Occupational Injustice and the Right to Play: A Systematic Review of Accessible Playgrounds for Children with Disabilities

Anna Zawadzki, Johnson & Wales University - Providence


OBJECTIVE Identify and synthesize existing research on the relationship between key areas of development and accessible play settings for children aged 3-12 with disabilities, and provide occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) with a body of evidence to inform evidence-based interventions and utilize in advocating for occupational justice.

RESULTS Social participation, play participation, and motor skill development were negatively impacted in 8 of 9 studies despite playgrounds being labeled "accessible."