“In 2004, my oldest son, Peter, was diagnosed with autism. Over the years, seeing Peter grow and attend school, my wife and I realized that many of Peter’s biggest challenges would not come in the structured environment of the classroom, but in the unstructured environment of the playground.
So when I first heard about Playworks, I was immediately interested. Playworks’ focus on using safe, fun and inclusive play to facilitate learning and social development mirror what we have found with Peter—specifically, if Peter has a good day on the playground, he is almost certain to have a good day in the classroom and at home. The best part is that the same rules seem to apply to all kids, regardless of ability—a good day of play for a child makes for a good day, period.
Playworks appeals to me because I believe that the potential for the organization to positively enhance the lives of all kids through play is almost limitless, and I am eager to do my part to contribute to and promote such a worthwhile cause.”