Spring is here! Often the warmer temperatures have more kids wanting to walk or bike to school, and this can be a worrying matter for many parents. According to data collected in 2013, through the Toledo Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program of Live Well Greater Toledo, families that live within walking distance of their neighborhood school typically drive their kids to and from school due to concerning barriers, such as excessive traffic and speed of traffic along routes, lack of sidewalks and safe crossings at intersections, and personal safety.
Hearing the words, “Your child has autism” or “…she will be born with Down syndrome” can be scary for a lot of parents. More often than not, it’s the unknown that is the scariest part. “What does this mean for my child? Will he be able to do the same things other kids do? What kind of services are available if I need them?”
Another school year is drawing to a close, and kids everywhere will soon be enjoying all those fun warm-weather activities they’ve been daydreaming about since last September. However, as kids head for the playground; dust off their bikes, scooters, and rollerblades; or prepare to plunge into pools, lakes, or ponds, the last thing likely to be on their minds is safety. It’s the job of parents or other adult guardians to properly supervise, equip, and educate their kids for safe outdoor play.