It is practically every kid's dream to own, or at least play in, a treehouse. Unfortunately, for many kids with a disability, that dream may not come true. The Treehouse Guys (formerly known as Forever Young) want to help change that fact about treehouses. The organization's goal is to have universally accessible treehouses for kids with a wheelchair or disability in all 50 states.
Accessible treehouses are much like traditional treehouses. There are some differences to make them easier to access for kids with disabilities. However, the main concept is still the same. An accessible treehouse is still a playhouse for kids that is built around or inside of a tree or trees. It just has the added benefit of being accessible to a wheelchair, as well as to kids with a variety of disabilities.
Children in wheelchairs, with a variety of disabilities, as well as those without disabilities, can access these treehouses. Some traditional treehouses require entry through climbing a rope or ladder. Treehouses by The Treehouse Guys instead have a wheelchair accessible ramp. In fact, the entire treehouse can be navigated with a wheelchair.
The Treehouse Guys treehouses are universally accessible, which is great news for kids with disabilities who may or may not require a wheelchair. The treehouses are also only built in trees examined by an arboreal specialist to ensure they are of quality. They have to be able to support the treehouse, as well as kids and wheelchairs. As the company stated (when branded as Forever Young), "A good treehouse is only as good as the trees that they are built in."
Anyone can get a wheelchair accessible treehouse built. If money is an issue, The Treehouse Guys will do all they can to help those in need get a universally accessible treehouse. Sometimes that includes helping the recipients plan fundraising, which can come from many sources and be done in a variety of ways.
"I'm glad that the kids in wheelchairs can actually get into a treehouse, because now they don't feel so left out," says Delaney Sekinger, the sister of a boy with cerebral palsy.
Then, there is Sara Reiser who simply states "I never been to a treehouse in all my life. I never had a tree house to go to," which is what many kids may feel like, especially those in a wheelchair or with a disability. Even if they have been around treehouses, it is likely they were not accessible to kids with disabilities.
That is why universally accessible treehouses are so important for kids. Not only can they provide an amazing opportunity for kids with disabilities, but they can also help bring together a community. Kids with and without a wheelchair or disability can play together in the treehouse.
Jennifer Williams, who is a teacher, said in regards to the accessible treehouse in Virginia, " I think it's important that they get to experience what all other kids get to experience, that they are part of what every other kid could get to see, touch and feel. I think they enjoy doing what their peers will be able to do."
The Treehouse Guys/Forever Young
WGNTV.com "Everybody's Tree House"
NBC 29 "Wheelchair Accessible Treehouse" by Ken Slack
*I originally published this on Disaboom.com via Yahoo Contributor Network
by Lyn Lomasi, Staff Writer
Lyn Lomasi's Founder & Community Manager of Write W.A.V.E. Media, which spotlights writers for existing work, as well as encourages expression while earning. Along with her amazing business & life partner, Richard Rowell, Lyn manages a freelance writer team.
She’s your content superhero to the rescue! Lyn's been writing web content for years & rescuing civilians from boring text since the age of three. SEO, custom content, web design, & other content nightmares are her dream come true!
Lyn formerly acted as Community Manager & Advocate at Yahoo! Contributor Network, where she assisted writers with community, editing, technical, & other issues. Her work’s featured all over the web. From parenting, energy usage, pets, homelessness, to reducing waste & more, Lyn’s committed to saving the Earth as a whole.
For the self-made momtrepreneur, sustainability is a way of life and a labor of love. She’s raising her kids and pets in Colorado.
Facebook: Lyn Lomasi
Richard Rowell is a freelance blogger and creative writer who writes on a wide array of topics including marketing, positive thinking, writing advice, and more.
He is a staff writer and co-owner of the Write W.A.V.E. Media Network, contributing to various sites in the network, such as Article Writer for Hire, Life Successfully, and Write W.A.V.E. Media itself.
Today, Richard focuses on producing high-quality content to help clients become thought leaders in their respective fields. He is also happy to coach anyone who wants to become a better writer, and is open to help anyone critique, edit and proof their work.
He loves cats, music, and giraffes.
Facebook: Richard Rowell