Last month, three international groups of teens sponsored by Mobility International USA stopped by the accessible carousel at Clemyjontri Park in McLean as part of their visit to the United States.
The disability-led non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting the rights and leadership of people with disabilities around the world using innovative programs to build bridges to empower people with disabilities to take the place that returns to them in the world community. This summer, one of those bridges led to the iconic Fairfax County Park Authority playground in McLean, which allows people of all skill levels to play side-by-side on equipment, such as swings and a carousel.
While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guarantees support for people with disabilities in the United States, Park Authority ADA coordinator Gary Logue said the visiting teens came from countries where their rights did not exist. do not enjoy similar protection.
Regardless of their age, says Logue, “everyone is impressed with the enormity of the playground and the accessibility features.”
“The carousel was a huge success,” as some of these visitors have never had the opportunity to take such a tour before, he said.