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Most Parents Support Inclusive Playgrounds, But Few Live Near Them

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NEARLY 80-PERCENT OF AMERICANS SUPPORT INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS, FOR CHILDREN OF ALL PHYSICAL AND COGNITIVE ABILITIES.  BUT, ONLY ABOUT ONE-IN-SIX HAVE ACCESS TO ONE OF THESE PLAYGROUNDS, IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO A RECENT SURVEY COMMISSIONED BY "LANDSCAPE STRUCTURES"--THE LEADING MANUFACTURER OF COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUND-EQUIPMENT.  ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY, INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS PROVIDE A COMFORTABLE AND ENGAGING SPACE, FOR CHILDREN OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES--INCLUDING THOSE WITH PHYSICAL OR COGNITIVE DISABILITIES, AND SENSORY-PROCESSING OR DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS, LIKE AUTISM.  THESE PLAYGROUNDS OFFER MORE ACCESSIBILITY THAN CONVENTIONAL TYPES--AND ALSO FEATURE SENSORY-STIMULATING EQUIPMENT, SUCH AS MUSICAL ELEMENTS OR SAND-FEATURES.  WHY ARE THE SURVEY'S FINDINGS IMPORTANT?  THE COMPANY BELIEVES THAT THIS DISPARITY BETWEEN SUPPORT FOR INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUNDS--AND ACTUAL ACCESS TO THEM--SHOWS THAT MORE MUST BE DONE, TO CREATE WELCOMING SPACES FOR CHILDREN OF ALL ABILITIES.  IT ADDS THAT PARENTS WHO WANT TO MAKE INCLUSIVE PLAY AVAILABLE IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD NEED TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE.  TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "PLAY-L-S-I"-DOT-COM.


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