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For children and adults with disabilities, accessing playgrounds will be one less challenge. Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed into law a bill that will help fund inclusive playgrounds.

The bill, known as “Jake’s Law” is inspired by Jake’s Place, an inclusive playground in Cherry Hill named for Jacob Cummings-Nastro, who died at the age of 2 from a rare cardiac disease.

Murphy signed the bill alongside the boy’s family, and the new legislation means counties around the state will be able to apply for funding when developing inclusive playgrounds. There are also new laws required through the Department of Community Affairs and Department of Education that will guide design, installation and maintenance of such spaces.

Murphy said he was “honored to join the family of Jacob Cummings-Nasto to sign a bill in his honor,” and that “no child in New Jersey should lack access to playgrounds based on their physical abilities.”

 

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