New Chat and Play boards create inclusive spaces in our Parks

Published on Tuesday, 4 June 2024 at 10:17:53 AM

Chat and Play boards have been installed in two Shire of Mundaring parks to assist adults and children with limited language skills to express themselves and communicate with other people.

The boards use symbols and pictures to help people share their choices and needs while enjoying the park.

Shire President Paige McNeil said the new boards in the Mundaring’s Sculpture Park and Morgan John Morgan ‘Train Park’ in Glen Forrest would help many people who find it difficult to communicate. 

“These boards will empower adults and children with limited language skills to express themselves, share their choices, and connect with others while enjoying our beautiful parks,” she said.

“Our community helped to choose the locations of the Chat and Play boards that are an initiative from the Shire’s Access and Inclusion Informing Strategy. I would also like to thank the Inclusion and Disability Access Advisory Group for their insights and work in developing an action plan.”

“We are actively working to create inclusive spaces at our much loved community parks.”

Tips on how to use a communication board: 

  • Point to symbols to convey messages 
  • Point and talk at the same time
  • Talk in full sentences but only point to the key words
  • Use communication boards for a variety of reasons like asking questions and making comments.

To view the Shire’s Access and Inclusion Informing Strategy, visit: Plans and Strategies » Shire of Mundaring

Photograph: Shire President Paige McNeil admires the new Chat and Play board situated in Sculpture Park.

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