I got the idea for EAPP from watching philanthropist Wallis Annenberg on TV, who donated money for an accessible tree house in California. I thought to myself, “Why can’t we have something like that here in Albuquerque?” Ms. Annenberg was my inspiration for the Every Ability Plays Project.
I believe play is very important for every child, whether they are disabled or not. When my sister and I were little, my mom would take us to the park. Sometimes, my mom would be too tired to get on the swing with me. I was that child watching my little sister swing and wishing there was a special swing for me. I know there are other children wishing the same thing.
Every Ability Plays Project purchases different types of swings. We have a swing for the child who can’t sit up at all, a swing for children who can’t sit up by themselves, and wheelchair swings. I also envision merry-go-rounds for wheelchairs and high sandboxes. EAPP serves blind and Deaf children as well.
Even though Every Ability Plays Project focuses on playground equipment for children with disabilities, it doesn’t mean these special playgrounds do not have toys or equipment for children who can walk. They also include everyday swing sets and slides with stairs. EAPP believes children of all abilities can and should play together.