|More than shooting some hoops, shoot some stories with a new friend or a trusted buddy.|
Playgrounds are meant to be enjoyed by every kid in town. These playgrounds are one of the first social spaces where they learn the little yet profound realities of life. The time spent in crossing monkey bars or simply giggling over a round of rides on a swing or the very first unaided slide thrill rings a certain nostalgia, and a sense of immense achievement in each of us.
Then again, as times change, the United States is faced with yet another challenge in the form of the increasing cases of children with special needs. Studies revealed that 1 out 6 kids are now faced with a winning war against disability which is usually manifested through a form of hampered educational progress. As playtime is an integral part of a child’s learning curve, equipment for play is now being utilized as empowerment spaces for these handicapped kids. Today, every playtime is a precious time for parents, teachers, and even abled kids to reach out and take part in making children with special needs bring out their independence, self-worth, and distinctive productivity to work, and play. Accessible playgrounds for handicapped kids are no longer viewed as luxuries, but as necessities that pave the way to their better and well-equipped future.
The Order of Disorder, A Closer Look
The vastness of disabilities and disorders among school-aged kids are not only confined to the realms of the neither infamous ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) nor within the bounds learning and developmental lapses. More alarmingly, disorders are stemming from the lack of skills in communicating, and troubles in dealing with the most dreaded anxiety episodes.
|Look mom! I can rock without the worry that I might roll!|
|Every child has the right of way, and the right to play.|
The Creative Key: Subtle yet Superb Safety
In the recent years, new laws have been put in place under the aid of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). ADA came up with a guideline that specifically addresses the upgrade of public playgrounds that must showcase equipment that are built around both abled and disabled kids. The aim of this act is to grant all kids the access to facilities that foster creativity while sharpening the physical, mental, and emotional spheres of children especially on their formative years.