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Maria Prellwitz
Maria Prellwitz

Maria Prellwitz

Associate Professor, International Coordinator
Luleå University of Technology
Occupational therapy
Division of Health, Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department of Health Sciences
+46 (0)920 493861
S117 Luleå
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Research project: Playgrounds accessibility and usability for children with different abilities

To build playgrounds from official rules and guidelines is a first step towards making this environment accessible however play is also a social experience and therefore it is not enough just to remove the physical barriers. Playgrounds need to be play areas that also improves social inclusion. If a playground provides physical access without creating social access this could actually emphasize a child’s disabilities rather than their capabilities. This makes it even more important to listen to children with disabilities and to find out how to make playgrounds that are physical accessible and that promotes social interaction. Please see the website below:

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Article in journal

Children’s perceptions of playing on inclusive playgrounds (2020)

A qualitative study
Wenger. I, Schulze. C, Lundström. U, Prellwitz. M
Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Article in journal

A haptic navigation aid for individuals with visual impairments (2019)

Indoor and outdoor feasibility evaluations of the LaserNavigator
Röijezon. U, Prellwitz. M, Ahlmark. D, van Deventer. J, Nikolakopoulos. G, Hyyppä. K
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, Vol. 113, nr. 2, s. 194-201
Article in journal

From Policy to Play Provision (2018)

Universal Design and the Challenges of Inclusive Play
Lynch. H, Moore. A, Prellwitz. M
Children, Youth and Environments, Vol. 28, nr. 2, s. 12-34
Article in journal

The state of play in children's occupational therapy (2018)

A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland
Lynch. H, Prellwitz. M, Schulze. C, Moore. A
British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 81, nr. 1, s. 42-50