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Julie Inman
Public Speaker & Chairman of SupportAbility

One of Julie's great passions is sharing her story of recovery to others. She is available to speak and mentor others.
SupportAbility gives The Julie Inman Courage Award. It has awarded over $500,000 since its inception in 2001. Julie is thrilled and honored to have the Courage Award so well received! Now the organization gives memorial awards as well.

SupportAbility is a program that belongs to many, many people who have given donations, their time, their support and their belief in its mission - Rewarding Courage!

"Allow me to introduce Julie Inman, a woman of extraordinary courage.
Julie suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the young age of 15, leaving her in a coma for five weeks, and hospitalized for six months. Julie was literally incapable of doing anything; she did not even have a coughing reflex. Most people would have been totally defeated; but not Julie.

After many hours of physical therapy, learning to walk, talk, and read, things that many of us take for granted, Julie went on to graduate with her high school class from Mater Dei in 1985, and the University of Southern California (USC) in 1989, earning a B.A. in English.

Julie served for many years on the "Irvine Residents With Disabilities Advisory Board". She was also a member of OCTAs "Special Needs In Transit Committee". Now she devotes her time to SupportAbility. She also writes a newsletter for SupportAbility, EmpowerAbility.

Julie has lived courage, hard work, and perseverance, which is why her parents, Peter & Patricia Inman, established the Julie Inman Courage Award in 1985. This award rewards courage of young high school students who refuse discouragement. The recipient must be a graduating senior who has overcome a major obstacle in their life.

Julie has a passion to be an encourager to all who are forced to overcome great odds in order to live a successful productive life.

EmpowerAbility is her newsletter. It was created to assist in keeping the disabled informed; now it serves as a newsletter for SupportAbility and its contributors.

SupportAbility is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which includes The Julie Inman Courage Award program that rewards courage.

Courage shown by graduating high school seniors who have overcome obstacles, deserves to be recognized. SupportAbility's Board, under the capable leadership of Julie, desires to raise the funding necessary to fulfill the dream of rewarding courage.

The Courage Award has grown each year since SupportAbility became a non-profit corporation in 2001. In 2010, the award was given to 69 deserving students at 18 Orange and Los Angeles County high schools. It has awarded over $420,000 and is starting its fifteenith year.

Julie has been honored by Orange County organizations for the work of SupportAbility.
Honors in 2005 have been:

  • "The Clara Barton Spectrum Award"
    by Orange County Red Cross

  • "The Ring of Honor"by Mater Dei High School,
  • for graduates who have contributed to the community.
  • "The Women of Vision Award"by "We Give Thanks, Inc."

In 2006, she was honored with Bank of Americas "Neighborhood Hero Recognition Award".

In 2010, Julie's name was selected to be put on the City of Irvine's "Wall of Recognition".

 In 2011, she was nominated in the category of Best Founder, for the 2011 National Philanthropy Day."

And in 2015 the City of Irvine gave a block grant of $1000 to SupportAbility and the Julie Inman Courage Award.

In October 2017 in honor of disability awareness month, L.A. Fitness wrote a blog in their on-line newsletter featuring Julie and her story. It was electronically linked to SupportAbilities site.

Written by Nancy Lewis, Board Member 

Updated 2-14-2018