As autism rates jump in school-aged children, local nonprofit the HEAL Foundation is pushing to make sure every child is able to play and have fun at playgrounds.
HEAL is aiming to build five all-inclusive parks across North Florida counties including Duval, Baker. Nassau, St. Johns and Clay. The parks will have sensory equipment and devices for those with special needs including wheelchair access - but funding is needed to make the $1.5 million project a reality.
"We're bringing the coolest parks that all kids of all abilities can go on," said HEAL founder Leslie Weed. "The kids who don't have disabilities are going to be begging to come to these parks because it's so much fun."
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