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Contact a local agency with speakers about safety and/or
accessibility to begin this section. A local engineer or a science
teacher may be able to discuss how parks are kept safe and how
routine inspections of rides and equipment are important.
Organizations that are advocates for accessibility issues can
discuss modifications that make visiting parks easier and more
students view the material in the safety section of the site.
Caution: The accident section may not be appropriate for all
students. View this material on your own and decide if it would be
appropriate for your students. If so, have students answer the
questions that follow each entry. Be sure to discuss the material
with your students afterwards. Then create a handicapped accessible
ride that people of all sizes and limitations can enjoy. Submit
your drawing or explanation of an accessible ride to the
article "Ride at Your Own Risk" in the July 2000 issue of Good
Housekeeping. You also might want to visit the site
www.saferparks.org. This site was created by Kathy Fackler, the
mother of the boy who had part of his foot removed in a roller
coaster accident. The site contains updates on laws and links to
related sites. Students may want to review the status of laws in
their own regions.
To see how some of the major parks are dealing with
accessibility, go to
This site is for the park Cedar Point, and it talks about
the steps the park is making and has made in order to create a more
accessible, enjoyable amusement park.
(see the downloadable guidebooks)
This site for Disney tells about the accessibility of the
park, and includes some excellent downloadable guidebooks that may
be useful when doing this lesson.
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