Our New Playground!
The hope for a playground to extend the range of therapeutic options for the children we serve had burned brightly for a long time. We had the space, we had the need. We just needed the funds!
The cost of such a playground was daunting for us as a not-for-profit, however two of the most wonderful things happened in July of 2015! We received a grant from Economic and Social Development Canada, legacy funds from the estate of Mrs. Helena Killback, and donations from individuals and businesses in the community that allowed us to finally allowed us to pursue the installation of a therapeutic playground for our clinicians and the children with whom they work! We could now purchase the playground equipment and install a wonderful soft and durable surfacing underneath it. The grassy area between our building and the alley was the perfect spot!
We chose to the playground by Landscape Structures distributed by Habitat Systems Incorporated. The playground design and the materials the structures are made from provide a sensory-rich experience for children that accomodates the full range of children’s needs, from typically developing to those with physical, cognitive, or sensory disabilities.
In August, just a few weeks ago, the process began! The property was cleared and mapped out. It was very exciting to see the beginnings!
Powerful exhibition of photographs from photographer Debbie Rasiel, showcasing the ‘faces of autism’. Debbie, a 23 year-old Mother of a child with autism, traveled the world taking these shots as part of the Global Autism Project.
Eighteen year-old model, Madeline Stuart, a young woman with Down syndrome is making quite a name for herself as a model down under! She is truly an inspiration!