Local

October 18, 2012

Disability Awareness Fair brings resources to FH community

National Disability Awareness Month was in full swing as Army Community Service, or ACS, on Fort Huachuca held their 2nd annual Disability Awareness Fair on Friday at Murr Community Center. Agencies from all areas of Arizona were there to help inform the community of the resources available to the disabled.

Audrey Peterson-Hosto, the Exceptional Family Member program manager from ACS stated that “We have agencies from the Veterans Administration, Social Security, Cochise College Small Business, Workforce Development, Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Sierra Vista Commission on Disability Issues, and many more wonderful programs are here to share the information that they have available for people that otherwise wouldn’t know where to find it. These agencies truly run the gamut with the range of services that are offered from disability services, veteran’s services, child services, respite care and assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to be able to live on their own and find a job.”

Also at the Disability Awareness Fair was Special Olympics Arizona. Bill Anderson from the Coronado Chapter out of Tucson spoke of the new things coming up through their agency. “We have received a Department of Defense grant to expand Special Olympics on military installations and one of the programs that we want to focus on is called the Young Athletes Program or YAP. This program focuses on the 2 ½ to 7-year-olds. We go into the pre-schools and elementary schools and train the teachers to be instructors on developing motor skills, and we also provide all the equipment to them and this is all part of the grant.”

The Arizona Special Olympics also has a program that pairs up teenagers with disabilities to train and compete with other athletes without disabilities. The Unified Sports Program is an inclusive sports program through high school athletes. Through this program, it gives high school students with disabilities the opportunity to go beyond just the local competitions.

Anderson stated “The sky is truly the limit for these young kids. They have the ability to not only go to the national level, but also all the way to the World Special Olympics.”

The Special Olympics of Arizona will be in engaging in talks about the YAP program at Fort Huachuca in November. Through the grant they are receiving, Fort Huachuca will be one of the first military installations to host this type of program. Through YAP, a child acquires and improves fundamental skills such as balance, running, jumping, catching, throwing and kicking. The program also offers opportunities for language development, social interaction and learning numbers, colors, shapes and much more, according to Anderson.

For more information on any of the programs or agencies that were at the Disability Awareness Fair, contact ACS, 533.2330.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Jolene Cooper, MVC

Homes await military Families: MVC has available housing in most post neighborhoods

Jolene Cooper, MVC A currently unoccupied home in Miles Manor 1 is available to a Family of a Service member E1 through E-6. Unlike most homes in that housing area, it is a single unit. All nearby homes are located less than a ...
 
 

Presidential Proclamation — National Native American Heritage Month, 2014

NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, 2014 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Every year, our Nation pauses to reflect on the profound ways the First Americans have shaped our country’s character and culture. The first stewards of our environment, early voices for the values that define our Nation, and models...
 
 

Garrison commander conducts Ebola Awareness Town Halls

The Fort Huachuca U.S. Army Garrison commander conducted two Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Awareness Town Halls Nov. 13 at Murr Community Center to ensure all Installation Management Command (IMCOM) personnel are knowledgeable about the disease, its origins and spread. Col. Thomas A. Boone addressed attendees about the mandatory IMCOM Ebola training requirement, and said the...
 

 

IMCOM unveils plan for 2025 and beyond

SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command released “IMCOM 2025 and Beyond,” a new campaign plan operationalizing the commanding general’s vision for the organization. This plan provides a roadmap for IMCOM’s future and serves as a change management document that focuses the command’s collective efforts, prioritizes resources and continues the exchange of informatio...
 
 

Recycle cooking oil, grease after Thanksgiving Day

After you’re done with the turkey and stuffing next week, take cooking oil and grease to be recycled at one of the two City of Sierra Vista year-round grease collection sites, free of charge. In previous years, Sierra Vista has set up a special grease collection site on the day after Thanksgiving. “This year, we’re...
 
 
Gary Sheftick

Native Americans place special honor in military service

Gary Sheftick Mary Hudetz, editor-in-chief of Native Peoples Magazine and president of the Native American Journalists Association, speaks to reporters and students at the Defense Information School, during the Defense Media Ac...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin