Together We Play L.A.!

submission by THarris

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Shane's Inspiration

Organization(s) website(s):

www.shanesinspiration.org

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www.twitter.com/ShanesPlay

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www.facebook.com/shanesinspiration

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www.instagram.com/shanesplay

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization

Government

Other (please specify below):

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.

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Shane's Inspiration creates inclusive playgrounds and education programs that unite children of all abilities.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.

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Shane's Inspiration will help eliminate bullying by designing/developing 2 fully inclusive playgrounds in South Central Los Angeles, uniting children of all abilities through play. Once open, Shane's Inspiration will implement a city-wide school-based education program expansion that transforms the playgrounds into outdoor classrooms where profound lessons of acceptance and compassion are learned, helping to diminish harmful stereotypes that lead to bullying and exclusion.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA

Westside

South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)

LAUSD

Other (please specify below):

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

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Advocate for social inclusion via play with school staff and parents.

How will your proposal improve the following “Play” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to open space and park facilities

Number of children enrolled in afterschool programs

Per capita crime rates

Percentage of residents that feel safe in their neighborhoods

Attendance at major league sporting events

Residents within 1⁄4 mile of a park (Dream Metric)

Number of residents with easy access to a “vibrant” park (Dream Metric)

Number of parks with intergenerational play opportunities (Dream Metric)

Number (and quality) of informal spaces for play (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to play.

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Building on the foundation that we are only as strong as we are united, Together We Play L.A.! will begin by creating two uniquely designed, fully-inclusive playgrounds in South Central Los Angeles at Jackie Tatum and Vermont Gage Park. The collective play area will feature 20,000 square feet of sensory rich and challenging play opportunities for children of all abilities.

Upon completion in February of 2016, Shane's Inspiration will transform these playgrounds, along with others already in progress throughout the County of Los Angeles, into classrooms bringing 3,500 children of all abilities together where they will learn profound lessons of acceptance, understanding and respect for diversity.

Children with disabilities are 66% more likely to be bullied than their typically developing peers due to damaging misconceptions and bias. By discovering our similarities and connections, children are able to build powerful bridges of friendship and inclusion.

Educators will deliver interactive class workshops to elementary and middle school students designed to increase understanding of people with disabilities which will include:

Writing and group discussion about feelings and assumptions about disabilities;

A fast-paced verbal game that helps differentiate between disability fact and myth;

A powerful video shows children with disabilities in their daily lives, giving students a chance to identify with their peers; and

Simulation exercises offer possible perspectives of individuals with disabilities

Staff workshops on social inclusion best practices and how to support students

Students are then prepared for their field trip with specific tools to interact with peers who have non-verbal communication, sensory processing differences, and physical challenges.

We provide transportation from the campus to the playground via local transit companies. Our staff meet the students at the playground, where we support children with and without disabilities during a day of integration and play.

A classroom workshop will follow the field trip, including a written exercise, wrap-up discussion, Q & A and a closing activity that illustrates the reciprocity of the exchange.

“After being a buddy on my field trip, a person with a disability makes me feel like I want to play with them and have fun. I don’t feel nervous anymore because they are just like me!" Emma, 4th Grade

This powerful acceptance of our diversity will make LA the very best place to play!

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.

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"You can learn more about someone in an hour of play than in a year of conversation." Plato

Our educators will measure attitudinal shifts in students via pre- and post-field trip written assessments. Prior to their field trips, students may communicate that they are: fearful of people in wheelchairs; sad and believe people with disabilities are unable to live a fulfilling life; afraid of touching people with disabilities because they are contagious; and afraid of being hurt by them.

Written assessments after the field trips may reveal a major shift in perception. In one classroom of 5th graders, the words sad and bad were repeated 90 times in their written assessments. After their field trip, those same words were used 19 times.

Educators will also be given a written assessment form to provide valuable feedback on their experience of the program.

