The best playground ever

We went to the most accessible playground in the universe last week. The massive, ramp laden, sensory filled, bouncy astro turf covered, shaded, structures made this Rockport, Massachusetts school playground, the best I have ever seen. The twins were just as content cruising and crawling on the low ramps as the local Tweens were playing a dungeons and dragons game on the seven different slides and high ramps. I could picture some of my students with autism grooving out on the attached, spinning objects and my favorite kid in a wheelchair could navigate the entire structure. What’s the point? This playground is an incredible example of Universal Design. It is a symbol that everyone in that community has a right to interact on equal ground.
How do we provide equal ground to people in our communities, so that everyone has equal access to Parent Teacher Organizations, schools, places of worship, the parking lot and…..?

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