Who could forget running around the playground when you were a child? From the monkey bars to the slide and seeing who could swing the highest. We can all remember what it was like. All the energy we burned and the friends we made. Playing helps teach children how to interact with one another, create friendships and navigate relationships, however, children whose disabilities keep them from using playgrounds and those opportunities can be lost.
There are new federal requirements (Americans with Disabilities Act) which are changing playground access. Public playgrounds are required to incorporate material and designs that offer children with disabilities the same play opportunities as the average children.
With the help of parents, communities and local government, new playgrounds are being redesigned so that every child can have the opportunity to make a friend.