What’s the Story behind Universally Accessible Playgrounds in Los Angeles?

by Lisa Newton at Trave

Have you ever seen or visited a children’s playground that looked different than other ones you have seen before? Well, you would be correct in your observation.  A Universally Accessible Playground is where children of all physical abilities and disabilities can play side-by-side.

They’re recognizable due to their much used colorful ramps, wide bridges, lots of sand, spinning wheels, hand operated toys, and many more features.

Not all playgrounds look like this, but the ones with the “Universally Accessible” label do, and that’s because out of one family’s calamity, hope was given to other kids to be able to play with other children notwithstanding their physical abilities:

What started as a tragedy continues today as hope and inspiration. Upon the death of her two-week old son Shane, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy (a disorder that would have left him severely disabled had he survived), Catherine Curry-Williams and her husband Scott had a heartbreak just as devastating as a similar story on the East Coast– Amy Jaffe Barzach’s infant son Jonathan died of a similar disorder; Amy then started a non-profit organization, Boundless Playgrounds. Continue reading here

What’s the Story behind Universally Accessible Playgrounds in Los Angeles?.

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