Mum completes mission to make Narrogin more inclusive with coreboards

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Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
Emma Peddey with her son and one of the core boards installed at East Narrogin Primary School.
Camera IconEmma Peddey with her son and one of the core boards installed at East Narrogin Primary School.

A local woman’s mission to promote inclusion in the playground has proved successful as the final coreboards were installed across Narrogin’s parks.

At the weekend, Emma Peddey’s final coreboards were installed at five more parks, bringing the total to 12.

Ms Peddey’s Coreboards for Community Inclusion involves the installation of bright, bold pictorial boards, which allow people with communication difficulties to construct sentences and communicate through pointing at the pictures representing various nouns, pronouns, adjectives and verbs.

Ms Peddey, who has a child with a severe speech delay, had seen how the coreboards could foster inclusion in playgrounds.

“Grandparents with stroke or Parkinson’s who have speech issues, people with autism who find symbol communication more easily understandable and for those with literacy and English as a second language find the universal symbols give them a way to communicate basic ideas, requests and commands,” she said.

Another coreboard installed in Narrogin.
Camera IconAnother coreboard installed in Narrogin.

The first boards installed at parks across town were funded as a result of the ARTS Narrogin Pitch and Plate event last year.

This generated interest in the community and subsequent Shire of Narrogin Community Chest funding. Ms Peddey said each coreboard was designed to be specific to the park it was placed in to describe the equipment and activities.

The Gnarojin community garden also received a customised board because it is the site of many inclusive activities in the community including the Memory Cafe for people with dementia and their carers.

Ms Peddey would love to see other towns take on the initiative and would be happy to help.

“There are many venues that could benefit from accessible signage to aid all in our community to be included,” she said.

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