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Collaboration leads to new experiences and good times

A unique collaboration between New Avenues Recreation Department led by Erin Litton, Recreation Coordinator, and Buckeye Industries Day Services program have led to several fun-filled experiences for participants of the program.
A Day at the Farm: On October 14th men and women from the Day Services program went to Patterson Fruit Farm. It was a crisp, sunny fall day, and the leaves were beautiful colors of oranges and yellows. At the Farm, attendees enjoyed a lunch, hay ride and picking apples. The neatest thing about the trip was that it was an accessible hayride, and everyone was able to participate in this wonderful adventure!

A Special Luncheon: Several Day Services participants attended the Annual Disability Awareness Luncheon on October 30th at City Hall. The theme for the 2013 luncheon was “Equal to the Task.” Dr. Anthony Easley from the Cleveland Sight Center told his amazing story of the impact of losing his sight as an adult. Performances included the Beat of Bridges Choir, a choir formed by people with developmental disabilities and Councilman Conwell’s band “Footprints”. Many attendees expressed that they look forward to going again next year!

Fun at the Park: On Tuesday, November 5th, participants of our Day Services program loaded into vans and took a short drive. About five minutes down the road the vans turned onto a street painted with the colors of Fall. The group reached Euclid Park, and the fun began. Some people went on a walk enjoying the beautiful scenery. While others stayed in the shelter coloring or playing with the big bouncy ball.

Many wanted to play in the leaves and throw rocks into the stream. We even met another family who threw rocks  with us. It was the perfect day to go outside and enjoy a day in the park!

A Christmas Carol: To bring in the holiday season, men and women served by New Avenues went to see the Great Lakes Theater’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” This was a truly unique production as they tailored it to people with special needs. There were spaces designated for those who were sensitive to sound, who were visually impaired, and people who needed to use tablets to communicate. This was the company’s first time putting on a “sensory-friendly” production, and it was a great way to start the holiday season.