Shane’s Inspiration playgrounds: a boon to ALL kids

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A well-constructed playground is much more than a place for kids to play—it is a place to develop skills and physical fitness as well as an area to socialize and make new friends. I recently became aware of an organization that is filling the needs of normal, developing children as well as those with disabilities: Shane’s Inspiration. To garner firsthand information regarding Shane’s Inspiration, I spoke with co-founder and CEO of the organization Tiffany Harris. She not only described the current status of the organization but also noted that their 15th Annual Gala “Carnivále of Play” will be held on March 5 at the Globe Theatre, Universal Studios Hollywood and tickets are currently available.

Universal Design (UD) is an approach to design that increases the potential for developing a better quality of life for a wide range of individuals. It is a design process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness, and social participation (Steinfeld and Maisel, 2012). It creates products, systems, and environments to be as usable as possible by as many people as possible regardless of age, ability or situation.