We will build a safe and accessible outdoor playground that fosters imaginative play and developmental learning. This will enhance the quality of life of children with disabilities through fitness and socialization. At this playground, differences disappear and children share experiences with their peers, while exploring equipment and learning at their own level.
Crossing Abilities in the News...
- March 13, 2013 - Ladies Night Out Benefits Playground
- March 12, 2013 - Swiftwater charity auction to help fund children's playground
- October 12, 2012 - Special-needs park finds a new home
We meet the first and third Tuesday of every month - see our Get Involved page for details.
Why build An All Inclusive Playground?
"Until Lydia, my great niece who was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at the age of two, I never really took notice of children who have different abilities or how many tremendous obstacles they have to overcome just to do basic tasks or to just play" says Linda, Volunteer Coordinator for Crossing Abilities: Monroe County's All-Inclusive Playground (AIP). Why should any child with a disability be limited when it comes to play? This makes no sense.
According to a recent Census report1, Monroe County is the third fastest growing county in the state of Pennsylvania with approximately 169,000 residents. Currently, there are over 5,000 children in Monroe County with disabilities and despite this, there is no all-inclusive playground in the area. Although some playgrounds say they are all-accessible, the closest playground that meets the definition of all-inclusive is 40+ miles away. So why not build a playground in Monroe County? It Just Makes Sense!
Based on research, interviews, and field experience, we have found that learning is developed by the five core senses: touching, hearing, smelling, seeing, and tasting. These senses help regulate how we grow and learn. We intend to develop an all-inclusive playground that will stimulate all the senses to help all of our children develop their motor planning, sensory, and social skills through a child's natural method of learning...play. The goal is to make this playground a fun learning experience, increase brain stimulation, promote social interaction, and improve a child's development. It Just Makes Sense!