The Maryland Department of Disabilities & the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council released the Framework and Toolkit for Inclusive Playgrounds in Maryland.
The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council (Council) and the Maryland Department of Disabilities (MDOD) released the Framework and Toolkit for Inclusive Playgrounds in Maryland.
While Maryland has many “accessible” playgrounds, these spaces often just meet the minimum access levels required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This means people with disabilities can access a part of the playground, but not all of it. This effort is aimed at developing more inclusive playgrounds that allow people with and without disabilities to learn and play together without barriers.
According to the press release:
“This framework will help communities across Maryland create more spaces that are truly welcoming and inclusive so all Marylanders can learn and play together,” said Rachel London, Executive Director of the Council. “We are excited to partner with MDOD and make our state a leader in inclusive recreation.”
“We are pleased to make this resource available to local neighborhoods and communities, cities and counties, and private and faith-based organizations,” said Carol A. Beatty, Secretary of MDOD. “We want to be a partner in creating spaces where everyone can come together and have fun.”