In 2017-2018, the Seattle Children’s PlayGarden partnered with King County Public Health’s Best Start for Kids Initiative to research the topic of inclusion of kids with disabilities in our community and share what we learned. Our goal is simple: to help other organizations throughout King County to feel empowered to Say “Yes” to kids with disabilities in their programs.
PlayGarden staff facilitated a series of interviews and focus groups with kids with and without disabilities, parents, siblings, and other youth-care providers including representatives from the Woodland Park Zoo, Burke Museum, Seattle Mariners, Rainier Dance Center, Kids Quest Museum, Coyote Central, and others to hear their stories and learn from their experiences.
“I wanted to convey that I am sharing the Playgarden’s Say YES! to Kids with Disabilities release with all WA Federation of independent Schools around the state as a feature in our bi-monthly newsletter. It is an unbelievably inspiring and important resource.” –
“I’m interested in purchasing a hard copy of the inclusion toolkit book. I have a library of resources I use for the inclusive education program I run through the Down Syndrome Community and I think this would be a great addition. “
“I attended your, Say “Yes” to Kids with Disabilities workshop on Dec 7th. It was fantastic! At Woodland Park Zoo, we are looking to get another 2 copies of the book for our education department at the Zoo.”
“The tools I received from your Say YES to Kids with Disabilities workshop have been very helpful for me in my work at the Seattle Aquarium and the work with the teens.” –