My younger sister, Daisy, has serious special needs. Compared to typical kids she struggles cognitively and, sometimes, physically because of an arbitrary mix up in her chromosomes. Essentially, a lot about her is different from a typical child. However, one trait that exemplifies the similarities between her and anybody else is that she likes the […]

“Having a child with special needs affects every part of my life.  Our entire lives have changed, from getting outside of the door, to going on a walk, or going to the park. Everything is different than it would have been if Lucy was a typical child without any medical or special needs.”  – Cherisse […]

What do you see when you picture a person with special needs? We see our sisters. We are three teens from Palo Alto California, each of whom has a younger sister with special needs. Growing up in an area obsessed with academic achievement and accomplishment reinforced the concept that many people are clueless about the […]

To Individuals Running for Office: What we are addressing here is not a partisan issue; it is a human issue. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican or Independent, you are likely ignoring the largest minority group in the world: the disabled population. It’s a minority group that each and every one of us could become […]

Revolutionizing Playgrounds: Magical Bridge Foundation Far surpassing ADA requirements, foundation poised to bring truly inclusive and innovative playgrounds to communities everywhere. For immediate release: April 18, 2016. Palo Alto, CA.  Since its April 2015 opening in Palo Alto, California, Magical Bridge Playground is heralded as the nation’s most innovative and inclusive playground. The first of […]

Magical Bridge Sway Boat

I first visited Magical Bridge Playground at its grand opening, in April 2015. I so clearly remember watching children in wheelchairs playing side-by-side with able-bodied children, something I certainly had never seen as a kid. The words “play” and “childhood” felt connected in my mind, yet I never realized the extent to which many children – and adults […]

Jamaica Cooper

As a child I rarely played on the playground; it wasn’t accessible for me. In fact, I only remember one time actually playing on a playground with my siblings.  Can you imagine how left out and angry I felt because my siblings loved playgrounds – and all I wanted to do was play with them? […]

Inclusion Benefits Everyone

Inclusion means everywhere, always and everything. There is no question that creating inclusive environments is morally right, and studies have shownthat building a caring and accepting communities benefits everyone.  At Magical Bridge, we feel a playground is the perfect place to start. When given the chance to play side by side inclusively, children with disabilities: Are more […]