bring work home but it is becoming harder the more popular shows I’m on become,” says Hall.
“I will be with my kids and they are wondering ‘Why do people want to take a picture of my daddy?’ My oldest daughter is developmentally delayed and handicapped. A lot of people don’t know that about her because I’m sensitive about her and protective of her and all my kids, but that really changed my life.
But when things get a little tough taking care of his special needs daughter, Hall, once again is able to lean on family.
“My oldest daughter requires a lot of attention and work and that’s where my wife comes in and is a strong woman. She can’t be as great as she can be because she has to make sure that my daughter can be her greatest.”
In support of their daughter and other special needs children, Hall and his wife, Linda, created the non-profit inClusion ClubHouse, where children with developmental disabilities can learn and play. Their ClubHouse will include five key spaces, including an arts and crafts “creation station” and a multi-sensory experience room.
“Djanai is a gift and a beautiful being. A lot of people complain about stuff that is really dumb. My daughter can’t walk or talk and is one of the happiest people on the planet. All she knows is love.”
“I take a page from her book. The world would be so much better if we don’t judge. I don’t complain about dumb s**t. She doesn’t know hate, she doesn’t know race, she doesn’t know judgment. She just knows love and fun. I took a lesson from her. “
Actor Pooch Hall and his wife Linda celebrated her graduating from high school in 2017.
The party, titled “Special Needs Family Prom,” spotlighted Djanai along with other children battling with developmental disorders. Djanai’s diagnosis spurred her parents to reach out to other moms and dads who have children with special needs. Together Pooch and Linda
also formed an organization specifically named after their daughter, called Djanai’s Angels, which seeks to build self-esteem among special needs kids and spread awareness about Palsy to parents.
“I became a daddy to my younger brother – first,”admits Hall. “When my parents were divorced, we lived with my dad. And as an older brother, I had to help around the house. I sorta assume the role while my dad was at work. I had to hold it down. To be honest, that was probably like my first taste of fatherhood.
When asked about the role any father should play, Hall simply said,
“I think a father is very imortant in the sense that he offers a male perspective and a male structure to the family household. I think it’s important for a man to be in a child’s life because he can touch on some things that moms may not be familiar. That’s why you have a mom and a dad. I wish it was like that for a lot of families. Shout out to single moms.”