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County Finalizes Plans for 5th Annual Community Disabilities Awareness Day Event

Community | Fri, 11/01/2013 - 3:13 am | Updated 1 year 23 weeks ago | Read 822 | Commented 0 | Emailed 0

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COURT HOUSE -- The public is invited to attend the 5th Annual Cape May County Community Disabilities Awareness Day Event on Nov. 16 at the Avalon Elementary School.

Cape May County will celebrate its 5th Annual Disabilities Awareness Day, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with an event that offers information, food, music and fun not only for people with disabilities but for all who are interested in the agencies and organizations that serve the citizens of Cape May County. This year the event is being held in the Avalon Elementary School next to the Avalon Library at 235 - 32nd Street. Fare Free Transportation will be available for county residents who call to reserve a ride by Nov. 8.

Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. There will be a Kids area, operated by School Based Youth Services volunteers and entertainment will be offered by the Cape May County String Band and dancers from the Joanne Reagan Dance Studio. Cape Regional Medical Center’s Parish Nurse Program will be offering free blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar screenings and the County Department of Health will offer flu shots on a first come first served basis. A representative from Project Prevention will also be providing free eye screenings.

New this year is the opportunity to attend a workshop within the event on Elder Care Law. Eileen Siegeltuch, an attorney with Hinkle, Fingles & Prior, will present ways to finance long-term care, minimize or avoid the financial hardship on a spouse and preserve assets for children. An overview of basic and critical planning steps will be discussed.

The winners of the 2013 Outstanding Service Recognition Award, which acknowledges individuals, organizations and/or businesses for their contributions to improving the quality of life for individuals with disabilities in our county, will be honored during the event. This year’s Award is being presented to Joe Giannattasio, Coordinator for the Middle Township Clean Communities Program and to a The Blind Center of the Jersey Cape, founded by Millie Saraduke.

Exhibitors at this annual event include representatives from 60+ local and state service agencies, civic organizations, support groups, and commercial vendors specializing in products and services of particular interest to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. The theme of the event summarizes its purpose: Opening doors and dialogue . . . so that all are welcome in the Cape May County community.

This event has been planned by representatives from the CMC Department of Aging and Disability Services, the CMC Human Services Advisory Council, the ARC of Cape May County and several community disability advocates.

For more information, call Paulann Pierson, CMC Department of Aging and Disability Services at 609-886-2784.

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