It is our goal to work in partnership with a local university to create a broader assessment of this program.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)

Education/training

Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

Discussion
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I VOTE FOR SHANES INSPIRATION 100%

by RENA66
5 months ago

I VOTE FOR SHANES INSPIRIATION 100%%

by RENA66
5 months ago

Best non-profit anywhere.

by harveybranman
5 months ago

An amazing organzation that changes the lives of children and their parents.

by swingtime21
5 months ago

Wonderful organization with big hearted people helping children with disabilities.

by TonyBlake
5 months ago

These play grounds and programs are Fantastic!!

by cathyhopp
5 months ago

Love these playgrounds because they look like an awesome playground, but really, they are magical places where kids who have different abilities can go and just be kids. They are accepted and honored for who they are, not ostracized or left out. Way to INCLUDE ALL KIDS, Shane's Inspiration. Good luck!

by lildogg220
5 months ago

Great organization

by pete_pelayo
5 months ago

My children, at a very young age, learned that sometimes other kids have differences in their ability to play. Although my kids can play at any playground, their experience at Shane's Inspiration taught them to embrace and to have a better understanding about kids with all playing abilities.

by Chicago3
5 months ago

PLAY FOR ALL KIDS no matter what their ability is what all public playgrounds should offer, but they don't! Shane's Inspiration not only creates the most beautiful, theme-filled playgrounds, but they have the only education program in the world that actually teaches kids how to be compassionate and unbiased toward their peers who may have different abilities. Please consider supporting this amazing project that will bring inclusive play to South Central L.A. where it is desperately needed! The kids are waiting to play!

by simonsays
5 months ago

As a Paralympic Gold medalist athlete, I know first-hand how profoundly sport has positively affected my life. It's not always "fun" to use a wheelchair, but if you can get back in the game, experience life through something as fundamental as play, you can express and discover who you are. The Shane's Inspiration Playgrounds are not only an incredibly cool architectural contribution to any community, they stand for a place where everyone in the community can gather together, barrier free and PLAY! Every child deserves the fundamental right to play, if they are sidelined by a lack of access the world misses out on who they are. It has happened to me, watching my niece and nephew, I simply took them to our local park in UT. The playground itself was step down into wood chips, I could not access the jungle gym or slide and therefore I was not able to effectively "watch" my niece and nephew. All parents and children deserve access to our shared community playgrounds. Shane's Inspiration has shown how easily and artfully that can be achieved. It is a gold medal win for any community to have a Shane's Inspiration Playground.

by stephanivictor
5 months ago

Fantastic organization!! Changing lives everyday!

by dschulte
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an organization that needs to be funded to help these children enjoy facilities for them for years to come.

by good1981
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is a remarkable organization fostering change in the way the world plays and the way the world sees children of all abilities -- let's play! All ages, all children -- everyone plays. Los Angeles has an incredible resource making changes in the lives of children by partnering with Shane's Inspiration. We were all children once -- and today's children will become tomorrow's leaders with a new perspective thanks to the work of Shane's Inspiration.

by NCinSD
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is a great organization to be involved with. They are doing amazing things and changing lives.

by gabrielej
5 months ago

Working with Shane's Inspiration has taught me so much about what it takes to give joy and happiness to children of all abilities just by implementing "play". The playgrounds educate children and adults on how to communicate and engage in their surroundings while having a fun time. In these times of electronics it is amazing to see how children still love and need the basic interaction playing can provide.

Each playground has a unique theme, provides a safe environment and includes children of all ages so that siblings can play together.

by dee.stajcer
5 months ago

Good People doing Great Things!

by sMaxwell
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration started with one playground in one city because of one little boy. Thanks to the founders who kept on going, thousands and thousands of children of all abilities have benefitted from inclusive playgrounds in many countries now. This is a charity that creates so much joy from its mission in action, fosters camaraderie, encourages empathy, and ultimately understanding, among our next generations.

by DWC1
5 months ago

Shane’s Inspiration is changing the lives of children by providing all-inclusive play environments that provide necessary social interaction. This interaction allows children, with or without disabilities, to play together and have a better understand and respect for each other. To that end, Shane’s Inspiration provides play environments that are accessible for children with or without disabilities.

by APC1
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration truly personifies the spirit of play in all that they do. Their love and care for the children they serve is evident in every aspect of their organization. I volunteer at their play dates and "Run Walk" events as well as their fundraisers and the transformative power of the work they do radiates in the faces of the children and their families. Their initiative to use the process of play to educate and influence for acceptance of all people regardless of their physical or emotional abilities is the definition of what it takes to change the world.

by kailamakolia
5 months ago

Shane's inspiration brings tears to my eyes because so many
lives have benefited. When something is worthwhile it is never
easy. The determination of love, community and acceptance
brings inspiration and dedication to this amazing organization.

