Santa Barbara, with its serene beaches and vibrant community, has always been a place close to my heart. Growing up here allowed me to immerse myself in a variety of physical activities, but life post-injury presented a different set of challenges and opportunities for exploration. Despite the changes, Santa Barbara continued to be a sanctuary of inclusivity and accessibility, offering a plethora of experiences that cater to all abilities.
Here are some special places that cherish the inclusivity of our beautiful city.
Discovering Inclusive Spaces
The Carp State Beach Boardwalk has been a breath of fresh air, offering not just stunning views but also the warmth of shared laughter with friends. Similarly, Lotusland, with its botanical marvels, has been a refuge where my family and I connect with nature’s serenity.
At places like Franceschi Park, I’m reminded of the community’s efforts to ensure spaces are welcoming for everyone, making each visit a joyous reunion with the city’s panoramic beauty.
Engaging in Community Activities
The inclusivity at the Santa Barbara Zoo and MOXI mirrors the city’s ethos. Here, I’ve seen firsthand how inclusivity isn’t just about physical accessibility but about creating experiences that everyone can enjoy equally, sparking wonder and curiosity.
The Inclusive Arts Clubhouse, my creation through the Grace Fisher Foundation, is our vibrant hub of inclusivity right here in Santa Barbara. It’s more than just a space; it’s where our community’s diverse abilities shine through art. Here, everyone gets to explore their creative side, build lasting friendships, and grow in confidence and independence. And the best part? Our programs are adaptive, inclusive, and absolutely free, making art accessible to all.
Experiencing Vibrant Events and Entertainment
A Personal Reflection
While beach chairs may not be suitable for everyone due to varying levels of mobility, Santa Barbara’s commitment to accessibility is evident in its efforts to make communal spaces and experiences welcoming for all. It’s this spirit of inclusivity that has allowed me to find new passions and create new memories, despite the initial struggles of adapting to a different lifestyle post-injury.
Santa Barbara’s spirit of inclusivity has not only enriched my life but also illuminated the path for others, proving that with support, resilience, and community, every journey is possible.
Come visit us at the Inclusive Arts Clubhouse next time you are in Santa Barbara.