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Promoting Social Integration for Disabled Children in Romania

Creating an inclusive playground in Bucharest specially designed for disabled children

Asociaţia Metodelor Alternative de Integrare Socială (AMAis) develops projects that help vulnerable groups integrate into society. Of the five members of the group, four are architects. Their approach involves using space as a means to change perceptions and awaken the senses, opening minds to new points of view. The Air Liquide Foundation contributed to the construction of a multi-sensory play area open to all children, whether they have a disability or not.

Isolation of Disabled Children

People with disabilities often suffer from isolation. This isolation is both subjective, caused by the attitudes of others, and objective, resulting from urban facilities that are difficult or impossible to access. In Bucharest alone, nearly 4,500 disabled children have been placed in institutions, effectively cutting them off from the rest of the society. And yet we know that childhood is a critical period for establishing one’s identity and developing one’s potential.

Inclusion through Play

Drawing on their architectural background, the group designed and built a multi-sensory playground covering 28 square meters. It is open to all children, but it has been specially designed for those with disabilities such as limited mobility or visual, hearing or mental impairments. The architects worked closely with these groups to ensure that the area would meet their needs. The goal is:

  • to stimulate all the senses
  • to create a space where disabled and able-bodied children could interact
  • to promote the development of the musculoskeletal system through physical activity

The playground is located on the grounds of a home for disabled children.

AMAis won first place in the Social Integration category at the Gala held by the Romanian Civil Society in 2018 for their mobile inclusive playground.

How is the Air Liquide Foundation involved?

The Air Liquide Foundation contributed to the installation of the playground at a home for disabled children and the creation of a sensory garden.

PROJECT DETAILS

  • Project Leader: Asociaţia Metodelor Alternative de Integrare Sociala
  • Location : Bucarest, Romania
  • Year of Support: 2017
  • Sponsor : Mircea Pirvu, Marketing Director, Air Liquide Romania