Shawnee Schools Struggle With ADA Compliance

According to KWTV-TV, Shawnee Public Schools is working to fix playgrounds after a complaint was made public from a couple who said their son struggled at his school playground because of his disabilities.

The television station reported that the parents want playgrounds in the district that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The station reported that none of the school district’s elementary school playgrounds are up to ADA specifications.

Ken and Dwyn Stafford have been pushing for ADA compliance for their son Luke, 6, who suffers from Cerebral Palsy. The Stafford family said that trips to the district’s playgrounds have been unsuccessful, with Luke unable to fit into equipment, leaving him unable to play with other kids.

Mark Moore, Shawnee’s School Superintendent, told KWTV that the district is working to resolve the ADA issues. There are more than 600 school districts across the state that may have schools not fully ADA compliant, according to the Oklahoma Disability Law Center.

All Oklahomans, especially children, have a right to seek accommodations that meet ADA guidelines. Many children or adults who struggle with basic public accommodations are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.

If you suffer from a disability that leaves you unable to work, we suggest contacting a Tulsa Social Security disability attorney to see if you may be eligible for SSDI benefits. We offer free evaluations of your case, and you may reach us by phone at (918) 265-1404. Contact us today.

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