People with developmental disabilities and their families are invited to attend a Disability Awareness and Resource Fair on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Sparks Middle School. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sparks Middle School, in partnership with the Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD), will host the event.
This is an opportunity for community members to connect with local organizations committed to serving and supporting people with disabilities. Guest speakers from Silver State Housing Council, Family Ties of Nevada, and the University of Nevada, Reno will be sharing information on a variety of topics. Representatives from Camp Lotsafun, Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocacy Resource Center, and Nevada Dual Sensory Impairment Project will also be in attendance. The event will include workshops, speakers, resource tables, snacks, childcare, and free flu shots for all attendees. Spanish translation services will also be available.
"As the pool of resources gets seemingly smaller, it is becoming even more important to partner with others in order to get the word out," said NGCDD project manager Billie Kale. "By bringing appropriate state agencies and non-profit organizations together and inviting the public, our collaborators hope to reach populations that might not have access to community supports otherwise."
"I work closely with my student's families each year, and it was shocking see how many were unaware of the resources available to them," said Vicki Hardy, special education department leader for Sparks Middle School. "My hope is that they walk away from this event with the knowledge they need to better support themselves or their family members."
NGCDD engages in advocacy, systems change, and capacity building activities for people with developmental disabilities and their families in order to promote equal opportunity, self-determination, and community inclusion. Throughout the year, NGCDD has brought awareness to families across the state of Nevada. These events seek to educate and inform individuals with developmental disabilities, their families, and professionals about services and supports in their local communities.
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