Annual Disabled People’s Summer Carnival a Success – Union County

On June 18, 2022, the Union County Department of Social Services, Office of Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs (OPDSN) held their annual Summer Carnival at Oak Ridge Park in Clark.

“The annual Summer Carnival provided a fun and inclusive environment for individuals and families of all ages and abilities,” said Commissioner President Rebecca Williams. “We were delighted to see around 100 participants enjoying carnival games, inflatable rides, a balloon artist, a juggler and a magician.

The Office for People with Disabilities and Special Needs is the first such office in New Jersey. It was established in 2018 as part of Commissioner Sergio Granados’ Moving Union County Forward President’s 2018 Initiatives for Individual Empowerment, Education, Diversity and Inclusion.

“Union County is committed to creating more opportunities for friends, neighbors and families of all ages,” Commissioner Sergio Granados said. “The Office for People with Disabilities and Special Needs builds on our existing programs with activities and events that include more residents in meaningful social experiences, helping us forge more connections with community partners and residents. .

In addition to the aforementioned activities for those who attended the Summer Carnival, Trailside Nature & Science Center and Kaleidoscope ABA Therapy Services also provided giveaways and brochures about their services. Carnival treats such as popcorn, hot pretzels, Italian gelato and ice cream were available to attendees.

For more details on any program offered by the Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, visit online at https://ucnj.org/dhs/office-for-persons-with-disabilities-and-special-needs/ or contact the Program Coordinator, Jasmine Doughty-Whitous at [email protected] or call 908-527-4781.

For more information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution, and other services support, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available from the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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