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Miami-Dade Parks paving the way for people with disabilities as a new Florida Unique Abilities Partner

MIAMI (April 06, 2017)

The Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s Disability Services Division has been accepted as a “2017 Florida Unique Abilities Partner,” an initiative led by the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) that recognizes business and organization in the community who hire and support individuals with disabilities. The Parks department is currently the state’s first park and recreation system to hold this distinction.

Participating partners help to raise awareness about the social and economic benefits of employing individuals with disabilities. To learn more about the Florida Unique Abilities Partner program, visit FloridaUniqueAbilities.org.

Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services has a long-standing commitment to providing programs and services that focus on improving the health and well-being of people with disabilities in Miami-Dade County.  In 2015, through a partnership with the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services implemented the Internship Program for People with Intellectual Disabilities, aimed at helping high school students and young adults with intellectual disabilities become more independent and smoothly transition into the real world after graduation. It resulted in gainful employment for several program participants. Later that year, the Parks department received the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s “Exceptional Employer” award for outstanding commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities, as part of their workforce.

In conjunction with this effort, the Parks department will host the third annual Life After High School Transition Resource Fair for teens and adults with disabilities, Friday, April 28, from 5-7 p.m. at Tropical Park’s Mary Abreu Community Center, 7900 SW 40 St., Miami. The event provides resource information and answers questions on the topics of independent living, career and employment, continuing education and vocational training, adaptive sports, community engagement, and more.  For more information about this event, contact Gisel Prado at 305-665-5319.

About Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services
Miami-Dade Parks welcomes persons with disabilities in all of its facilities, programs and events.  Miami-Dade Parks Disability Services offers programs exclusively for children and adults with disabilities led by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. It also offers an Inclusion Initiative to assist persons with disabilities in participating in any program or activity in the Parks system.