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  • VALUES

     COMMUNITY

    In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risks, and a number of other conditions may be present and common, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

    "A quality play area is more than just a collection of play equipment. It is a place for play and learning - a place where children develop essential physical, social and cognitive skills, where different generations share common experiences, and where community members gather and build relationships."

    ~ The Inclusive City, Susan Goltsman & Daniel Iacofano - MIG

     INCLUSION

    For children challenged with physical and developmental disabilities and for those who love them, there is a strong desire to belong, but the obstacles can seem insurmountable.

    Yet, love has a powerful way of overcoming obstacles and triumphing over the insurmountable.

    By teaching children to welcome others into their worlds, the principles of inclusion can help foster a greater sense of cooperation and empathy in the next generation.

    ~ National Inclusion Project

     

    PLAY

    Play is the gateway to vitality.

    By its nature it is uniquely and intrinsically rewarding. It generates optimism, seeks out novelty, makes perseverance fun, leads to mastery, gives the immune system a bounce, fosters empathy and promotes a sense of belonging and community. Each of these play by-products are indices of personal health, and their shortage predicts impending health problems and personal fragility.

    A life or a culture devoid of or deficient in play exists as a heightened major public health risk factor. The prevalence of depression, stress related diseases, interpersonal violence, the addictions, and other health and well being problems can be linked, like a deficiency disease, to the prolonged deprivation of play.

    Each person has a unique play personality ... when one remains in touch with it. ... when it is actualized, it empowers and brings pleasure to life.

    Play trumpets the body and mind to heed its call to action. Its physical manifestations in children alter the appetite’s “set point” acting thereby as an antidote to obesity.

    ~ The National Institute for Play