Digital Inclusion firefox Internet Health
Web Accessibility: What a Playground Can Teach Us
Michaela Smiley (Thayer)
May 14, 2019
In West Hartford, Connecticut, the Jonathan’s Dream playground is accessible for all families and children, those with and without disabilities alike. Kids play basketball with hoops of varying heights, suitable for those in and out of wheelchairs. Swings with torso support enable those with limited upper body strength or mobility to enjoy the classic back-and-forth fun that other kids find easily at typical neighborhood playgrounds. And, instruments and reading exhibits built into the playground foster inclusive play, where every child is welcomed and benefits physically, socially and emotionally.
Amy and Peter Barzach, the creators of Jonathan’s Dream, conceived of the playground in 1996 in honor of their son, and they later founded Boundless Playgrounds to make inclusive, accessible spaces for children more commonplace.
Jonathan’s Dream sets an example for everyone looking to create inclusive products, including those building for web accessibility. The playground teaches us [...]