Advocate. Win $1000.

Join the contest, July 26th – August 26th, 2020

 

This year marks 30 years since the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) began taking steps toward inclusion in the United States.

We want to help you and your community take another step forward by creating inclusive playgrounds in your community. That’s why we’re launching the #FairPlayForAll advocacy contest.

To join the contest, submit a 2-minute video about how your community needs an accessible and inclusive playground and how you plan to advocate for the project.

Submit this video between July 26, 2020 (starting 8 a.m. EST) and August 26 (at 11:59 p.m. EST)

Three winners will receive a $1000 advocacy check and free mentoring from GT staff. Let’s make inclusion a reality in our communities.

 

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$1000

advocacy check

 

Free

mentoring from GT staff

What You Can Win

We will select three winners who will each receive free mentorship from GT staff about how to advocate for an inclusive, accessible playground—along with a $1,000 prize.

Your GT mentors are experienced GT Independence employees, who would provide counsel and guidance during the advocacy process.

Videos are subject to review and may be disqualified if deemed inappropriate. Please refer to Official Rules for details on the giveaway and claiming the prize. The winners will be contacted by GT Independence once selected and each must accept the prize within 5 calendar days.

How to Participate

Enter by sharing a short (no more than 2 minute) video that highlights the need in your local area for an accessible and inclusive playground. Your video must also give a preliminary plan about how you will advocate for that project in your community.

For your entry to be accepted, you must take the following steps:

 

  1. Create a video (no more than 2 minutes in length) posted as a public Facebook post from your personal Facebook profile.
  2. In the video, address three questions:
    • Why is an accessible and inclusive playground important?
    • What is the name of the city and park?
    • Who will you enlist to help advocate for an accessible, inclusive playground?
  3. The public Facebook post must include the following:
    • The hashtags #FairPlayForAll and #ThanksToTheADA
    • A tag (@) of the GT Independence Facebook page for consideration and judging
  4. Submit the entry online between July 26, 2020 at 8 a.m. EST and August 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST. All online entries must be submitted by August 26 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Why Inclusive Playgrounds?

Passed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides civil rights protections to all people with disabilities.

July 26, 2020, marks the 30th anniversary of this landmark legislation. This legislation has increased access and opportunity for people with disabilities in workplaces and communities across the U.S.

While there is a lot to celebrate, there is also an opportunity for further education on the importance of accessibility and inclusion— particularly for our nation’s youth.

According to the most recent U.S. Census, nearly one in five people have a disability. This means that 13% of children enrolled in public school (about 6.7 million) receive special education services.

Despite this, the design of most urban play areas excludes a significant portion of the population. A population that playgrounds were built to serve—and it’s time to change that.

Hear From a Mom Who Made a Difference

 

Just one person can have a huge impact on inclusion in communities. Check out how Holly Carmichael, COO of GT Independence, and her daughter Maggie, successfully advocated for an inclusive, accessible playground in their hometown.

 

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