In 1997, Shane Alexander Williams came into his parents’ lives for a beautiful but brief moment. Born with spinal muscular atrophy, Shane passed away two weeks after his birth. Through their profound grief, Catherine Curry-Williams and Scott Williams began searching for a way to honor their son’s life. They soon realized that Shane’s disability would have prevented him from playing on a playground with other children. At that time, there were no truly accessible inclusive playgrounds in the Western United States.
So a year later, Catherine, Scott, and close friend Tiffany Harris, were rallying friends, family, and community leaders to build the very first Universally Accessible Inclusive Playground in California. In 2000, they cut the ribbon on “Shane’s Inspiration Playground” in LA’s Griffith Park, beginning a wave of inclusive play that would change Los Angeles forever.
Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration has grown from that one playground to a network of 70 inclusive playgrounds throughout the world, with another 75 in development. We have eight international playgrounds in Mexico, Israel, Canada, Ecuador and Russia. Our education and community outreach programs, which work to eliminate bias against children with disabilities, have directly served over 40,000 children in over 250 schools. Our Inclusion Education Program, which allows educators an opportunity to independently facilitate our education program, has been ordered from 65 countries throughout the world.
In 2013, Inclusion Matters made a commitment to establish our mission on five continents by 2018. In 2015, we made a second commitment to promote literacy through play in partnership with Too Small To Fail and Landscape Structures Inc.
Our vision is to foster a bias-free world for children with disabilities. Our mission is to create inclusive playgrounds and educational programs that unite children of all abilities.
Thank you for being a part of Inclusion Matters by Shane’s Inspiration…for helping continue a legacy that is spreading across the world…a legacy of inclusion, laughter, and play for all children