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Under new federal requirements in the Americans with Disabilities Act, playgrounds built after March 14, 2012 are now required to meet accessibility standards including wheelchair friendly surfaces, braille or textured materials for children with vision impairments and equipment to accommodate children with physical disabilities. National Public Radio (NPR) recently launched a community-edited guide to finding and identifying accessible playgrounds across the nation.

Check out the complete article and download the app today.

The App: How to Participate

“Playgrounds for Everyone” is designed to be a community-edited guide to accessible playgrounds. NPR’s news apps team has identified 1300 and counting nationwide. Many more are unaccounted for. To participate:

  1. Identify accessible playgrounds, and add them to the database. Do any have smooth, resilient surfaces that are accessible to wheelchairs, or are their surfaces sand or wood chips, which wheelchairs cannot navigate?
  2. Characterize the local play opportunities for disabled children. There is space on each playground page to add comments, tips and even photos of key features.
  3. Provide feedback. Go to the accessible playgrounds app, test it out, add to it and comment.


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