Barring a hurricane or some other major calamity, our Dinner Visioning Session for Nature Links scheduled for September 20, 2011. We expect at least 20 or more people from a number of organizations (Including Lucy Binhack head of Disability Services with MDC Parks) Jill Brookner from MDCPS, David Lawrence from the Children's Movement/Trust, Diane Adreon from UMs Card Center, Lily Demoya from Parent to Parent, Mari Chael, an architect, and others with different perspectives about helping us to focus on creating the best program for continuing education for young adults with disabilities using the natural world. We are excited to share our progress within the community of educators and and others involved in helping persons with developmental delays. We will be taking questions and comments into great consideration during this event. At Nature Links for Life Long Learning we are extremely focused on linking with our community resources to improve our overall community. Check back to see the outcome !
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Column by: Rich Abdill in Miami New Times August 4-10, 2001
Finding a job nowadays isn't easy. But it's doubly hard if you have a mental disability, especially if you can't read or write and have no resumé or job experience. Read More …
Building upon the extraordinary success of the Nature Links high school project named Project Bridge, this new extension project –called Nature Links for Life Long Learning – will initially focus on young adults from 22 to 30 years of age. It will assist in continuing to develop their social lives, work, residential opportunities for independent living, and life skills – specifically as they relate to the natural world. This model project – in coordination with the work of Parent to Parent and other local and statewide organizations – will help build a sustainable community addressing all segments of our population. More to come !
In the proposed Miami Dade County budget for 2009-2010, Leisure Access Services, the section of the Miami Dade County Park Department that serves persons with disabilities, stands to lose six full time positions and cut one position to part time. Programs most adversely affected will be sports programs, called Paralympic Programs,
for children and adults with physical disabilities and the Zot Art Project, which promotes adapted and inclusive art events. Over half of the full time staff running these programs will be eliminated in the proposed budget. Paralympic programs include wheelchair golf programs at Country Club of Miami and Palmetto Golf Courses, the wheelchair basketball team, the wheelchair tennis program, the vision impaired goalball program, the new vision impaired judo program, and swim lessons and water exercise for persons with disabilities in north Dade.
Leisure Access Services staff intend to fight for the programs and the persons they have advocated for and have implemented a plan that includes: educating and organizing the community to reduce cuts to this department; increased fundraising through the Leisure Access Foundation and grants, increased quality and quantity of volunteers and greater staff workload.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? Commissioners do have some flexibility in making their final decision on September 17, 2009. Two additional public hearings are scheduled for Sept. 3, and Sept. 17, before the budget is finalized. Meetings will be held at the Stephen P. Clark Center at 111 NW 1st Street beginning at 5:01 pm in Commission Chambers. Contact your County Commissioner and/or attend a hearing and urge the commission to preserve Park sports and recreation programs for persons with disabilities. www.miamidade.gov/commiss/
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