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The Record (Troy, NY) - - LO­CAL NEWS -

nu­mer­ous projects in lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to im­prove ac­cess to fa­cil­i­ties and other com­mu­nity re­sources. Projects have in­cluded con­struc­tion of Julie’s Jun­gle, a 4,000- square- foot, hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble play­ground with spe­cial­ized equip­ment such as ramps, a rub­ber­ized sur­face, short stair height, Braille play pan­els and sen­sory gar­den am­pli­fiers, en­abling chil­dren with phys­i­cal, vis­ual, hear­ing and cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties, and Wap­pinger Challenger Field, a hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble base­ball field where dis­abled youth ages 5 to 18 can par­tic­i­pate thanks to a smaller, syn­thetic in­field, as well as hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­ble dugouts, park­ing and re­strooms. Dutchess County also has hosted a se­ries of­movie days for spe­cial- need fam­i­lies and ser­vice providers, low­er­ing the sound and rais­ing the house lights in the the­ater to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren with sen­sory is­sues. In Au­gust, the county will hold its an­nual pic­nic for chil­dren with spe­cial needs, of­fer­ing chil­dren and their fam­i­lies an af­ter­noon of mu­sic, food and fun. Th­ese events are free of charge and open to all fam­i­lies liv­ing with spe­cial needs.

The lo­cal fo­rum was de­vel­oped with as­sis­tance from the ARC of Rens­se­laer County and fund­ing from Cal­lanan In­dus­tries. For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve a seat for the fo­rum, call San­dra VanEck of the ARC of Rens­se­laer County at ( 518) 273- 6600, Ext. 2036.

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