Assemblywoman Linda Carter (D-Middlesex, Somerset, Union) applauded a serious of grants awarded to several municipalities and one county in the 22nd Legislative district to support recreational services for children and adults with disabilities.
The grants were awarded to Plainfield, Fanwood, Linden, Rahway and Union County under the Department of Community Affairs’ Rec Opps for Individuals with Disabilities initiative.
“Community programs should be accessible to all. These towns have shown their commitment to building inclusive communities by providing fun, family-friendly activities for people of all abilities,” said Carter. “I look forward to seeing these programs grow and thrive with support from these grants.”
The grant awards were as follows:
- Plainfield: $10,000 to provide swimming lessons for children with autism
- Fanwood: $10,000 to grow the teen social night program for individuals with disabilities
- Linden: $19,120 for recreational activities for Linden’s disabled population
- Rahway: $20,000 to make the annual Playtime in the Park program fully inclusive, and hire Special Education teachers for the program
- Union County: $35,000 to expand the inclusive summer camp program to serve adults between the ages of 22 and 36, and support inclusive social events