Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Accessible Playgrounds

Girl in a wheelchair at a pretend storefront

NPR did a story on Accessible Playgrounds and they have created an app http://apps.npr.org/playgrounds/ to help people locate playgrounds that have special features for children with disabilities, including those with visual impairments or other challenges.  Blogger Liamsmom shared her ideas for creating an accessible playground in her post Creating a DIY Playground for Our Son Who Is Deafblind.  

 

Sounds chimes on a playground

NPR mentions looking for playgrounds with sound-play features, such as chimes, drums, or other things that make music or noise.

 

 

 

braille and sign language on a playground

 

 

They also mention including braille components, such as the ones featured in the photo on the right.

 

 

 

 

Do you know of an accessible playground that is especially designed for children with visual impairments?   We are looking for examples of ones that incorporate braille elements and other features for children who are blind or who have low vision.  Let us know what you find!

 

Accessible Playgrounds collage