|Accessible parks for Children|
|Detail:|| A local NGO Kilikili has taken on the task of providing universally designed parks in the Indian city of Bangalore which is notorious for not having a single accessible park. Kilikili aims to create play spaces that will be accessible to all children, regardless of their ability and in doing so lay the foundations of a more inclusive society that does not discriminate or exclude on the basis of ability.|
It is Kilikiliís mission to partner and collaborate with children; with parents, teachers, special educators, medical professionals and other caregivers of children; and with local Municipalities and other relevant government departments, corporate organizations, civil society groups, resident welfare associations, youth and women's groups and the likes in ensuring that children of all abilities have access to play and recreation.
Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) or Greater Bangalore Municipal Body recently invited Kilikili to help develop accessibility guidelines for play spaces in consultation with children and other stakeholders.
60 children with and without disabilities, with some from socio-economically marginalised communities, met on 8th Jan 2010 to discuss the issues they face in parks and what they would like the parks to be. Universal accessibility (ramps, no steps, Braille signages, no obstacles, accessible play equipment), no entry fees, no keeping children out due to their being badly dressed were some of the issues that came up. What was also striking was the need expressed by older children for adequate space near their homes that is safe and where they can play. Safe spaces to play were considered more important than play equipments.