Pal exists to create access and inclusion to ensure everyone’s experience needs can be supported in public venues.
We’re dedicated to making places more inclusive & accessible for guests with developmental disabilities.
Just as a ramp helps those who move differently, Pal’s digital tools empower those who think differently to go out and explore their communities. Far too many families living with developmental disabilities are socially isolated. Anxiety over new experiences, difficulty communicating, and sensory overload are often so overwhelming, families end up staying home.
Through fundraising and partnerships, Pal Experiences creates digital tools, rooted in science, that address each of these challenges making it easier for families to go out and enjoy our community. Our vision is to create a vast network of inclusive Pal Places. With your help, we can make sure that everyone gets to go.
Because with Pal,
Our tools and resources help families and individuals impacted by developmental disabilities gain access to spaces where they may previously have felt left behind.
Howdy! I am Melanie and I love sharks. I studied biology and worked in zoos and aquariums to be closer to animals. But one day on my train ride home from work I met a family who said they couldn’t go to the aquarium because their son had autism and it was ‘too much’. Since that day I have been working and creating tools to make sure everyone gets to go, anywhere they want!
I love inclusion, hiking, picnicking, adventuring with my kiddos and husband, and of course, sharks 😉
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Hi I’m Hana, and I love all things Pal! I met Melanie many moons ago while I was teaching adults with disabilities how to work in the digital media space. I immediately fell in love with her mission of “everyone gets to go.”
I have 4 kiddos, and my oldest does live with disabilities, which makes what we do at Pal hit even closer to home for me.
Outside of Pal, I teach advertising and graphic design at a local university, I love watching films, and I’m addicted to collecting ampersands.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Balboa Park – the whole thing!
Hello! My name is Taylor, and I love dinosaurs – along with my son . I studied journalism and event management at Arizona State University. I use my copy writing and organizational skills to help small businesses and nonprofits achieve their missions. My niche is inclusion – I want people with disabilities to have the same opportunities as everyone else to lead fulfilling lives.
I love smiling faces, swimming, travelling with my family, and having fresh flowers in my home.
Arizona State Fair
Hi there! I’m Isaac, and I’m an Arizona State grad, a digital marketing specialist and an advocate for PAL Experiences and likeminded organizations that promote inclusion, diversity and acceptance.
When I’m not developing social media strategies for businesses or helping enrich the lives of individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities by making places or support services more accessible, find me caffeinating, fitness-coaching or raising my own daughters to share, accept and appreciate the differences in everyone.
Banner Children’s Urgent Care
Great Wolf Lodge
With your feedback & support, we can make a difference.