by Readysetgo2
5 months ago

This foundation truly understands what it means to make a difference. Creating a space for all children to play and express themselves is beautiful, but the next step of educating and opening young minds to accept all levels of ability with love and friendship, is the kind of work that changes the world into a better place.

by kateezyb
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is such a worthy cause! I am proud to stand behind them and support their vision for inclusive play. :)

#TeamNCIS!

by Seleya
5 months ago

Understanding and compassion will be the most effective prevention to bullying behavior. Bringing children together, with and without disabilities, at a young age fosters these attitudes before fear of differences can take over. Thank you to Shane's Inspiration for making dreams into reality!

by TamaraHatwan
5 months ago

When children play together differences become invisible. Hooray for Shane's Inspiration!

by portermk
5 months ago

Shane's Inspiration helped set a standard for our family and our son Spencer who was born with TAR syndrome and is now a double amputee. Spencer first went to a SI playground when he was 2. He has been lucky to know a world where playgrounds are accessible - and where tolerance is taught in the classrooms - Shane's Inspiration honors all children - which our our future. All playgrounds need to be built under these standards, and "Together we are able" education programs need to be in all our schools......Please support this incredible organization that is dedicated to making the world a better place, one playground at a time.

by jennhawkpowell
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an awesome organization! Their mission is to have a world devoid of bullying and discrimination by creating beautiful and, yet, challenging (both physically and mentally) playgrounds. They actively pursue these goals through Play Dates and Outreach programs. In addition, the staff is amazing!
From the Founders, to the Director, Designer and the office staff/volunteers there is such a fierce commitment to heal the world, one child at a time. I

by AceW
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an incredible organization!! Thank you for your hard work and dedication to ensure that all children have a chance to play together.

by ABinder1112
6 months ago

Thank you, Shane's Inspiration!

by MamaTess
6 months ago

I am so very proud to be a part of Shane's Inspiration. The Mission, the Staff and the programs are so very needed and are so effective. It is an honor to work with such amazing people toward a goal that truly touches everyone.

by EasyPar
6 months ago

I am proud to support my friend Kathy's favorite charity. Thank you for the creating a safe place for all children!

by sylvia99
6 months ago

As a teacher who supports students with disabilities in general education classrooms, Shane's Inspiration is an extension of our work in that the integration, acceptance and working together in the classroom can be extended to the playground where the bullying tends to be the most prevalent. Thank you Shane's Inspiration for your commitment to this and seeing that all kids playing together is the best way to stop bullying because it changes the focus to our similarities rather than our differences.

by ARjohnston
6 months ago

In one of the largest cities in the world, Shane's Inspiration is focusing on what really matters to kids (and their parents) -- getting outside and playing with other children in a safe environment, where there are smiles and laughter and most importantly, no bullying. It has been a unique and extraordinary opportunity for my daughters to meet and work with kids with disabilities, and we look forward to participating in every park event that we can. My youngest daughter enjoyed this group so much that her college entrance essay was written about it. This group is making a significant difference in our community, through volunteers, students, community groups and families. We are huge believers in the Together We Play L.A. program and once you get to know them, we think you will be too!

by joanne.h.drake
6 months ago

My son was seven before there was a park he could play in. SEVEN. Imagine being a kid and having to sit on the sidelines while you watch others play! My son has now grown up with this magical organization and because of the work they've done, he's now able to pay it forward by teaching others about inclusive play. How amazing is that?? Shane's RULES.

by ColeStar
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is a magical place! It's amazing to se kids of all abilities play together! Take your kids!

by MichaelJMorris
6 months ago

My school full, of wonderful special needs students, is lucky to be a part of Shane's Inspirations Community Outreach program, where we buddy up with a general education class of 5th grade students at a park designed for all kids to enjoy. The 5th graders have gone through a sensitivity training that helps them understand what it is to face each day with a variety of challenges. I can't say enough wonderful things about this organization, filled with so very many special people.

by rwise
6 months ago

In a world beset with various kinds of discrimination it is heartwarming to see an organization that breaks down barriers while the children are still young. Everything begins with teaching children. It doesn't take very long for prejudices to become part of ones character if kids don't learn early.
Art

by Akraus
6 months ago

We fell in love with Shane's Inspiration at our first visit to a Shane's park when we saw our two kids playing side by side for the first time--our daughter in her wheelchair and her able-bodied brother next to her. The essence of Shane's Inspiration is to decrease bullying of children with disabilities by fostering inclusive play.

