COMING IN 2016: The GO! Program (Get Outdoors) is a new program intended to enhance recreational and social opportunities for individuals with disabilities in our community by increasing access to public parks, fairs and festivals, farmer’s markets, sporting events, arts and leisure activities, rail trails, and the great outdoors. Inclusion in such outdoor activities, both existing and new, will lead to greater acceptance, personal enrichment, and overall improved health and wellness. The GO! Program will not only allow for greater accessibility to our clients, but also better educate our partners, government officials, and community agencies about accessibility and inclusion for all in the community. .
The GO! Program will take our clients beyond the walls of the DAC to explore their community and improve their health and wellbeing. Children and adults with special needs have the same wants, needs, and desires as their non-disabled peers. With minimal accommodations and accessibility, everyone in the community can be included in recreation, leisure and sporting events. And when everyone in the community is represented, everyone in the community wins.
The DAC is actively securing funding and planning some really cool events to kick off in Spring 2016 and last through Fall. We have reached out to our clients and families for ideas and inspiration to personalize Go! Program activities and events! We’ve started an online poll on Facebook where clients, families, and friends of the DAC can vote for what types of outdoor recreation they’re most interested in and what activities they would enjoy most.
Feel free to provide feedback here and on our Facebook page and you can always call the center at (304) 366-3213! Stay tuned for a list of Go! Program activities and sign up! Get ready to GO!