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About Rancho Pix

Changing Lives Through Art and Community

Rancho Pix is an Affiliate Program of Rancho Research Institute

The concept of Rancho Pix began with Dr. Charles Stewart, past president of the Rancho

Research Institute (RRI), and an accomplished photographer in his own right. His dedicated

efforts helped transform the idea of an RRI photography program for persons with disability into


In 2014, 18 individuals with spinal cord injury became the first to take part in the

program. Since then, Rancho Pix has helped other participants not only learn new photography

skills but to also develop new friendships and experience personal growth. Many said they

gained confidence, felt more empowered, and just generally had an improved quality of life.

As with any creative process, Rancho Pix continues to evolve and grow. Moving forward,

the program will now be open to persons with other disabilities as well as those with spinal cord

injury. It will also be offered virtually for a safe, more convenient experience. Upcoming

planned activities include lectures by professional photographers, online participant discussion

groups, and photography competitions with prizes.


Our Mission

Through the Rancho Pix, we hope to provide individuals with disabilities the opportunity to:

  •  Express themselves through photography

  •  Improve wellness of body, mind, and spirit

  •  Be part of a community and develop new friendships

  •  Discover new abilities and hidden potential

About Rancho Research Institute

Research. Education. Innovation. Excellence in each of these areas is the foundation upon

which Rancho Research Institute (RRI) was built, and those ideals continue to shape the focus of

our work today.

Established in 1956, RRRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that administers medical

research and educational programs at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in

Downey, California. Rancho is the provider of choice for medical rehabilitation and research in

the United States. It is a world-renowned public hospital providing high-quality, comprehensive

care for people with disabilities, and a recognized leader in the application of world-class

neuroscience and rehabilitation.

Meet The Team

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