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For Immediate Release:
March 24, 2015
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade Parks to host first annual ''Transition Resource Fair'' for High School students with intellectual disabilities


(MIAMI, March 24, 2015) – In its continued efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities in the Miami-Dade County community, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department’s Division of Disability Services is hosting its first annual Transition Resource Fair, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., on Wednesday, April 8, 2015, at the A.D. “Doug” Barnes Park Leisure Access Center, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Miami. The free event is aimed at assisting teen and adult high school students with intellectual disabilities to become more independent and smoothly transition into the real world after graduation. Students are invited to attend with their families. Discussions will include post-high school options and planning for the future. Representatives from various community agencies will be on hand to answer questions and offer helpful resources on topics including:

• Independent Living
• Community Engagement
• Continuing Education and Vocational Training
• Career and Employment
• Health and Safety
• Recreation and Fitness
• Adaptive Sports

Participating exhibitors will include:
• Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD)
• Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
• Miami Dade County Public Schools
• Miami Dade County Public Schools JRE Lee Baling Program
• Nature Links for Lifelong Learning
• Baptist Health South Florida office of Diversity
• Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

For more information about this event, contact Gisel Prado at Giselp@miamidade.gov or 305-665-5319.

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department:
Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world. For information about Miami-Dade County Parks visit their website or call 3-1-1.

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors. Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities. Visit the Parks Foundation website for more information.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.