“This Is What It Means To Be Included”

[I have a guest post today at Amy Julia Becker’s blog Thin Places. Amy Julia blogs about faith and family and people with disabilities, and a host of other things of life.]

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“This is what it means to be included.”

The mother’s words jumped out at me from the radio. Included.

Two year old Tatum Bakker had never been able to swing on a playground swing set until they visited Brooklyn’s Playground on their way through Pocatello, Idaho. It’s a playground designed for children who are physically able and for those who are less able to play on together, named for the little girl who started it all, Brooklyn Fisher.

Kids with conditions like spina bifida usually can’t take part in playground games and activities, kids like seven year old Brooklyn and two year old Tatum, but in Pocatello they can. As Tatum’s mother explained:

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[You can read the rest at AJ’s blog, and click around there to read her great writing. You’ll be glad you did.]

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2 Responses to “This Is What It Means To Be Included”

  1. Rev. Carlene Appel says:

    The playground just across the end of our street was rebuilt over the summer into an all accessible playground. It’s terrific and well used. Can’t wait for our grandkids to come over again and enjoy it.

    • Tim says:

      Playgrounds really are one of those places where the motto should be “the more the merrier”. So glad that yours is going to have even more kids coming along to play and have fun, Carlene.

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