When Both Our Kids Can Play Freely + Video

This post was sponsored by Landscape Structures as part of a Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.


There were a lot of perks to our new construction home falling through on us over the summer. It meant that we were able to find a handicap accessible house in our current neighborhood, keep our kids in the same school, same church congregation, and we were still only minutes away from a Landscape Structures all abilities playground. This might not be a huge deal for some, but to us it means everything. 




Our house that we were building was on the other side of the mountain from where we live now, and it would have been a 40 mile drive to the closest accessible playground for Em to play at and be comfortable. When you have a child with physical disabilities, the number of places you can easily go-to is already small, and loosing our awesome community playground that she loves would have been heartbreaking for us. 



October is Sensory Awareness month and Landscape Structures believes that through inclusive play, kids learn life lessons like leadership, persistence, support, and empathy. I love when we're out in public and little kids see the wheels on Em's wheelchair light up and exclaim to their parents, "That's so cool!", or when little girls in the hallways at school gush over how cute she is. It's amazing to live in a community where kids with disabilities are widely accepted and have the support and resources that they need. 


Inclusive play goes beyond accessibly though, and addresses age and developmental appropriateness, and sensory stimulating activity. I love that our local Landscape Structures playground has not only your typical playground equipment, but it also has a fun music station with percussion instruments to play with too. 


Social equity and inclusion are huge topics in society today, and I firmly believe that inclusion begins in childhood. If we give our kids the tools and opportunities to immerse themselves with people of other cultures and abilities when they're young, it's going to open the doors for them to be leaders and inclusive when they're adults. This pays huge dividends for people with disabilities who rely on and need those strong and inclusive leaders when they grow up. Inclusiveness begins in childhood, and Landscape Structures lays the foundation for those relationships and experiences to happen, and our family couldn't be more grateful for that. 

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  1. You're absolutely right. Social equity and inclusion must begin in childhood. It's important for young children to understand that we are all different and we all come in all colors, sizes, with various abilities, attitudes, backgrounds and that's absolutely just fine. If only more such playgrounds were around especially in my parts to make it easier for everyone to mix, mingle and socialize.

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