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"Inclusive play benefits all children, regardless of ability: It helps them develop a true and nuanced understanding of the world, to appreciate the differences between people and recognize the similarities that underlie them, to be tolerant of diversity and to accept others’ perspectives."

Bringing all-inclusive play into focus!

The name is Friendship Hill

Its is more than a playground got renamed to Friendship Hill Bash'IN Barriers Inclusive Park.  The name was revealed on June 25th. 

WHY DONATE

By donating to this project you are... 

Helping to create a new normal for our kids and our communities in Wabash County, Indiana: a normal that doesn’t draw attention to differences but makes it ordinary to interact and play with people of varying ages and abilities.  

Changing the way our future citizens and leaders identify people with special needs.  Kids are blind to differences until they are pointed out or put in situations that divide them.  We want to erase the dividing line and allow kids to grow up only knowing that everyone can be a part of all things.  

Allowing kids to create games and rules for play that involve everyone because everyone is there and no one is unable to get into the fun. 

Becoming a part of a movement that is bigger than Wabash.  Communities across the state, the nation, and the globe are recognizing the importance of inclusion and are building playgrounds to meet this new standard.  

Influencing the character of the individuals who play on this playground.  Finally getting a chance to interact with others whose abilities differ from their own, kids will develop a compassion and understanding they may not have otherwise developed.  Someday, the kids playing today will have children of their own who they will raise to know what they have learned from this play experience.  This is where our new culture and new normal is created and lives on. 

We are building this so people of all ages and abilities can be involved in all aspects of play and get the benefits of not just play, but those that come from interacting with others. 
There will be no obvious distinction between who can do what and who can go where.
The plan is to build an all-inclusive park for all ages and abilities downtown next to the YMCA.

The Plan

More Play

"By giving children with and without disabilities a chance to play together, inclusive play spaces can serve as joyful incubators of a more inclusive society, in which children with disabilities can participate equally and enjoy equal opportunities to flourish."

in·clu·sion

inˈklo͞oZHən/

The action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure.

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