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Disability Equality Specialist Support Agency


Play for All was commissioned by DESSA as a companion publication to Access Inside Out: A Guide to Making Community Facilities Accessible. The idea for the play guidelines germinated from discussions with Richard Webb, of Sugradh, who produced a comprehensive research document, Public Play Provision for Children with Disabilities. Play for All draws heavily on material in Public Play Provision for Children with Disabilities and we are very grateful to Richard Webb for the valuable contribution he made at the initial stage of this project. Play for All was edited by Maureen Gilbert, and DESSA would like to thank her sincerely for her expertise and commitment to the organisation and its work.


DESSA would also like to acknowledge the generous assistance and contributions of the following people who provided input and feedback during the drafting of these guidelines.


  • Anne O’Brien – Play Development Officer, Dublin City Council
  • Laura Mc Nally – Early Years Development Worker, HSE
  • Brian Silke – Go Play Ltd • Janette Peterson – Kompan
  • Di Murray – Play Consultant, Play Works UK
  • The staff of the National Disability Authority.

A sincere thank you to everyone for their contributions. DESSA gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of Citizens Information Board, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Family Support Agency in the production of these guidelines. Finally, a word of thanks to the DESSA Board of Management and staff for overseeing and implementing this project.

Pictures in this document have been kindly reproduced with permission from Go Play Ltd. Ireland.

Thanks to the parents and children who participated in the DESSA CIP Consultation in The Ark, Dublin 2, 2006.