Thursday, December 4, 2014

Out & About With . . . The Humane Society of Boulder Valley

Imagine!’s Out & About department was created in 1997 in response to the requests of community members with disabilities and family members who care for those with disabilities to have more options for community-based recreation services.

That “community-based” element is key - rather than scheduling activities in a segregated setting, you will find Out & About participants (both adults and children) utilizing recreation centers, bowling alleys, movie theaters, museums, and even amusement parks.

Of course, Out & About wouldn’t be able to provide those services without the support of the many, many community organizations that collaborate with Out & About to ensure that participants are able to receive positive instruction, within a therapeutic framework, to encourage growth, learning, community participation, socialization, health, safety, and the achievement of individual goals.

So over the next few months, I’d like to use this blog to thank some of those community partners that make all the difference when it comes to successful outcomes for Out & About participants.

Today, I’d like to acknowledge the The Humane Society of Boulder Valley for its support of Out & About. This past spring, The Humane Society of Boulder Valley gave Out & About’s Community Access class a free pet care class and tour. During the tour, the class learned about responsible pet ownership, got to meet a dog (who happened to be deaf and responded to sign language!), and made dog toys. It was a great learning experience for all!

Thank you, Humane Society of Boulder Valley, for your continued support of your community and all of its members.

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