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Making Playgrounds Accessible & Inclusive for All

  After reading an interesting article from a mother frustrated with the accessibility options of a new playground in her community, it reminds us all to keep accessibility and inclusive play at the forefront of our minds when designing our playground equipment. Commercial playground equipment manufacturers today have taken great steps forward in providing new and exciting options that cater to children with a wide range of challenges, whether it be physical, mental or social.  It is our responsibility as community members and mentors to provide a play space that promotes inclusive play for all children. Providing accessibility to playground equipment entails more than just complying with minimum accessibility requirements, standards and laws. It means providing a play space where children of all abilities can experience play together.  With all of the resources and options out there today, there is no reason our playground equipment can’t be exciting for all children. Playground equipment manufacturers have recently introduced a barrage of new ADA products including double wide ramps, accessible merry-go-rounds, therapeutic swing seats, and sensory panels that feature sound, music, and interaction.  Plus, more exciting options are becoming available every day! Not all of us our experts on accessibility, and we don’t have to be.  ... Read more