Do you have an accessible playground in your area?

March 19, 2010 at 7:40 am 3 comments

As an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about accessibility, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with a wide range of people, from age three to 103!  One of my roles has been to provide environmental modifications for children in a school setting.  This not only includes access to the educational curriculum, it also covers their participation in gym class, extracurricular activities, ability to get in/out of the classrooms, safe egress in an emergency as well as use of the school playground.  

KaBoom!® is a company that specializes in creating and building playground spaces.  Years ago, while working for Easter Seals as their Assistive Technology specialist, I had the opportunity to be a part of the building of a KaBoom!® accessible playground for our students.  The experience was amazing. 

Although the company’s main goal is to promote play for all children, what is not discussed is how these playgrounds also benefit parents with disabilities.  Each playground is a bit different, but they provide an accessible entrance/exit to the playground area, as well as to the playground activities.   

Do you know if you have an accessible playground in your area?  KaBoom!® is trying to keep track of these playgrounds to be an online locator resource.  Check out this link to states that potentially do not have an accessible playground and see if you are on the list!

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  • 1. Gael Tannenbaum  |  March 19, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    What a wonderful website (Kaboom.com). Thank you so much for pointing us there! We are lucky to have several accessible playgrounds in our area of CT. I have also recently been impressed with our local school’s accessibility to those in a wheelchair. Great that some school systems realize they need people like you to help them plan proper accessibility. (BTW, thanks so much for changing your blog colors!!)

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  • 2. Mara Kaplan  |  March 20, 2010 at 10:04 am

    Here is another website that has a directory of accessible playgrounds: http://www.accessibleplayground.net. If you know of a website that isn’t in the directory let us know. Also if you have more information about a playground already listed we want to know that as.

    Accessibleplayground.net is more than a directory there are articles on how to build an accessible playgrounds, stories of how other people did it, fundraising ideas, featured pieces of equipment.

    In the next month, it is going to greatly expand–so I hope you will take the time to visit.

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  • 3. Lauri  |  April 14, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Looks cool. Check out this company’s Playground Equipment. Wow!

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