Kenneth T. Norris , Jr. Heritage of Freedom Award - Nicola Bridges
This year's Norris Heritage of Freedom honoree is Nicola Bridges, founder of Capability Ranch, an activities center for special needs youth and young adults at www.capabilityranch.com. Ms. Bridges stepped down from a successful media career to establish the center after enduring tragic loss in her own family. She is committed to Winston Churchill's philosophy, "We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."
The seed for Capability Ranch sprouted in the frenzied cracks between balancing Owen's needs with those of her older son, Jack, her career and her husband. "One day, I realized that if I could start over, I'd be a teacher or a special-education facilitator," she says. "It was just a feeling, but it stayed with me for years."
At Capability Ranch we aim to help nurture the creative talents and abilities of children and young adults with developmental delays, by exposing them to a variety of enriching activities and events at that inspire their imagination, enhance creative abilities, entertain, and help them discover and participate in new activities, projects and events.