Building Inclusion through Play 05/06/2013
How you can help build inclusion in your community.
Livvi's Place Ryde - Grand Opening 03/02/2013
What's Happening - Sunday 3rd December
Inclusive Play with the Nation's Capital 16/01/2013
Boundless Canberra Partners with Touched by Olivia
Illawarra to get an inclusive playground 16/10/2012
All the kids will be able to play
Launching in Victoria 30/08/2012
St Albans to be home of our next inclusive playground.
Livvi's Place Ryde about to kick off 22/08/2012
Construction to commence on our newest inclusive playground
INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND TO LAUNCH IN VICTORIA 27/07/2012
CommBank support the creation of a special place for all to play
Where do social entrepreneurs play 20/02/2012
Forming Circles pledges $25,000 to Livvi's Place Ryde
Christmas Wrap 19/12/2011
How you've made our dreams come true
Funding realises dream of play for all 05/12/2011
Federal endorsement of strategy announced at Playability
TBO nominated for National Disability Award 14/10/2011
Recognition for Inclusive Communities
We've WON! World Leisure Innovation Award 23/09/2011
Livvi's Place Inclusive Play Strategy wins International Award
Where does your money go? 18/07/2011
Raising vital funds for rare disease in children
New Playground For Brisbane Community 26/06/2011
Hawthorne Park opens Livvi's Place six months after the floods
Politicians along for the Ryde 17/06/2011
Journey for Inclusive Playground closer to reality
Fifth Butterfly Ball raises funds for sick kids 29/05/2011
Over $190,000 for final Ball
Livvi's Place Dubbo Launched 30/03/2011
First Regional All Abilities Playground in Australia
Butterfly Ball 2011 29/03/2011
Viva Las Vegas
Butterfly Day 19/11/2010
Livvi's Place celebrates 1st Birthday
Butterfly Ball 2010 15/05/2010
Disco Dancing gets Donations!
Family Fun Fair 2009 15/11/2009
Great day out for the whole family
Jay Laga'aia Appointed Ambassador for Touched By Olivia Foundation 22/09/2009
Star of Australian Children's TV
Butterfly Ball 2009 02/05/2009
An Enchanted Evening
Brisbane's Butterfly Ball 2008 29/02/2008
QLD'ers raise almost $250k!
Family Fun Fair 2007 18/11/2007
$40,000 raised for All Abilities Playground!
5ks for Kids 17/06/2007
5km walk in memory of Olivia
Launch Event - Butterfly Ball 30/03/2007
Over $200k raised!
The sun shone all day Saturday as we hosted the national event for International Day of People with Disability, "Playability" on our flagship inclusive playground, Livvi's Place at Five Dock. Visitors were treated to a free day of fun thanks to our sponsors, Endeavour Foundation, Warwick Williams Real Estate, Canada Bay Club, FAHCSIA and City of Canada Bay.
Undoubtably, the highlight of Playability was a very special announcement from Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas. Below is the press release from her department:
"An all-abilities playground built in memory of a young New South Wales girl whose life ended at the age of 8 months from a rare illness was today a place of celebration as part of International Day of People with Disability.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers, Senator Jan McLucas today joined in the family fun at Livvi’s Place, the first all-abilities playground for children established by the Touched by Olivia Foundation, where she announced funding for the development of inclusive playground guidelines across the country.
“All children should have the opportunity to play, to have fun in a park or playground, to be amongst friends,” Senator McLucas said.
“Livvi’s Place is where children and parents of all abilities and ages can play side-by-side.”
“The Foundation is working to establish nationally accepted and endorsed Inclusive Play Design guidelines and I’m pleased to announce that the Gillard Government will provide $50,000 to support this great work. “
Inclusive playground features include soft fall rubber flooring, visual and audio stimulation and is configured to maximise creative, physical, social and cognitive play. The unique design enables children and parents of all abilities and ages to play side-by-side on the same equipment in a safe, secure environment.
“Livvi’s Place is a wonderful example of ‘how to’ build truly inclusive playgrounds and we want to use this as a model for playgrounds all over Australia.”
“It’s not only built for people with physical disabilities, but also to cater for the needs of people with autism and intellectual disabilities.”
“We hope councils and builders will find the guidelines useful in developing more inclusive playgrounds.”
John and Justine Perkins founded the Touched by Olivia Foundation in 2006 in memory of their daughter Olivia to improve the health and happiness of children, raising funds and building playgrounds for children of all abilities.
Since then, the Foundation has built and opened four playgrounds with another eight under development, and 42 planned for communities around Australia.
“The Touched by Olivia Foundation was founded some five years ago following a family tragedy; it just goes to show that wonderful things can come out of terrible circumstances. What a beautiful legacy for Olivia,” Senator McLucas said.
The Touched Olivia Foundation was recognised at the National Disability Awards on November 22 at Parliament House, named a finalist for the Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award category."
We are very grateful to receive the endorsement and funding of our Inclusive Play Design guidelines and are looking forward to working with the leading academics, practitioners, designers and playground users to create them in early 2012.
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