Join the 2022 Fair Play for All campaign to make playgrounds inclusive for all kids and their families.
Over 6.7 million kids in the United States have some form of a disability. That’s almost 7 million kids who see traditional playgrounds as insurmountable barriers. And it’s not just the kids. Family members who are aging or have disabilities also have a hard time joining their kids on the playground. And with few inclusive playgrounds around the country, this leaves countless kids and their families on the sidelines when it’s time for fun.
Throughout July, we’ll celebrate play by exploring an inclusive playground in 3 videos, which we’ll post on our Facebook page. You can vote on your favorite piece of inclusive playground equipment at any time during the month. Everyone who votes gets entered to win a free trip!
At the end of July, we’ll pick a random winner, who wins a trip to Morgan’s Wonderland along with three guests of their choice. (One of the most inclusive theme parks in America.) The winner and their three guests will join Holly and Maggie Carmichael to celebrate Maggie’s 9th birthday at the park.
Join Holly and Maggie on a trip as they celebrate Maggie’s 9th birthday at Morgan’s Wonderland! Follow our Facebook for annoucements and updates.
Morgan’s Wonderland is the One and Only Ultra-Accessible™ theme park. There’s something fun for everyone. It’s located in San Antonio, Texas.
Select the link below to vote on your favorite part of an inclusive playground. Then, reserve the week of September 19, 2022, on your calendar. We’ll announce the winners on the Disability Garrison Podcast on July 26.
Throughout July, watch the videos introducing inclusive playground equipment.
When prompted, vote on your favorite piece of inclusive playground equipment. Enter your email address so we can contact you if you win the random drawing.
Reserve the week of September 19, 2022, on your calendar. If you win, this is the week of your trip!
Tune in to the Disability Garrison podcast episode on July 26 to hear the winners announced. The podcast is a safe place to discuss issues that people with disabilities face.
A few years ago, there was not a single ADA-compliant playground in St. Joseph County, Michigan. Maggie has a rare disease called PMM2-CDG. And to play, she had to get out of her wheelchair and onto wood chips during recess. She would then come home with splinters. She also couldn’t access any of the swings or slides.
Holly stepped up and spoke with the local school board about building a playground. One that all children could enjoy. After three years of studying, reading, summarizing research, and citing resources to the school district, Holly became an accessible, inclusive playground designer. She designed the first ADA-compliant playground in St. Joseph County. A place for Maggie and everyone in the community to enjoy.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990. It’s an incredible act that protects the civil rights of all people with disabilities.
July 26, 2022, marks the 32nd anniversary of this landmark legislation. It’s done so much for people with disabilities across the U.S. But while there is a lot to celebrate, there’s also an opportunity for doing even more. This includes further education on the importance of inclusion. Particularly for kids and their families.
According to the most recent U.S. Census, nearly one in five people have a disability. And 13% of children enrolled in public school (about 6.7 million) receive special education services.
Despite this, most playgrounds aren’t designed so kids or their family members with disabilities can safely have fun. It’s time to change that.