Inclusive play in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“In July, I represented Touched By Olivia at Beit Issie Shapiro’s 6th International Conference on Disability, in Tel Aviv, Israel.

I gave a presentation on the benefits of inclusive public playgrounds and also gave some onsite feedback to Beit Issie Shapiro on their first inclusive playground.

The conference was strongly focused on the creation of an inclusive society that valued everyone for their contribution.

To that end the majority of the presentations looked at ways to remove the barriers and stigma that those with a disability often encounter.

One presentation I saw was from a Portuguese academic who had designed and built a robot that allowed autistic children to practice social skills in a non-threatening manner.

This experience reinforced to me how important vision and innovation are if we are to achieve the goal of an inclusive society.”

Ben Richards