Resources Available for People with Disabilities

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SPARKS, Nev. -- It's hard to fit in when you feel like you are different from everyone else. The Nevada Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities (NGCDD) is teaming up with Sparks Middle School to host a Disability and Resource Fair. Their goal is to help people with disabilities break those barriers.

Most of the time, it's the lack of resources that limit people with disabilities not their handicap.

"With the shrinking resources in the state of Nevada, it's important that everyone pull their resources, bring everyone together as much as possible and collaborate on many, many partnerships that are going on right now," Billie Kale, NGCDD project manager said.

The fair will bring different agencies, workshops and new tools to help educate and bring awareness to the community. This is an opportunity for them to connect with local organizations committed to helping and supporting disabled people.

Guest speakers from Silver State Housing Council, Family Ties of Nevada, and the University of Nevada, Reno will be sharing information on a variety of topics.

With everyone in one place, it's easier to navigate any questions or concerns.

"One of our young ladies is a nonverbal student and she was able to get her hands on at the last resource fair a touch device that could speak for her, so she could touch the picture of what it is she'd like and it will speak for her," said Vicki Hardy, Sparks Middle School Special Education teacher.

Hardy believes bringing awareness to the community will lead to acceptance.

"I wanted to make Sparks Middle School a place where students felt accepted and where they could be a part of any group they wanted to be a part of," Hardy said. "Even if they couldn't participate because of physical limitations, I wanted them to feel like they can participate in other ways."

Things like sliding down a slide, or swinging for the first time. The Inspiration Station is the area's first universally accessible playground.
It sits on the west side of Dick Taylor Memorial Park, near the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center on Valley Road.

"We are trying to let them know that there are resources out there and just to bring awareness out to them," Kale said.

The Disability and Resource fair will be held tonight from 5 to 7:30 p.m. inside Sparks Middle School. The event is free and open to the public.