Social Enrichment: Every Day Philosophies from Winnie the Pooh

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”  “What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet. Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.

I like Piglet’s expectant outlook of what exciting things might happen today. Planned or not, it gives much talk about at the end of the day. But does that happen for individuals with disabilities? The 2016 Individual Experience survey conducted by the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community Center on Community Living and Careers revealed a disheartening statistic that it likely doesn’t happen. Of the 16,888 respondents, 74% on the Community Integration and Habilitation or Family Support waiver reported spending the majority of their day in their residences, an activity center or sheltered workshop.

From the early days of our grant making, we recognized the difficulties individuals and families experience trying to connect with others. Through our Social Enrichment initiative, we help create those connections be it through the arts, museums, sports or recreation.

As Pooh says, “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” And, yes, there are places to go!

Among those places, these have events in March:

  •  Jesters ─ a performing arts program through the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis. Each Saturday, more than 75 youth and adults gather to learn about theatre, dance, singing, musical instruments, puppetry and visual arts, which culminates in a theatrical performance.


  • Science Central ─ making science education an extra special and safe experience, Science Central launched Special Abilities Days that feature sensory-friendly environments and hands-on experiments to delight scientists of all abilities.


  • Turnstone ─ not only do families struggle to find accessible recreational facilities, so do organizations serving the intellectual and developmental population. This year, Turnstone expanded its programs to respond to that need.


To see a complete list of opportunities happening around the community, visit the Foundation’s community calendar.
Not to overlook Pooh’s first thought of the day…breakfast is okay but I find brunch to be more exciting, and you?