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The Most Inclusive Playground in the Country Opens – And it’s Magical

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:27 PM by Jessica Cooper   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 3:46 PM ]

Where can a blind child, a child in a wheelchair, a sister with autism or brother with Down syndrome play with other families equally, and be part of their community? The Magical Bridge Playground.

Original Source: by Good News Network - April 21, 2015

In Palo Alto, the most innovative and inclusive–and expensive– playground in the country opened on Saturday. It’s a wonderland for young and old alike where there are no barriers to fun.

The idea was birthed by a mother (of course). Olenka Villareal had to drive 12 miles and pay $150 so her child with developmental disabilities could play on a swing.

It took six years of planning, but this mom raised $4 million, most of it privately, to bring the Magical Bridge Playground to life.

Some of the features include an entirely smooth surface – no sand or mulch to limit access to wheels or walkers – overly large safety swings and slides, merry-go-rounds built at ground level for wheelchairs, and lazy boy swings for parents to gently rock kids in their arms.

R2-D2 Does Dance With Boy In Wheelchair At Star Wars Convention

posted Feb 17, 2010, 9:17 PM by Jessica Cooper   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 3:37 PM ]

Original source: 

The Huffington Post  |  By Cameron Keady

Posted: 04/20/2015 2:04 pm EDT Updated: 04/20/2015 2:59 pm EDT

You don’t need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to have an out-of-this world experience.

At the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California, on Thursday, R2-D2 thrilled a young boy in a wheelchair by rolling up to him for some playtime. The fan-made unit sent the Star Wars enthusiast into a fit of giggles, beeping and following his movements as the boy wheeled around the room. The two new friends fell into unison, spinning and wheeling around together in a little dance.

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