Thursday, January 8, 2015

Out & About With . . . Carousel of Happiness

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’ll be using 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 Carousel of Happiness in Nederland for its support of Out & About. Out & About groups went up to the carousel of happiness for the past year’s Summer Camp program, as they have for the past few years. The staff members at the Carousel of Happiness are so warm and welcoming, and Out & About participants (and staff members) always have a fantastic time when they go there.

Thank you, Carousel of Happiness, for your continued support of your community and all of its members.

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