Paula’s odyssey to be able to have fun in local parks

Paula's odyssey to be able to have fun in local parks

Paula López is 19 years old and suffers from cerebral palsy. Her mother, Esther Anido, has been fighting for many years to get adapted games for her in city parks, without success, and calls for “minimal attention” with a group that “also has the right to leisure.”

“Their bodies grow as they add years but they continue to feel like children and I can’t walk past a park because Paula wants to go,” says Anido, who denounces that the adapted swings that parks currently have are not adequate for these types of people.

“Governments take the law to the letter and place the minimum that is required of them. These adapted swings are not suitable for a girl who does not have mobility in the lower body, her feet hit the ground. There are other games where the wheelchair can be placed and propelled. There are solutions, but they have to want to”, says the mother.


Esther Anido requests that, “since so much is being invested in playgrounds, and they have built large play areas like the Marina”, “some swing” be placed so that those affected with cerebral palsy can use it. “We will take care of taking it to the corresponding park, I do not ask that it be under the house, but that they put something. We only ask for understanding and that parents like us can meet friends who have children in the park, as everyone does, ”she indicates.

Anido says that they have recently renovated the children’s area of ​​the block of flats where he lives, in Labañou, and have placed a swing “supposedly for Paula”. The reality is that the young woman is too tall for him and she needs restraint harnesses that need to be picked up at the local civic center – and returned there when finished. “It’s all drawbacks,” he says.

Nest remembers that there are swings where you can put a wheelchair inside and swing it

For the mother, it is necessary for the City Council to carry out a consultation with families of children affected by functional diversity to gather all their needs, “because not everyone needs the same thing: for example, a child with autism is mobile and can use a slide.”

Paula’s family claims their right to have fun like any girl or young person in the city: “That people like Paula can live together with other children in a park is also a way of making this group visible and promoting tolerance towards them,” she concludes. I nest.


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