Meet William

Meet William

Disability: Polymicrogyria

With Williams diagnosis it leaves him with low tone throughout his whole body and he doesn’t yet walk on his own. Williams loves his car but has outgrown it, he loves to turn the steering wheel and loves to take walks in his car. Having one that fits to him would be amazing. We take his car everywhere. It’s easier for us so we don’t have to carry him and having him in something like this keeps him more occupied then a stroller. Thank you Variety Kc for providing the freedom of movement and ability to belong for Sweet William!

 

 

Meet Sweet Anna

Meet Sweet Anna

Disability: Triplet Born 11 Weeks Early, CP, Global Developmental Delay, and Cortical Visual Impairment

Anna is a triplet and older sister. She LOVES to be outside and go fast in her wheelchair! She would love to be in something that she is able to control with a button or a control so she doesn’t have to try and manually make a car/bike go because that is extremely Torrington for Anna. All she ever wants is to be out there running and keeping up with her brother and sister!

Buying an expensive adapted car for her to enjoy isn’t in our budget. She is such a fighter and is so brave, she deserves something to help keep the fun of childhood alive. Thank you Variety KC for providing this freedom for Anna! 

Meet Miles

Meet Miles

Disability: Global Developmental Delay

Miles is a sweet, fun loving, adventure seeking 3 year old. He loves to go on rides and is a little dare devil despite his physical challenges. Miles also loves to play in the car. He as a limited vocabulary, but he often says car because he loves to go in the car and push buttons, dance to the radio, etc. He loves to be outside/play in the summer.  

Miles attends multiple therapy sessions a week and always tries so hard. Despite his challenges in life, he always has a smile on his face and is always so persistent. I’m often reminded to do this is my life as he’s a constant reminder to me to never give up. Miles love of cars and desire to always want to be outside would make him the perfect candidate for a ride-on car.

Miles’ limited gross/fine and cognitive skills prevents him from operating a regular powerwheel. Thank you Variety for providing him with a Variety KC- Go Baby Go Adaptive Car!

Meet Sweet Haylee

Meet Sweet Haylee

Disability: RYR1- Congenital Myopathy, Gtube and Low Muscle Tone

Haylee has weak muscle tone and cannot stand, crawl, or walk. She has limited mobility in her arms but continues to get stronger every day. She was able to try a ride-on car at Britain Development in therapy and absolutely loved it. Anything that can help her be mobile and independent will just make her stronger. We are so appreciative of Variety Kc for helping Haylee Be active, Be Social and Belong!!

Meet Thiago

Meet Thiago

 

Disability: Cortical Visual Impairment, Dravet Syndrome, Seizure Disorder

Thiago is a happy boy. As his mother, I am trying to provide him with as many opportunities to build his independence. He is working on building his neck and trunk muscles, is able to sit for longer periods, working on standing, but is not yet independently mobile. I would love for him to have a ride-on car so that he could be out in the community driving around in his car such as when we are parks or events and be around other kids that are able to walk and run around. Thank you Variety KC for providing this opportunity for sweet Thiago!
Thank you Variety KC and Kansas City Zoo

Thank you Variety KC and Kansas City Zoo

My family recently visited the beautiful Kansas City Zoo. Our family includes two boys and a special needs little girl. My daughter was diagnosed with a terminal, genetic disease, called Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a wheelchair daily. She calls her wheelchair her “go-go” and that’s what she wants to do! Just like any other three-year-old, she always wants to be on the move.  Although she is limited in a lot of areas, she still wants to play just like her older brothers. We have had the pleasure to visit several zoos, but nothing has compared to the playground at the Kansas City Zoo. Exploration Play went above and beyond any and all our expectations.

With most playgrounds my family visit, my daughter is limited to the equipment she is able to use. Most playgrounds have mulch which is impossible for a wheelchair to drive through, not to mention the wooden border outside the mulch which wheelchairs cannot go over. Usually they do not have any “fun” activities like swings or ziplines for my daughter to play on. Because of this, we don’t spend a lot of time at parks or playgrounds. Its hard to watch my daughter feel excluded because she isn’t able to use her legs. When we visited the Exploration Play playground all those feelings were gone. This playground would make any special needs child feel valued because it was made especially for them. The solid surfacing allows my daughter to independently move wherever she wants to go. The zip line and elephant swing allowed my daughter to play with her brothers and not have to sit on the sidelines. She was able to be right there apart of everything. As a mom, the feeling is indescribable to watch your daughter have the biggest smile on her face because she can PLAY just like everyone else. She even made some new friends and showed off her wheelchair.

Studies have shown that play helps children develop emotionally, physically, socially, and cognitively. Having a disability shouldn’t make it harder for a child to play. Having inclusive playgrounds, such as Exploration Play, allows children of all ages to be able to interact with their peers. This will assist with the positive growth and development for ALL children. Every child deserves the opportunity to play outside, in a safe environment that is easily accessible and that’s exactly what Exploration Play Playground has accomplished.

I would recommend every family to come out to the Kansas City Zoo to see what Exploration Play has to offer! It really is an all inclusive experience and I couldn’t be more thankful for this space.

Kind Regards,

Rachel Enos and Family

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