STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – While the kids get to play, Eryk D’meza can only watch.
“I can’t really do much,” he says.
The 16-year-old has a severe type of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He can’t eat or even move on his own.
“I can’t lift my arms, life my legs,” he explains.
But he does have a dream. He wants a play space for all, so Eryk’s building an all-inclusive playground behind Chipperfield Elementary School in Stroudsburg.
“Children that don’t have a disability will draw more to children that are with them, and not separated from them,” says Eryk’s mother, Erika D’meza.
The current playground won’t be removed, Eryk’s just adding sensory-friendly equipment to it. There won’t be any steps, only ramps. Slides will have rollers, so children with certain disabilities can also use them.
Little Lucas has autism. His mom says this will be the perfect spot.
“We’re teaching them that it is okay not to be the typical quote on quote kid. It’s okay to be different,” says Kerri Rubio, Lucas’ mother.
Because he can’t move on his own, Eryk won’t be able to use his all-inclusive playground. But his other friends with disabilities can.
“With this, all the kids who come here next will be able to join their friends,” Eryk says.
Eryk hopes to install the sensory-friendly equipment in the next year-and-a-half. The project costs more than $150,000 dollars.
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