This Saturday: NYC's Biggest Resource Fair For Young People With Disabilities

INCLUDEnyc's 31st annual youth disability resource fair includes iconic NYC institutions, camps, and year-round afterschool, sports, travel, and health programs

Jan 20, 2016, 16:30 ET from INCLUDEnyc

NEW YORK, Jan. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NYC families of individuals with disabilities know the challenge of finding supports and services for their children all too well. However, many iconic city institutions offer supports and programs that families may not know about.

Families can learn more at INCLUDEnyc's Summer Fun & More fair, the largest event of its kind, this Saturday from 11 a.m.3 p.m. at the Hotel Pennsylvania. The event provides families the chance to speak directly to representatives from camps, recreational, and afterschool programs – as well as sports, travel, and other service providers in the New York City community.

This year, INCLUDEnyc (formerly Resources for Children With Special Needs) will welcome such iconic NYC institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Intrepid Museum, the Museum of Natural History, the 92nd St. Y, the Museum Access Consortium, and the NYC Public Library, among nearly 100 other organizations.

The annual fair is a 31-year tradition, and began as the Special Camp Fair. The recent expansion to other programs reflects the beginning of an important shift around inclusion in NYC, and growing access for young people and their families who may not have known such programs existed. 

"In collaboration with visitors and peers with disabilities, cultural institutions throughout New York City continue to rethink and refine current practices to be more accessible and inclusive," said Barbara Johnson, Manager of Access Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum. "For example, we offer a continuum of experiences from highly specialized school and family programs to publicly available tools and resources that make a self-guided visit or event more accessible."

The programs represented at Summer Fun & More include opportunities for all ages, and with any disability. The event has become both an annual tradition, and a way for thousands of families to connect with useful resources.

Summer Fun & More: Saturday, January 23rd from 11 a.m.3 p.m. at Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 Seventh Avenue, 18th floor, between 32nd and 33rd streets across from Penn Station.

Spanish, Chinese, and sign language interpreters will be available. The event is FREE and FULLY ACCESSIBLE.

Please note that the event will take place SNOW OR SHINE.

Contact: Gennarose Pope
(212) 677-4650 x36, gpope@includenyc.org

 

SOURCE INCLUDEnyc