Universal Collaborative Play

Play is for everyone! The Universal Playgroup creates opportunities for team play and access to open-source inclusive design for all. The Universal Playgroup started as a re-imagining of a work and play space that is intended for all abilities. An all-abilities space was crucial because the physical play space directly impacts how quickly and efficiently participants of all abilities can immerse in team-play. The Universal Playgroup team consists of experienced educators, students and researchers. We design play scenarios that integrate technology in ambient ways to allow for the environment to infer context and participant intentions. The goal is to promote team work and elevate people, not assistive technology, in the interaction. Our play technology is designed to support everyone’s participation rather than isolate users from the team experience.