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Building Inclusive Playgrounds in Montana: Examples from Missoula and Helena
Thurday, August 7, 2014 | 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. MTN
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Learn how two Montana communities brought accessible opportunities to local playgrounds to make fun - inclusive.
Meg Traci, Director of the Montana Disability and Health Program of the Rural Institute will be one of the presenters.
Outdoor play is critical for healthy child development, and children learn from play in a variety of ways: physical, cognitive, emotional, and sensory. Children with disabilities are empowered when the built environment meets their needs for play. Indeed, all children benefit when play spaces are designed for children of all abilities to play together.
Montana’s outdoors are some of the most beautiful natural landscapes on earth. Unfortunately many Montanans have a difficult time enjoying all the outdoors has to offer due to physical limitations. MonTECH is an organization that uses state funding and grants to loan assistive technology to Montanans in need.
Recently MonTECH joined up with the Missoula Parks and Recreation department to put on a series of youth fishing derbies. During 2 sessions between 70 and 90 families participated in the derby fishing in the Clark Fork river in Missoula. During the event Parks and Rec. taught sustainable fishing practices to the youth and their families. They even awarded prizes for biggest and smallest fish, as well as prettiest and ugliest fish.