by Ckurz
6 months ago

Having a play ground that fosters and encourages inclusive play for children with all abilities is vital for every child. Typically developing or not

by sherene.hulugalle
6 months ago

As a teenager, I can attest to the fact that bullying is a huge issue in today's society. Not only that, but exclusion is so common among children of all ages. Shane's Inspiration works hard to build parks that can bring children together of all ages, abilities, and interests. They work hard to create spaces that are fun, accessible, and safe for all children. This organization is incredible and has changed so many lives. They work so hard to make a difference and I have seen their impact firsthand many times! Such an inspiring organization.

by drakedanielle3
6 months ago

I have been aware and loved Shane's inspiration for years. The playgrounds are innovative and inclusive. My favorite part of being at any Shane's playground is seeing children of all abilities interact without a second thought. They just play. They also foster a bully free environment. Children who are "different" can really be bullied - Shane's education program and their shames play program really help eradicate such behavior - with their peer mentoring, all children learn that we aren't very different at all and therefore the chances of bullying decreases. Thank you Shane's Inspiration for your unwavering commitment to children.

by barbarabonds
6 months ago

Such a great organization with a wonderful purpose.

by nashgal
6 months ago

Our friends, family, and children of all ages from Exceptional Children's Foundation's programs have encountered an expanded sense of a social and recreational life, thanks to the Shane's Inspiration My Playclub playdates on weekends and Together We Play weekday field trips.

by gilperson
6 months ago

I have four grandchildren who enjoy the great Shane's Playgrounds. It allows the two that are in wheelchairs to play along with children who are not restricted with no barriers and no fear of bullying. They are all four accepted and treated the same. Shane's Inspiration has given them so much self confidence. I am so thankful for Shane's Inspiration and making this is available to my granddaughters.

by bkchauvin
6 months ago

Great work these guys do!!

by lshalet
6 months ago

As a mom of a severely disabled cild who is constantly stared at and whispered about, it was so important to me to be able to come to a playground where he is embraced and we are made to feel so welcome

by makins2001
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an inspiration. Their playgrounds make it possible for children, parents and grandparents to interact and HAVE FUN!

by Ja9
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an innovative and amazing organization that makes the lives of able bodied kids as well as those with disabilities BETTER. They deserve to win this important vote.

Roberta Wilson

by robertaw
6 months ago

I'm going to talk about a different kind of bulling. A bulling that is not intentional. A bulling done by not providing inclusiveness. How many times have I seen my sister sit instead of play with her peers. Because when she runs she gets tired when she runs she falls and she doesn't truly understand why her body doesn't respond like the rest. I am guilty of bulling her I tell her "no don't run", "don't do that Esme you'll fall". I am guilty and a contributor of her missing out on her right as a child to play. When I remember about her as I go about my day thinking only about me like so many of us do, it makes me sad. It makes me sad to see her sit on her free time on her iPad (which she enjoys) looking at YouTube channels of kids playing pranks and running around or music videos of her current pop boy crush. Every time I leave my house she asks where I am going in hopes she can go, if even for a car ride. She loves school because she is able to interact with other kids and all her teachers. She loves Shane's Inspiration of the attention she gets, because Shane's is her thing, every time we make it to a Shane's event she knows it's for her, we are there for her. I recently took her to Scooters Jungle and I made everything in my power to make every play area assessable to her and it was not easy but it was all worth it, when the next day she thanked me for taking her. Thank you to everyone reading this and my apologies for my rambling and any grammar errors.

We love Shane's Inspiration, and all the wonderful staff and volunteers.

by Samzanight
6 months ago

Shane's conquers fear, bias and bullying one child at a time and it's working. They do amazing work

by JMthe2nd
6 months ago

Ableism is a subtle, mostly unheard of sort of bullying and one that can be most disastrous to young children already dealing with the normal throes of childhood challenges. Shane's Inspiration takes HUGE steps towards eradicating those biases by fostering inclusion across the globe. Not only is this a wonderful organization doing incredible work in our global community, but it happens to be run by some of the most genuine, kind and accepting people you could meet.

by Phashonkat
6 months ago

I have attended many of Shane's Inspiration's My PlayClub events. I am always in awe of the way these inclusive playgrounds bring kids of all abilities together. The events are filled with joy, laughter and learning. There is never a child sitting isolated on the sidelines unable to play on the equipment. The lesson everyone learns, children & adults, is that we are all wanting to have fun and can do it together!

