SALEM – Salem County is hosting the 10th Annual Disability Awareness Day Tuesday, July 15, with a record 160 attendees scheduled to attend and two dozen exhibitors on site. This event opens at 9 a.m. at the Riverview Inn, with guest speakers presenting at 11:30, followed by a luncheon at 12:30 p.m.
“The theme of this year’s event is “WE CAN!” — a program being launched by the Salem County Office of Disability Services,” said Freeholder Robert Vanderslice, liaison to the Department of Health and Human Services. “Speakers will present their own inspiring stories regarding the obstacles that they have encountered in their lives, and despite those obstacles, the successes that they have achieved.”
The keynote speaker is Assistant Gloucester County Counsel Lynn McClintock, who will share the educational and employment challenges she faced with cerebral palsy. Carneys Point Ray Leight, a paraplegic since a car accident in 1991, will introduce the audience to wheel chair dancing.
The Salem County Disabilities Awareness Day is offered to persons with special needs, along with family, friends, support staff and advocates of those with special needs living in Salem County. Vendors from Salem County and surrounding areas will be on hand to provide information regarding services and programs that are available.
“We are celebrating our tenth annual Disability Awareness Day,” said Freeholder Director Julie Acton. “The County is very proud to sponsor this event. And we are genuinely grateful for the additional support we received from Mid-Atlantic States Career & Education Center and the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey.”