Third-grader Wesley McHugh couldn’t wait to see the new playground at his school in Mandeville, La., near New Orleans. His excitement quickly changed to disappointment when his electric wheelchair was unable to maneuver over the bark-covered surface. During recess, he sat on the sidelines and watched his classmates play.
Wesley, who has nemaline myopathy, graciously accepted another barrier in...
Communities get into the swing so everybody can play!
In 1994, Amy and Peter Barzach took their 3-year-old son, Daniel, to a playground in their town of West Hartford, Conn. While watching him frolic with other kids, run and climb on the equipment, they noticed a little girl sitting at the edge of the playground, as far as she could get in her wheelchair. Amy Barzach recalls the child's trembling chin and quiet tears.