Just as playgrounds didn't even make the priority list of most of those responding to Katrina, they all too often slip off the radar of those building our schools, designing our neighborhoods, and drafting government budgets.
I urge D.C. to bring the adaptive swing back to Chevy Chase Playground and to include at least some adaptive equipment in all future playground renovations. These small acts would provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play.
Research indicates that children who live near a park are less likely to be overweight than kids without a park nearby. Ensuring our kids have safe places to play can be a simple part of a solution to our crisis of obesity.