The lack of free, child-directed play time for our kids today will have dire consequences for these future leaders, making them less prepared to solve complex challenges and problems. </br>(Darell Hammond)In Congress, while the Houses proposed defense budget calls for significant increases, it also cuts 11 billion dollars from veterans spending - including healthcare and disability pay. Be clear: we cant equate spending on veterans with spending on defense. </br>(Jennifer Granholm)Toddlers need to get off the soccer field and onto the playground. Children need to get out of the gym and into neighborhood stickball games. We need to give kids room to create their own rules, set their own terms, and move their bodies in their own ways. </br>(Darell Hammond)My disability exists not because I use a wheelchair, but because the broader environment isnt accessible. </br>(Stella Young)It is unacceptable that disabled veterans in Illinois rank at the bottom of the list when it comes to disability pay. We owe our disabled veterans more than speeches, parades and monuments. </br>(Dick Durbin)Play is the best natural resource in a creative economy. Kids need more of it. It is the work of childhood. We hope to intrinsically change the opinion that play is not just a luxury but an absolute necessity for kids lives. </br>(Darell Hammond)Labor should not be about creating monuments on hills or statues in parks. Labors monuments and statues are when a young person can find a job, when a person with disability can get access to the ordinary life that others take for granted. </br>(Bill Shorten)Ive had tons of bullies who would call me retarded, even on my Facebook page. Its sad and it really hurts. I want to tell people not to use the word. Dont say your friends retarded when they do something foolish. If you have a disability, keep working hard. Whatever it takes, do it, and dont be mean to people. </br>(Lauren Potter)

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