There are some thing in life that people can unintentionally take for granted. For instance, having a place for children to play may seem like a given, but for parents of children who use wheelchairs, or that may have a hearing or visual impairment, finding a safe-haven to play can be quite difficult.
Students at are realizing this, and have teamed up with Accessible Play to raise money for a special playground designed to allow children of all abilities to play side-by-side called
The students, members of Future Educators Association (FEA), will collaborate with , to help in building Angie’s Playground, which will be the first universally inclusive playground in North St. Louis County.
Karyn Jones, president of Hazelwood West’s FEA chapter, said all children deserve a place to play outside.
“I can’t imagine, as a kid, not having a playground that was safe and accessible,” she said. “If we can help just a little with these T-shirts, we can make a difference in people’s lives.”
The T-shirts were designed in Hazelwood West’s functional skills program, and illustrate what the perfect playground might look like. They are $12, and are available in four different colors. Contact Denise Inman, Hazelwood West's FEA sponsor to purchase shirts at 314-653-8297 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
All proceeds will be donated to Accessible Play, Inc.
About Angie's Playground
Angie’s Playground will be located at Manion Park in Florissant, and will include Braille signage, wide ramps, rubber surfaces, shade structures, transfer stations to assist children in wheelchairs, and a pavilion with restrooms.
Accessible Play President Gary Behlmann became a champion for the accessible paly concept in the '90s. Angie’s Playground is named after Behlmann’s daughter, Angie, who died from cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus complications.
For more information about Accessible Play, contact Gary Behlmann at 314-831-3264.