by sydroo2
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration has been an amazing support as a collaborative partner in creating least restrictive environments for students with disabilities. Amazing group of dedicated individuals!!!!!!!!

by gerif
6 months ago

The most dedicated group of people I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with. Totally committed to the normalization of child play for children of all abilities. I have attended not only the play dates in the Sharne's Playgrounds, but also the pre and post "in classroom event"s and saw the differences that were so apparent at the end of the three part play dates. How positively the children all responded to the experience.

by MasqueMan
6 months ago

Great organization with focus and compassion and a brilliant staff. They deserve your support too.
Brian McG.

by brian.mcgilloway.9
6 months ago

EVERY person, every child, every family, every community benefits from this terrific organization!

by megazak11
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is invaluable to our population of families with children with special needs. We need family friendly playgrounds that our wheelchair, visually impaired, intellectually disabled and other special needs children can feel safe. We need to help get the word out that these parks are out there. Shane's Inspiration reaches all 60 of our families because they invite our school and our after-school program to so many playdates and events at their beautiful parks. Shane's Inspiration needs exposure and the support of everyone so that our children with special needs have a fun place to go where they can access the entire playground.

by Corkyorourke
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an inspiration! Thank you for all the work you do to help change the world, one child, one family, one community at a time!

by Ja9
6 months ago

I'm pleased to know someone is looking out for special needs children who are often overlooked and ignored, something which is painful enough when your're a youngster. That these kids often have to defend themselves against bullying, as well, is unspeakable! The work you do is important and noble. Thank you for your efforts.

by bf17
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an OUTSTANDING organization whose work benefits ALL children whether they have a disability or not. Shane's Inspiration touches the hearts of all the lives they touch - children and adults! I am thankful in that because of their mission and good work, they help me in my effort to teach teenagers what it truly means to be understanding, giving and loving adults. Thank you for what you do for all of us!

by TerryMcGaha
6 months ago

So much of bullying is about not understanding. Shane's is the perfect place for kids to see they have so much more in common, than not. I've seen miracles on the Shane's playgrounds!

by pattallman
6 months ago

I use a wheelchair. Universally accessible playgrounds are very important because they teach children that people with difficult abilities aren't much different from children who don't have different abilities. This understanding decreases bullying.

by AllisonCameronGray
6 months ago

Attending just one Shane's Inspiration event inspired my whole family to volunteer to help. Seeing the smiles on the kids faces at the playgrounds, watching them just be kids and the enjoyment on the faces of the volunteers and kids of all abilities sold us on the importance of inclusive play. Meeting the staff and meeting families who have been helped by Shane's has been so rewarding, we're always looking forward to the next time we can help out!

by jean.mitchell
6 months ago

This is a magical organization that designs and builds the most amazing Universal Accessable Play Structures (Everyone can play on them)! They are fun and gorgeous and full of activities and exercise and imagination. So happy Shane's Inspiration is partnering with Los Angeles Rec &Park to bring one of their magical structures to my area!

by mojad
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration teaches children how to respect, interact and enjoy kids with differing abilities. Through their inclusive playgrounds, My Playclub and the Education Program they are eliminating the bias against children with disabilities. Bullying is a major factor for these children and I have never seen it happen on one of the inclusive playgrounds. Thank you so much, Shane's Inspiration, for providing a safe place for all children to play together.

by makolia42
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration playgrounds are so essential to children of all abilities. And there is nothing like the feeling you get when you see children with physical challenges get to play and flourish on a playground right along with the typically-abled kids. Every community that builds a Shane's playground benefits from it tremendously. Every community should have one!

by DahliaG
6 months ago

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” -Plato
There was nothing more gratifying than being able to play hide and seek on the playground with my two little friends: one running and one rolling. I met these two little ladies as a volunteer at the playground in Griffith Park and was fortunate enough to witness the independence and inclusion Shane's playgrounds provide. Freedom, it's the ultimate gift kids get when they come here. Freedom from restrictions, from judgement and from exclusion. It also didn't hurt that I as an overgrown 18 year old kid was able to play and thoroughly enjoy myself with my two new 7 year olds friends! Go Shane's!!!

by omono.o
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is making an impact on thousands of lives. Thank you for all the work you do! I hope some day that inclusive, accessible playgrounds are standard and there are no more children excluded from play.

