Why Can't Playgrounds Be For Special Needs Kids Too?

“How come we never see a child with a disability at a park?”

This casual remark from the parent of a child with a developmental disability inspired the idea of Kilikili, an organization dedicated to creating play spaces for ALL children, including those with disabilities. The founders of Kilikili realized that while some parks have ramps or smooth pathways, almost no parks or playgrounds have specially designed equipment for children with special needs. Watch this inspiring video to see how Kilikili is helping lay the foundation for a more inclusive society.

Additional Resources:

  • Here is an article about Kilikili and their amazing efforts.
  • Here is a website for another group that wants to create playgrounds for all kinds of kids.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What would it be like to have a disability? What parts of a playground might your disability keep you from enjoying?
  • Do you know any kids with disabilities? Do they like to play just like you do?

Take Action:

  • Get to know a disabled person. Learn what you can do to help make his or life a little easier!
  • Check out the Kilikili website to find out how you can help encourage special needs playgrounds in your community!

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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