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Inspired by Shane Popiny's resilience and Pepper's unwavering support, the Shane & Pepper Foundation is dedicated to championing inclusion, equality, and equity. We are committed to curating programs that nurture social, life, culinary, and vocational skills, ensuring the disability and neurodiverse communities are empowered, prepared, and celebrated in both the workforce and the vibrant spectrum of life


In the poignant photograph above, we witness a remarkable chapter in our history as our founder, Shane, alongside his mobility service dog, Pepper, gracefully accepts the Joyce Byrd Leadership Award.

This prestigious honor, bestowed upon them by Art-Rech at the vibrant Fringe Arts venue in Philadelphia, PA, stands as a testament to their unwavering commitment and significant contributions to advancing accessibility and inclusion.

Despite the challenges posed by age, Shane has emerged as a luminary force, diligently working to create a world brimming with opportunities for the disability and neurodiverse community. Their journey, marked by resilience and an unyielding spirit, has not only paved the way for transformative change but has also ignited a beacon of hope and inspiration for many.


Ability Travel Program

At Shane & Pepper, we believe in nurturing the unique abilities inherent in each individual. Our tailored programs aim to equip members of the disability and neurodiverse communities with essential skills, fostering self-sufficiency, confidence, and meaningful engagement in the workforce. What We Offer: Vocational Training: Unlock the doors to employment with our hands-on vocational training, which provides a conducive environment for mastering practical job skills. Social Skills Enhancement: Navigate social landscapes with ease and confidence through our interactive social skills programs. Our programs are meticulously designed to bridge the transition from high school to a bright future filled with endless possibilities. Here, we don't just see your disability; we see your ability, your potential, and your future success. Get in Touch: To learn more about our programs or to get started on your journey toward empowerment, contact Marie or Brett at 215-509-1584. Your brighter tomorrow awaits! Investment: A small monetary donation would be very helpful. Please note that all donations are tax-deductible. Your pathway to a future filled with opportunities and growth begins here at Shane & Pepper. Let’s explore, learn, and grow together!

The Shane & Pepper Foundation is dedicated to enhancing vocational and social skills in individuals of all abilities. We achieve this by traveling to various locations across Northeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Northern Maryland, participating in craft shows and events. Our mission is simple yet profound: to offer anyone with a different ability the opportunity to sign up with our foundation and acquire these vital skills within our inclusive community. The significance of vocational and social skills for the disability and neurodiverse community cannot be overstated. These skills empower individuals, providing them with the tools to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. Vocational skills open doors to employment opportunities, boosting self-confidence and self-sufficiency. Social skills foster meaningful connections, combat isolation, and promote a sense of belonging. Moreover, the engagement of the general community with individuals of different abilities is equally crucial. It promotes understanding, empathy, and a more inclusive society where everyone's unique strengths and talents are recognized and valued. By breaking down barriers and fostering connections, we create a world where diversity is celebrated, and opportunities are extended to all. Together, we can build a more inclusive and compassionate community for everyone.

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