Playgrounds http://wesa.fm en Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds http://wesa.fm/post/transitioning-new-generation-playgrounds <p>Narrow slides and flimsy swings are what most people think of when they hear the word playground. But based on a 2010 court ruling, those trademarks of the past are changing. The US Department of Justice made access to play areas a civil right under the Americans with Disabilities Act and new standards took effect last year.</p><p>Public Source Reporter <a href="http://publicsource.org/author/halle-stockton">Halle Stockton</a> reports that the playgrounds that are required to make these changes are new or majorly reformed playgrounds that began modifications after March 15.</p><p>But many playgrounds have already altered their equipment to fit the needs of all children. Some of these changes include a smooth ground surface that's usually rubberized to prevent injuries. You'll also find play structures with ramps along with wide pathways so that children on wheelchairs or a cane can maneuver throughout. The swings also have “rollercoaster seats” to provide back support for children with low muscle tone. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 19:45:58 +0000 Nick Frost 18111 at http://wesa.fm Transitioning to a New Generation of Playgrounds Playgrounds Unwelcoming to Disabled Children http://wesa.fm/post/playgrounds-unwelcoming-disabled-children <p>Missy Buss, a 9-year-old who can&rsquo;t walk or talk, endures a 45-minute drive to the closest swing that will accommodate a wheelchair -- a treat that relaxes her shoulders and coaxes a smile.</p><p>Her mom, Wendy Grossman, thinks there would be more friends around the house if a playground near their Tarentum home allowed Missy to play alongside others.</p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:55:02 +0000 Halle Stockton | PublicSource 17993 at http://wesa.fm Playgrounds Unwelcoming to Disabled Children Nationwide, An Effort to Make Playgrounds More Accessible http://wesa.fm/post/nationwide-effort-make-playgrounds-more-accessible <p>There is a growing national movement, spurred at least in part by a federal mandate, to build playgrounds that are designed to include children with disabilities.</p><p>In 2011, the Department of Justice adopted revisions to the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. One of the changes by the Justice Department to the ADA involves playgrounds that are used by children ages 2 and older in a variety of public settings, including school yards.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 18:35:04 +0000 Kevin Gavin 15528 at http://wesa.fm Nationwide, An Effort to Make Playgrounds More Accessible