Parenting Special Needs Magazine March/April 2017 : Page 38

individual equally to create a unified, loving, safe, supportive environment where all are the best they can be. Lisa feels... “the greatest impact we make to the world is to help individuals with disabilities believe in themselves and gain confidence and self-esteem. This often carries over to many other aspects in their life.” Though, as a nonprofit, funding is always an issue, the organization serves a huge territory; 35 US states and 4 provinces in Canada. Lisa hopes to bring “Shine” to every state and every province, for programs to one day be more affordable for host organizations, and that they can continue to increase the number of programs available. As the iCan Shine organization expands its recreational programs with iCan Dance and iCan Swim, they are always looking for hosts and volunteers. If you are interested in hosting one of these programs in your area, or would like more information on participating, visit to learn more. w Respect We value people, recognizing individual uniqueness and celebrating diversity. We focus on abilities rather than disabilities, as we work for the highest level of success for each program participant. Quality We are committed to the delivery of the highest quality programs to exceed the expectations of our customers. Innovation Innovation implies a try… fail… adjust process. We recognize failure as successfully learning how not to do something. We use the insight gained to make better decisions to strengthen future ideas and efforts. We honor and reward the efforts of the innovator. Learning and Teaching We foster a culture of learning & teaching both inside and outside the organization. We believe that knowledge and experience are gifts to be exchanged, everyone having something to learn and something to teach. By sharing knowledge freely, listening and learning together, we lift each 26 38 Parenting SPecial MAR/APR 2017

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