Chanute fundraising for sensory playground

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CHANUTE, Kan. (AP) — A southeast Kansas community has been working to raise money for a playground that would accommodate children with disabilities.

Aimee Thompson, the mother of an autistic child, says none of Chanute’s parks is accommodating for children with special needs.

The Joplin Globe reports Thompson has launched a fundraiser that seeks $40,000 by Aug. 1. The money will be used by Chanute’s parks advisory board to match a $100,000 grant for playground equipment to accommodate children with disabilities as well as those on the autism spectrum.

The idea for a sensory park in Chanute originated with Autism Hope for Families, a local nonprofit and support group for families of autistic children.


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