At left, Oliver Potts tours the LEO's Haven at Chanticleer work site.
Above, Oliver checks out the Lichen Oak Adaptive Riding Center
PARENT'S KNOW: INCLUSION MATTERS
A Mother shares her experience at our partner inclusive playground, Shane's Inspiration.
“A world with children with disabilities can play with able-bodied children, no one is excluded and all children can play together.
Now, it all makes sense. I never really understood why Hudson has never enjoyed going to parks. Yes, it’s exhausting for us from having to lift him, but we always try to get him to go.
I’m always observing him. His therapist too. It’s just hard for him. It’s also overwhelming and scary to him. (I’m crying while I’m typing this.) He’s never really enjoyed going to parks until today.
Today, we were able to attend the Grand Re-Opening of Shane’s Inspiration Playground.
But once again, he didn’t want to ‘go to the park’, but as we pulled up, I told him ‘Hudson THIS park is for you!! THIS park you can you can use your walker everywhere!!’ He got sooo excited and said ‘Hurry mom lets go, hurry let’s get out of the car!!’
Today was the longest we stayed at the park because he was so busy playing on the equipment independently and with no fear. I can tell he felt SAFE. He was able to be a 4 year old!! I was able to stand, watch, and relax as he played...for the very first time!!
Little did we know “we are going to the park” would turn into an amazing first time experience and introduced us to a whole new world that unfortunately Hudson has been missing. It was an hour away but incredibly worth it.
From the bottom of my heart I’m so beyond thankful for @shanesplay !!
We need more parks like this. I now look at our local parks, as parks that exclude. No more exclusion!! Thank you to Silly Sally for painting a tornado on his arm.
He definitely left a happy boy!! Hudson will be back!!”
SHANE'S INSPIRATION - TOGETHER WE ARE ABLE
LEO's Haven is a playground designed for children of all abilities to learn, play, and grow together.
Once the ribbon is cut in late 2019, our partnership with Shane's Inspiration will help us continue promoting inclusion by transforming LEO’s into an outdoor classroom, with compassion as the core curriculum.
Through this partnership, County Park Friends will be able to bring an award-winning "social inclusion experience" to our to our local schools that will guide students to see beyond their differences and find common ground.
Together We Are Able is one of the social inclusion experiences we are excited to share. It is a three-part social emotional learning experience that creates awareness through classroom discussion and inclusive play. Schools and classrooms will have access to a menu of resources, from direct instruction to professional development.
Experiences can be tailored to each community, and schools who are interested will have access to Shane's broad resources to deepen the impact across their school culture.
We are grateful to continue this partnership with Shane's; we benefit and grow from the years of experience and expertise they bring. To learn more or get involved, follow the links below.