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Disability Expo May 10

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Commission gets behind event

The Levy County Commission gave its endorsement to the Fanning Springs Disability Expo hosted by the The ARC of Levy County, Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA) and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The event is on Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fanning Springs State Park and is aimed at residents in the Tri-County Area of Levy, Gilchrist and Dixie counties. 

Ashley Anderson and Reed Stephan of the APD asked the commissioners for their endorsement at Tuesday's commission meeting and said the admission fee will be waived for the park on that day. 

The Levy Commission is partnering with its counterparts in Dixie and Gilchrist, local businesses, nonprofit groups, local providers, and other state agencies.

The Expo’s goal is to provide a fun-filled day for individuals with disabilities and their family members.  The FDOA has organized a SportsAbility Sampler, which includes many recreational activities such as bocce ball and sit volleyball.

Attendees can also enjoy participating in prize raffles, watching dance performances by Tacachale, and sitting down to a sack lunch from the concession stand.

In addition to the recreational experiences, there will be presentations to acquaint them with the various services that APD and other agencies can provide.  Special Olympics will also be providing the Special Smiles health screening for APD waiting list customers. 

For more information, contact Ashley Anderson via email at resource.directory@apdcares.org or call 866-273-2273.