About

The All Abilities ePlayground is an initiative of the Gold Coast City Council supported by the Department of Communities (Disability Services) and created by Sonokids Australia.

The All Abilities ePlayground reflects the values and aims of 17 outdoor all abilities playgrounds funded by the Queensland Government across the state, including 16 created as part of the ground-breaking Queensland All Abilities Playground Project - enabling participation in play.

It was developed to create a way for children to visit an all abilities playground from anywhere - making them more accessible than ever. After a visit to an outdoor all abilities playground, children can also enjoy playing a game that reminds them of their “real world” experience.

Aims

The All Abilities ePlayground aims to:

Testing

Throughout 2009, students and teachers from a number of Gold Coast schools put the All Abilities ePlayground throughout its paces. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with the playground's fun and games being accessed by children of varied abilities. This included children with:

A testing workshop was also held during a 2009 International Day for People with a Disability event at Nerang.

Recognition

The ePlayground has been recognised by a number of international awards programs:

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Acknowledgement

For their invaluable feedback and contributions, special mention and thanks also go to students and teachers from the following Gold Coast schools:

Special thanks also to 11-year-old Bram Lieftinck, from The Netherlands, who tested the All Abilities ePlayground with regard to accessibility for blind players. For the record, Bram gave the ePlayground his tick of approval.

The Roo Hill Thrill game also features surf tunes sampled from original songs by Aaron Bishop, a surf musician and songwriter from the Gold Coast.
Aaron wanted children to know that he is very happy for his music to be a part of their learning process and reminded everyone to “Have lots of fun too!”. You can listen to Aaron’s three songs in full here:

Light From Killybegs

Believe

Gypsy Feet

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