Way to go Shane's!!!

by J10
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is doing such wonderful work all over the world. It is an organization that will bring us all together through play.....that is the international language.

by Lindafitzgerald11
6 months ago

This is a great organization!

by MSentianin
6 months ago

It is the birthright of all children to simply play in the park. That's one of our mottos that we truly believe in. Thanks for sharing with us, Jenn!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

To think that it all started in memory of one boy, Shane! And now we are making a difference all around the globe, thanks to the most dedicated staff, volunteers, and donors!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

The children are our inspiration!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you, Tess, for all you do for us!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

We are so lucky to have the best volunteers and donors!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks for your support, Sylvia!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you for sharing that. Here's hoping we can bring our playgrounds and programs to South Central L.A. and make a difference there! Shane's Inspiration inclusive playgrounds and programs really do make LA the best place to PLAY!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Shane's Inspiration is an international non-profit making an impact all over the globe, but we only have 8 staff members! We rely heavily on volunteers, so families like yours make it possible for us to make the difference we do. Thank you to all our volunteers!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Cole is an amazing young man! He has a bright future ahead! Thanks for letting our families grow together!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks, Michael! Your support means the world to us and the kids we serve!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Together, We Are Able! Thanks for helping us build common ground for kids of ALL abilities!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Art, we couldn't agree more. Thanks for helping us reach kids at a young age to make a difference for life!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Children with disabilities are more likely to be bullied than typically developing kids.Thank you for ALL you do to help us foster a bias-free world for children with different abilities!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Eliminating bias and fostering social inclusion is so important to all of us at Shane's Inspiration. Thanks for your unwavering support, Sherene!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Our playgrounds and programs impact all ages and abilities. Thank YOU for making a difference for us and voting and leaving such great comments!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Here's hoping LA2050 and The Goldhirsh Foundation understand the impact that our playgrounds and programs make on ALL the children - and adults - who use them! Thanks! :-)

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you, nashgal!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Exceptional Children's Foundation has the most special kids and we honor all the families who work so hard to provide their children with the very best. We are lucky that ECF is such an important part of our programming!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Together We Play LA will help Shane's Inspiration bring inclusive play to South Central LA, where we can make a difference for kids of all abilities there! Thanks for your kind words. We are blessed to have kids like your granddaughters in our lives!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks for voting for us and leaving a comment!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Social inclusion, acceptance and compassion are all found on Shane's Inspiration playgrounds. It's our mission to provide this for the children we serve.

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Yes! Our playgrounds are not only inclusive, but intergenerational. We build common ground for all ages and abilities!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks so much, Roberta!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Esme is one lucky girl to have a brother like you, Sam! Together, we can make a difference for young people through inclusive play. Kids just want to be kids. It's their birthright to simply play in the park!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

We couldn't do what we do without supporters like you. We thank you.

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Wow! From all of us at Shane's Inspiration, thank you for very kind comments. We love what we do!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

LA2050's goal is to provide EQUAL ACCESS to PLAY! We hope to bring our programs to South Central LA to make a difference for the kids in that community. Thanks for always helping us to make a difference!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks for partnering with us to make a difference for ALL kids!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Our Together We Are Able Social inclusion Education Program has impacted the lives of over 35,000 children... thanks to friends like you, George!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Brian, we appreciate your support so much!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you!!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

We are blessed and honored to work with the most special kids in the world! Thanks for all you do to help us spread the word.

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thanks Ja9! We couldn't do it without the support of people like you.

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

We appreciate your kind words and support!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you, Terry. Your Immersion Program does an amazing job of shaping our youth for tomorrow. Kudos for all YOU do!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

We understand, Pat! Our programs partner children with special needs and typical kids as buddies so they can explore and embrace their differences - with no judgements. Bring on the magic. Bring on the miracles!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you, Allison, for all you do to break down barriers for people with different abilities! You rock!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Jean, we are so blessed to have your family as part of our Shane's Inspiration family. Thanks for sharing!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

You're right... our playgrounds are not only inclusive, but they are a great place for therapists to do therapy exercises in a play environment. Lots of sensory play, too!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

You're right! Our inclusive playgrounds teach compassion and acceptance for all! Thank you!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Aw, thanks, Dahlia. We value your support... and agree with your comments!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

That's one of our favorite quotes, Mo! Thank you for always supporting our cause!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Right on, J10!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Linda, thanks for your kind words and continued support!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

Thank you so much!!

by ShanesInspiration
6 months ago

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