WHO WE ARE
In 2013, the Vega family suffered an embarrassing event at a local dining establishment in the Upstate. Eva, Henry, and their son were "asked" to leave a restaurant before they even got their food, solely because their son was "different". Not only were they singled out and discarded because of Autism, but it didn't matter to the restaurant that it was their son's birthday. To them, he was disposable, Their son's personal experience meant nothing.
And these encounters aren't unique to just the Vega's. Other special need families and disabled veterans in our area have went through similar scenarios. With the end result always being negative, which acts as a catalyst to self isolating and withdrawing from community engagement altogether.
We believe that there is a way to change the perception of disabilities hospitality industry. So in 2014 Both Henry and Eva set out to create THYME and Play. A one of a kind nonprofit that helps families and businesses Rediscover Hospitality.
WHAT WE DO
Helping The Community One Person at a Time
With this initiative, our goal is to promote positive experiences first. We provide access to the right resources, equipment and sometimes volunteers to ensure that the families that participate feel included. Learn more about how we do that by getting in touch with our team today.
Reinforcing our Commitment
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we constantly look for new ways to deal with the disability isolation challenge. Our Sensory Bus and Custom Event Program, is two ways we do that. From truly unique events to enhancing already structured events; our goal is to get people out and about in the community again.
OUR SENSORY BUS
Bringing the Accommodation to you
Accommodating special need families can often seem intimidating and costly, but with our help we can remove some of that stress for you by bringing our Sensory Bus. Whether its a space tailored to kids or adults, we got you covered, all you need is a parking spot.
CUSTOM ROOM DESIGN
Need help with your space
Are you trying to create a sensory place at home or in your business. Is organizing the last thing you want to do in your day. Have no fear. THYME and play is here. Not only are we able to help you plan out your sensory needs, we can also help in creating optimal workspaces for homeschool and Montessori-based learning. Reach out to us today so we can help you figure out what works best for your family!
OUR FOCUS AREAS
MOBILE WELLNESS PROGRAM
One of our key areas of focus here at THYME and Play is a source of much success for our Non-Profit Organization. By providing carefully thought out and planned experiences, we push to make respite, social and wellness opportunities more accessible for the caregiver and individuals living daily with a disability or impairment.
We see every challenge as an opportunity. Our community development initiative helps us ensure that other partner organizations are better prepared to manage the unique situations they may face when trying to accommodate the atypical person. We are invested in an innovative approach that empowers our community to deliver the supports as they need, when they need it in a way that grows outside of just THYME and play.
SCHOLARSHIPS (COMING SOON)
One of the biggest factors that lead to social isolation for families living with disabilities is much needed access to support equipment. This can range from adaptive items to communication devices. In order to enable confidence in community engagement we have to first address the physical need of the basic accommodation.