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Play Africa is a non-profit organisation. it creates opportunities for young children and families to come together through play at Constitution Hill and in other public spaces around Johannesburg.

As part of World Autism Awareness month Play Africa is launching a new Sensory Play exhibit, a unique hands-on play environment created especially for children with autism and their families. 

This proudly South African children’s museum exhibit  is designed to be easily transportable, and can be set up to serve children around the country in schools, community centres, even parks. 

“All children have the right to play, but all too often children with special needs are not considered in places designed for children’s play in South Africa,” said Gretchen Wilson-Prangley, founder and CEO of Play Africa. “We’re thrilled to be offering this special environment to children with autism and their families, because we’re passionate about pioneering inclusive play spaces that celebrate difference and cater to a range of learning styles and abilities.”

The unique Sensory Play exhibit, consisting of a textured wall designed with a baobab, springbok, blue crane, and king proteas, was developed by Play Africa in partnership with Autism South Africa, other local autism specialists and local design firm Counterspace, with input from families with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 

“Play Africa’s Sensory Play exhibit is an incredible initiative that will help South Africans understand and accept one another — not just children with autism but all children with disabilities and differences,” said Vicky Lamb, national education facilitator with Autism South Africa, the national body for autism in South Africa.  

Its Sensory Play exhibit offers children with autism and other sensory integration challenges a place to come together to play with their siblings, parents and caregivers. To meet the special needs of children with autism, Play Africa will offer the exhibit in environments with reduced sound, designated quiet spaces, extra visual signage and sensory aids. 

Click here to find out more about this wonderful exhibit which will be open to members of the public for free at Constitution Hill from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm: starting on Saturday May 5th on selected days.

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