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VIA Builds Playground with Donations, Restaurant Week Proceeds

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new playground at the Virginia Institute of Autism new playground at the Virginia Institute of Autism

Students jumped onto a brand-new playground Thursday at the Virginia Institute for Autism.

The grounds are entirely accessible to children with autism. Swings allow kids to feel secure while they play, and there's even a ramp where kids in wheelchairs climb to the top of a jungle gym and slide down. Even the merry-go-rounds have seats.

"Having a really nice place where they can swing, they can play, they can listen to music, all of that's really important to ensure that they can learn the most that they can," said Ethan Long, executive director of VIA.

VIA says it built the grounds entirely from community donations and proceeds from Charlottesville Restaurant Week. It will host a ribbon-cutting after Labor Day for all donors. 

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