The Chicago Park District has gone “all out” to make the parks in Chicago accessible to all Chicagoans.
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Located in San Antonio, Texas, Morgan’s Wonderland is the first of its’ kind. It is the first and only amusement park designed for people with disabilities – both children and adults. Named after founder Gordon Hartman’s daughter (who has an intellectual disability), Morgan’s Wonderland aims to offer everything any guest might enjoy at a theme park, while also appealing to non-disabled visitors.
If a facility is labeled accessible, what exactly does that mean? Wikipedia defines accessible as: ‘able to be reached or entered’, which is what having an accessible building or facility means. If I am a person who uses a wheelchair, I may be able to get into a building or center because of a ramp or a curb cut out that has been strategically placed near the entrance. Because of ADA laws, this facility may have an elevator or an accessible bathroom – but that may be the full extent of the accessibility streak. Just because a center is accessible, doesn’t mean that it is inclusive. A facility that is inclusive goes far beyond the basic idea of people being able to enter the center.
Even though inclusive education has increased, many kids with disabilities still feel excluded during playtime and recess, leaving them on the sidelines as observers and not active participants. Researchers from the University of Leeds engineering and sociology departments are working together to make playtime fun for all kids by taking out the barrier often present when a child has a disability.
Innovative Leadership & Inclusion – A Profile of Inclusive Management in Practice at a Fitness Center Part 1
The concept of innovative leadership has been circulating in school-based literature and other sources. I recently read an article by Tanya Roscorla entitled “The 7 Steps to Innovative Leadership.” Cited principles included “Embracing challenge and driving change through creativity and knowledge.” [i]
“The ADA applies to cruise ships, just as it does to hotels and other entities that offer services to the public,” said Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. “Discrimination against people with disabilities, on land or at sea, will not be tolerated.”
In France, a couple lived in a very old but beautiful house and wanted a new one. While they were looking for an architect, the husband was involved in a terrible car crash that nearly killed him. He survived, but now he would need a wheelchair.