Motivational monday: Accessible playgrounds mean more than access
A contributor The Mighty blog clarifies for us that accessible doesn’t mean inclusive,
“One important point that needs to be made is that accessible doesn’t mean all children can enjoy the playground. In other words, accessible doesn’t mean inclusive. This is an important distinction because while playgrounds are more accessible these days than they used to be, they are still missing the mark.”
She doesn’t encourage your city to go out and spend large amounts of money tomorrow, she says that small changes over time cannot only make your local playground accessible but inclusive and that is what we really want for our kids- getting there is one thing but enjoying it with our friends is another. ”
Help your town understand that while an all-inclusive playground is very expensive, it’s OK to start small and make changes that have a big impact. Something as simple as replacing the rubber mulch in the example above with something more wheelchair-friendly would really help the playground become more inclusive since it already has special equipment in place.”
Contact your local Center for Independent Living if you want some specific suggestions to bring to your city representatives.