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Published on March 19th 2019
Shirley Ordonio: Making playgrounds accessible for disabled children

Shirley Ordonio
Shirley Ordonio
Photo: youtube.com

Shirley, of Curitiba, Brazil has twin daughters, one of whom was born with cerebral palsy.

Hoping the two girls could play together at the local playground, Shirley learned a harsh lesson:

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Her local playground, like many playgrounds everywhere had no equipment for disabled children.


playground equipment for special needs children
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Determined to change that Shirley pursued her local government to invest in equipment disabled children could use.

It took five-years, but last November, Shirley’s park added accessible playground equipment and soon special needs children were happily playing there.


special needs playground equipment in use around the world
Photo: unicef.org

The response has been so strong, that Brazil is now looking to add special needs equipment in parks across the nation.

Can one person really make such a difference? In a 3-minute video you can see Shirley and her new playground https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDXdl_fPvEU.

Editor's Note: To see Shirley on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/shiordonio. Thank you to my friend Erika Schlesinger for sharing this story with us.

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