Leading Edge Resources: Getting to the Community –
Access, Technology and Universal Design and Family Support
Boundless Playgrounds is the first national nonprofit dedicated to helping communities create extraordinary playgrounds where all children, with and without disabilities, can develop essential skills for life as they learn together through play. http://boundlessplaygrounds.org/
Founded in 1997 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1998, the organization has helped more than 80 communities establish Boundless Playgrounds in 21 states and Canada with dozens more currently in development throughout the U.S.
Boundless Playgrounds are different from traditional playgrounds because 1) they are barrier-free and 2) they are configured to support children's predictable play behaviors. As a result, every Boundless Playground includes a variety of stimulating opportunities for play, with rigor and challenge for children of all abilities. Boundless Playgrounds enable all children – including those with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory disabilities – to experience independent, self-directed play, each at his or her own highest level of ability.
In 2003, Boundless Playgrounds published High Expectations; Playgrounds for Children of All Abilities (Early Childhood Edition), the first in a series of three books on the developmental advantages of play when supported in well-designed play environments. The book has a supporting text CD-ROM for high expectations – "toward developmental advantage".
1n 2003, The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities developed a Transportation Guide to serve as a catalyst for improving transportation opportunities for people with disabilities. It is addressed to people with disabilities, transit providers, and policy makers.
It is based on an underlying principle – by enhancing access to transportation for people with disabilities, community inclusion is increased, and by increasing community inclusion, the quality of life for people with disabilities in Mississippi is significantly improved. Reliable, accessible, flexible transportation that can respond to an individual's full range of daily activities is required for true community inclusion.