Linda Hall, married to actor Marion “Pooch” Hall, is the founder and CEO of Djanai’s Angels, and Angel’a Awareness and is now launching the Inclusion Clubhouse.
The Inclusion Clubhouse is to be a space in which families with children who are both typically -abled and differently-abled can go for a day of family fun that does not discriminate. On the website, Linda explains:
I am the mother of a developmentally delayed 16 year old girl with Cerebral Palsy named Djanai, a typically abled 7 year old girl Djaeda, and a typical 6 year old boy, Djordan. As a family it has been a challenge to find activities in which the whole family could participate in, so I decided to create a place where we could include activities for everyone. A place that is totally accessible and fun for my older teenager in a wheelchair but still entertaining and fun for the younger kids to play and enjoy as well. A place where we could expose typically able kids to those who have disabilities and teach them to play with one another, building bonds and bridges, teaching compassion and patience, creating a stronger more tolerant community.
This non-profit organization is currently in development. Ultimately, Linda intends to have five key spaces: The Multi-Sensory Experience room, and Arts & Crafts station, an Action Room that will feature an indoor adaptive jungle gym and wall, a Music/Dance/Theatre room, and a Family Resource centre.
Linda and Pooch met while attending University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and married in 1999. While Pooch has pursued his acting career, Linda has taken on many endeavours, including working as a counsellor in a college setting, and hopes to continue helping families with special needs, like her own.