Experts will meet in Canberra to develop a world-first set of national guidelines for building all-inclusive playgrounds across Australia. A $50,000 federal government grant has been awarded to bringing architects, landscape designers, educational researchers and other experts together, to design guidelines to make playgrounds accessible to children with disabilities. Senator Jan McLucas said it was a great idea which will allow all children to access all-inclusive playgrounds across the country. ''This really taps into the psychology of children with disabilities,'' she said. ''It challenges the way we think about playground design.'' The idea to create a set of national guidelines has already garnered attention from overseas, from the World Leisure Organisation. The playground in the Black Mountain Peninsula District Park is to be the first all-inclusive playground in Canberra. It will feature play equipment that stimulates the visual, haptic (touch) and aural senses. University of Canberra and Cranleigh Specialist School staff member, Sheridan Kerr, said the Black Mountain Peninsula development will have equipment for children of all ages. ''We're looking at equipment that can be aimed at a range of kids,'' she said. ''One thing that's really exciting is there's going to be a sound area which incorporates sensory elements.'' Ms McLucas said this area will be either bells or chimes, which children will be able to ring. ''Children with autism can really make use of this because they can make order out of what they're playing with,'' she said. Inclusive Play Guidelines spokesman Garry Henshall said the challenge is to spread the message across the country, and make all inclusive playgrounds more common. ''A lot of people who have been designing playgrounds have probably never even met a disabled child before, and don't understand the challenges,'' he said. The Black Mountain Peninsula District Park playground is expected to be completed by early next year.