Children with disabilities and special needs can often only dream about playing in a playground. That dream is now a reality for many fortunate children who come from all over Israel to ‘Park Chaverim’ or ‘Friendship Park’ in Ra’anana.
Israel’s first accessible and inclusive playground gives children with disabilities an equal opportunity for recreation and fun. The playground brings children with different ability levels together to teach them how to play and have fun together while raising community awareness about the importance of inclusion.
Established by Beit Issie Shapiro in 2005, Park Chaverim is an inclusive playground which is unique and the first of its kind. Today, Beit Issie Shapiro is guiding 30 municipalities across Israel in the building of accessible and inclusive playgrounds, and in the curriculum development linked to these playgrounds including social and educational programming.
Please contact us if you would like to visit Park Chaverim, or to find out more about setting up an inclusive playground in your area.
To learn more about Beit Issie Shapiro’s Park Chaverim – Israel’s First Accessible and Inclusive Playground, please watch this video.
To see the new Sesame Street Character, Sivan, playing at Park Chaverim, please watch this short video:
Finally, here’s an amazing video about the range of innovations at Beit Issie Shapiro, including more about the Inclusive Playground, Park Chaverim, in this moving video. (Inclusive Playground section starts at 7:10)
Please Click here to read an article published in The Israel Journal of Occupational Therapy about Park Chaverim.