Accessibility, Disability and Risky Play

The categories of risky play shared here are common ways we see risky play particularly among children who are neurotypical and nondisabled. Risky play exists for all children and in all play and may look different for some children. The identifying theme is always: Does it spark a feeling of scary/funny? Is it repeated to re-experience and navigate that feeling?

Supporting children with specific accessibility needs in risky play asks us as educators to be observant, to see risky play when it is emerging; to be empathetic and willing to meet folks where they are;  and to be creative and resourceful in problem-solving barriers to risky play opportunities. 

In this CNAC podcast, Cherlene speaks with Amanda St. Dennis, a disability and accessibility advocate on how to support children with disabilities in an outdoor play program.

Accessibility, Disability and Risky Play in the Outdoors (1 hour)
A Child and Nature Alliance of Canada Podcast