Play For Life Symposium Explores The Lifelong Benefits Of Inclusive Play

Play is beneficial for all of us; it encourages learning, fitness and true happiness. Research shows that play is a key element of development and health for individuals of all ages and abilities. Playing is not just a “children-only” activity. In a world of over-scheduled lives, it is important that everyone—children and adults of all abilities—take time to explore and play.

In an effort to address inclusive play for all ages, Landscape Structures, a Delano, MN-based commercial playground equipment manufacturer, is once again sponsoring the Play for Life Symposium on Sept. 22-23 in Minneapolis. The event, a Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC symposium, will feature thought leaders on inclusion, inclusive play and play across the lifespan.

“The Inclusive Play Symposium is a unique event where participants can meet a real mix of experts on play and inclusion from around the country,” Ingrid M. Kanics, founder of the Play for Life Symposium. “They would have to attend half a dozen conferences to meet all of these speakers.”

The Symposium will educate individuals on the importance of inclusive play and attendees will be able to earn continuing education units in several different disciplines. From an engaging workshop that helps attendees transform their accessible play spaces into truly inclusive playgrounds led by Marnie Norris, director of programs at Shane’s Inspiration; to the interactive session about design practices that truly engage children in the environment with Carol A. Krawczyk, ASLA; and an exploratory discussion about play in adult life from Hedda Sharapan, director of early childhood initiatives at The Fred Rogers Company; participants in the 2011 Play for Life Symposium are sure to reignite their passion for play.

To get more details, registration and accommodations information about the Play for Life Symposium, visit

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