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DOJ Settlement Agreement for Accessible Playground with North Canaan Elementary School

  • The family of an 11-year old girl with cerebral palsy filed a complaint with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Connecticut about the inaccessible playground at her elementary school.
  • The school had argued that the student benefited from watching other kids play.
  • Before the settlement, the school made a number of changes to the school, including building a ramp into the side of a hill that only had stairs; paving a path deeper into playground; and adding an accessible swing.
  • The DOJ entered into a settlement agreement with the school in November of 2017.
  • This agreement, which applies the 2010 ADA standards, made significant accessibility improvements. A few highlights include:
    • Accessible route within play area, connecting at least one of each type of ground play component and transfer platform
    • Half elevated play components accessible by transfer platform
    • Seat height on swings
    • Wheelchair access at picnic table

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Last updated: May 14, 2018

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