Most playgrounds in Minnesota are not accessible to, nor safe for, children who have disabilities. Play is a critical part of development for kids of all ages, and children with disabilities should have access to playgrounds, just like all other kids in our communities. Playgrounds that are inclusive of all types of disabilities would help to ensure that no one is left out and all children play safely side-by-side. They would support the developmental needs of the whole child, including physical, cognitive, sensory, and social development.
Investing in bonding projects that help build safe, inclusive playgrounds across Minnesota will result in long-term, positive benefits for all children, and help children with disabilities foster true belonging in community from an early age.