What we do
The all-volunteer Board of Directors has been raising funds since 2012 through individual donations, fundraisers, and grants to build Julie’s Jungle, the first fully accessible public playground in Dutchess County, N.Y.
Access to Julie’s Jungle will help give all children the opportunity to participate in outdoor physical activities from which they would otherwise be excluded. There are more than 2,500 children with disabilities recorded in Dutchess County, yet there are no accessible playgrounds for them to play. Inclusive play provides children – especially those who are often segregated from their peers – a chance to improve their social skills by playing with others. The obvious outcome is their enthusiastic participation in outdoor play. The more subtle, but no less important, outcome is the increased self-confidence that results from participating alongside their able-bodied peers.
Julie’s Jungle will address the needs of all children, those who are able-bodied and those with visual, hearing, cognitive, or physical impairments.