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Students part of the Syracuse University architecture program pose in front of the Play Perch they designed and built for students at Jowonio, a preschool that specializes in inclusive education.

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There’s no such thing as ‘You can’t.’

Jowonio preschool and Syracuse University team up to create a tree house for children of all abilities

In 2007, Jack Denny was a student at Jowonio, an internationally-recognized preschool known for its integrated curriculum for children of all abilities, including those with special needs. Denny, who has autism, walked up to the school’s nature path one day and announced that he wanted a tree house that would be accessible to all of his friends, including those in wheelchairs. And that was the beginning of the Play Perch project. On May 10, after six years of preparations and nine months of hard work by Syracuse University architecture students, the school officially opened the Denny Family Play Perch for its students.


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