Kids in wheelchairs now can swing with the rest with opening of inclusive playground

SINGAPORE - For 13-year-old Phoebe Chua, who has congenital muscular dystrophy, the days of watching others have a turn at the playground are over.

She was one of 44 beneficiaries who enjoyed the special play equipment at the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park's inclusive playground on Saturday morning. It includes a wheelchair-accessible swing and merry-go-round, which were designed in consultation with therapists and children of special needs from six voluntary welfare organisations.

Officially opened by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, it is part of 11 inclusive playgrounds to be built across Singapore by 2017.

"As we begin to built a better society, a lot of it is about being inclusive. It may seem like just a playground but we all know how important play is in the development of our children," said Mr Tan in his opening address.

The inclusive playground at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a collaboration between the National Council for Social Service and The National Parks Board with support by the Care & Share Movement.