According to the CHARLESTON, W.Va (WCHS / WVAH) news reporter, soon in the Kanawha State Forest, West Virginia, there will be a new first of its kind playground especially made for children with disabilities.
It is estimated through the recent health statistics, that in West Virginians there are nearly 40% of people are living with intellectual disabilities. Andrew Bungard's mother Allison Bungard is very interested in the new inclusive playground.
According to Allison, as her son is going through Cerebral Palsy and if there is a safe place where her son can play, this thing is like bringing the world to her.
In a few months, with the help of the Spotted Salamander Trail, there will be new play equipment at the Kanawha State Forest. For children with disabilities who want to experience the swing for them especially, there will be an accessible swing along with other play structures. Ms. Bungard is looking forward to the wheelchair platform swing.
Bungard said, "One of the blessings of raising our son has been to see how excited he gets to do something that he has seen other children use or participate in that he hasn't been able to do so."
Along with the play equipment, the Kanawha State Forest Foundation is also planning to give the whole playground a new upgrade. And to make the surface comfortable for the wheelchair users, they are going to remove the old wood mulch and put a new rubber foundation.
Till now the foundation has reached $60,000 but to complete the project they need more $20,000. But they are planning to complete it by May 2020, said Jennifer Bauman.
This playground will help her son to know his other skills like taking turns and sharing, Bungard added.
Andrew's mother said it's very normal when a child who is living with disabilities can have issues enjoying him or her self at the playground. But at the same time, children without disabilities get more experience in a playground.
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