When most kids think of a playground, they picture a place where they can let loose, make new friends, exercise, and have fun. It is a place where, no matter the equipment provided, most children can be relatively sure that they are going to thoroughly enjoy themselves. Unfortunately, this idealistic perception is very far from […]

Local Businesses Serving the Special Needs Community are Local Services Serving Us All. When I applied for an internship with Magical Bridge Foundation, I had no idea how impactful the experience would be. Visiting various organizations who serve those with special needs and working on marketing materials for the foundation taught me a lot about […]

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 […]