The local playground's design doesn't work for Emmanuel, shown here with his family. The loose surface hampers his wheelchair, and there are no ramps to help him get onto the play structures. Julie Caine for NPR hide caption

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Brooklyn Fisher rolls down the ramp on the playground named for her in Pocatello, Idaho. The playground was built using accessible features so children of all abilities could play alongside each other. John W. Poole/NPR hide caption

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For Kids With Special Needs, More Places To Play

Parent advocates and a new federal law making accessible play areas a civil right are changing the landscape for public playgrounds.

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