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Child's Play

social work graduate students

Four social work graduate students are making a Mansfield playground more accessible to special needs children. Liz Farias, Amanda Kruse, Laura Zavala, and Chidi Onyekanne started the effort as part of a class project and now are helping install sensory, tactile tables and wheelchair-accessible equipment at Katherine Rose Memorial Park. “We noticed that many parks claim to be inclusive,” Farias says. “However, they only meet the minimum requirements of the ADA, that includes the premises being wheelchair accessible. We wanted to advocate for modified equipment to truly make a playground all-inclusive.”