Harvesting Capabilities, Inc., a 501(c)3 for people with disabilities in Miami County, has taken on a project to provide playground equipment, surfacing and labor for our all-inclusive playground. A total of $108,000 is needed to complete this project, which will be built west of Miami’s Fort on the River Walk in Peru. Currently HC has raised close to $17,000 toward the playground. The Playground Committee has set a goal of July 4, 2019 for completion of this special community project.
These disabilities and special needs range from children who are confined to a wheelchair to those who have physical, sensory, vision, hearing, and autistic challenges.
Many special Needs children are isolated and are left out of many activities and events because of their disabilities. Play is crucial for human health and development, growth of social skills and self-confidence. The playground offers play experiences for ALL children – and benefits their care givers and family members.
The need for an all-inclusive playground in our area is great. According to the Indiana Department of Education, the Peru Community School system has 14.7% special needs students enrolled, North Miami has 17% special needs and Maconaquah has 16.3%. This equates to over 850 children just in our three-school systems, plus the many home-schooled children, their care givers and their families, who would benefit greatly from an all-inclusive playground. These disabilities and special needs range from children who are confined to a wheelchair to those who have physical, sensory, vision, hearing, and autistic challenges.
Your purchase of a commemorative brick will help fund a wonderful community asset at Miami's Fort on the River Walk in Peru, IN, to be enjoyed by families for years to come. Bricks will be displayed in a prominent location to honor our donors and supporters - Please help by purchasing a brick for $50 and making our all-inclusive playground a reality for the many children with disabilities in and around Miami County. Click on the "Donate" button to purchase your brick today!
Our brick order form is available here.
Please note on the form if you paid by credit card on this site - THANK YOU!
Our playground will be built west of the existing playground called Miami's Fort on the River Walk in Peru, Indiana. This specially equipped playground is designed to include activities and experiences for children of ALL abilities…it will encourage involvement with others, help them to discover new things, make new friends, to learn to overcome their challenges, and learn compassion and empathy for others.
A child in a wheelchair can experience a swing, a vision-impaired child can climb and slide safely, and families can play together with their special needs child on a playground - maybe for the first time ever.
AAA State of Play has carefully thought-out, designed and planned this fun playground for special needs children. It will consist of 5 pieces of equipment...
1) Custom Charles Mound - a large 7-pod structure of ramps and adventure platforms and slides
2) Wheelchair platform swing with self-swinging mechanism
3) Omni-Spinner - a specially designed, safe merry-go-round with molded seats
4) Rockwell Teeter Duo and
5) Poseidon's Hideout - a molded structure for climbing and hiding.
Harvesting Capabilities is building a unique ALL-INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND for children of ALL abilities! Your brick purchase will fund a wonderful community asset at Miami's Fort to be enjoyed for years to come. Thank you!