes could be made to ensure disabled children gain the greatest potential benefits from play through participation in local provision and accessing spaces for play.

The project involved 183 children and young people and 328 adults across various activities. We used the learning to launch our Play for All service for disabled children. The report is available to download from this page. We hope the learning it contains will benefit parents, groups and professionals, as they seek to support inclusive play.


We have created a handout sharing some of the ‘low-key everyday actions’ tips gathered through the postcards consultation, also downloadable.

You may also be interested in our two training courses on the topic – Creating Inclusive Play Opportunities and Inclusive Play Resources Workshop.

The following organisations may also be helpful for information and services:

  • Bright Sparks - play opportunities for disabled children and young people

  • The Yard - adventure play opportunities for disabled children and young people

  • Capability Scotland - care, support and education for disabled children and adults

  • Disability Information Scotland - information for people living with disability in Scotland

  • VOCAL Wee Breaks - supports unpaid carers in Edinburgh and Midlothian to take time to recharge

  • The Action Group - for children and adults with support needs, and their carers

  • Enquire - information on additional support for learning in Scotland

  • Lothian Autistic Society - services and practical support to children and young people on the autistic spectrum, their families and carers

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