by Rob Kauffman
Working to ensure all kids and their families can enjoy the benefits of play, the state House recently approved legislation that would improve playground accessibility for children with disabilities.
House Bill 1173 would require the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) to prioritize grant funding to park and recreation construction projects that establish or upgrade playgrounds for the inclusion of children with disabilities.
Research shows play is crucial to a child’s physical, social, cognitive and emotional development; however, children with disabilities tend to be excluded from some forms of play because of structural barriers in typical playgrounds. The bill aims to address those barriers.
It now goes to the Senate for consideration.