Our Inclusion Toolkit is Here!

In 2017-2018, the Seattle Children's PlayGarden partnered with King County Public Health's Best Start for Kids Initiative to research the topic of inclusion of kids with disabilities in our community and share what we learned. Our goal is simple: to help other organizations throughout King County to  feel empowered to  Say "Yes" to kids with disabilities in their programs. 

You don't have to be an expert on disability, you just have to be open and willing to try.

Want to purchase a hard copy of the book? Follow this link to purchase online. If you have a unique order or would like multiple copies email: 

Email Hannah@childrensplaygarden.org 

Inclusion Workshops 

The best way to learn is with hands on practice. Join us in bringing the toolkit to life during one up our interactive inclusion workshops. Learn more!

Reading Guidelines 

  • Read with Respect and Kindness

  • Assume Positive Intent

  • Embrace Reflective Practice 

  • Be Willing to Learn 

  • Use the Section Titles, Key Themes, and Pause & Reflect questions  to guide your reading 

About the book: 

PlayGarden staff facilitated a series of interviews and focus groups with kids with and without disabilities, parents, siblings, and other youth-care providers including representatives from the Woodland Park Zoo, Burke Museum, Seattle Mariners, Rainier Dance Center, Kids Quest Museum, Coyote Central, and others to hear their stories  and learn from their experiences. We took all of those stories and divided them into the following five sections: 

Section 1: Say "Yes!" at Parks & Playgrounds 

Section 2: Say "Yes!" at Soccer, Dance and Beyond 

Section 3: Say "Yes!" at Zoos, Museums & Festivals 

Section 4: Say "Yes!" at Ball games & Sporting Events

Section 5: Say "Yes!" to Inclusion Everyday

Toolkit & Workshop Testimonials 

Made Possible by grants from: 

"I wanted to convey that I am sharing the Playgarden's Say YES! to Kids with Disabilities release with all WA Federation of independent Schools around the state as a feature in our bi-monthly newsletter.  It is an unbelievably inspiring and important resource." - 

Sharon Ricci

Membership & Communications Manager

WA Federation of Independent Schools

"I'm interested in purchasing a hard copy of the inclusion toolkit book. I have a library of resources I use for the inclusive education program I run through the Down Syndrome Community and I think this would be a great addition. "- Erin Klones, Parent Advocate

"I attended your, Say “Yes” to Kids with Disabilities workshop on Dec 7th.  It was fantastic!  At Woodland Park Zoo, we are looking to get another 2 copies of the book for our education department at the Zoo."- 

Karen Ofsthus 

Learning Facilitator | Public Programs

Woodland Park Zoo

"The tools I received from your Say YES to Kids with Disabilities workshop have been very helpful for me in my work at the Seattle Aquarium and the work with the teens." -

Apryl Reed

Youth Engagement Mentor, Seattle Aquarium 

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The PlayGarden's mission is to provide children of all abilities a safe, accessible and adventurous place to play.

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