BY: SWIKAR OLI
In the city of Kenosha, WI, a joint three-year dream of over 3,000 volunteers, organizers and contributors has come into sharp relief: a playground for children who otherwise had none.
The Dream Playground has swings that fit wheelchairs and move without effort; static-free slides that don’t interfere with hearing aides are connected by accessible ramps; a big sit-down musical instrument for kids that vibrates for those with hearing trouble; accessible merry-go-rounds come with seat locks, and the rubberized floor all around replaces typically-used wood chips, which are tough on crutches and wheelchairs.
Accessible merry-go-rounds come with seat locks, and the rubberized floor all around replaces typically-used wood chips, which are tough on crutches and wheelchairs.
It cost $1 million, the hard work of volunteers and the leadership of one woman. Tammy Conforti, a special needs educator, started the project because she saw the need for inclusiveness.
“I thought of all the children I’ve taught through the years who would benefit from something like this and how important it is that children learn from other children and play. What a better tool for children to use, because that’s how children learn is through play.”
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