Ireland first Special Needs Playground
'Fun and Inclusiveness the name of the game'
Ireland first special needs playground has been opened by
Ireland president Michael D Higgins in Navan, County Meath recently, an adapted space specially
designed for sensory exploration with full access for children with disabilities.
The playground is named ‘Is Féidir Linn’ which
translates from Gaelic as ‘We are able.’ Built at a cost of €45,000 ( approx
$A 70,637) the project would be easily replicable
throughout the country given the cost is not significantly different from that of a standard modern
playground. The playground is a dream come true for the children however as welcome as the Navan site is to the special schools
and community of County Meath, this still leaves every other major city
and town in Ireland without any such facilities
By John Bedwell ACAA associate
member Obvius Access