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City of Carrollton Expands Adaptive Programming Offerings

Post Date:01/24/2019 2:04 PM
In an effort to better support its special populations, the City of Carrollton is expanding its adaptive programming offerings. 

These programs will promote inclusiveness in Carrollton, thus furthering the City’s vision to be the community that families and businesses want to call home. 

This spring, the Carrollton Public Library is offering a Sensory Story Time every Wednesday through April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library (1700 Keller Springs Road). The interactive and educational story time is designed for children 3 years old and older who have sensory integration challenges, difficulty sitting still, difficulty in large groups, or who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This summer, Sensory Playdate will be offered in place of Sensory Story Time every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. at Josey Ranch Lake Library beginning Wednesday, June 5 through Wednesday, July 31. Both programs are free, but registration is required for Sensory Story Time. 

The City’s Parks & Recreation Department is also offering expanded adaptive programs this spring and summer. Rec Out! will be held on Tuesdays, February 12, April 9, June 11, and August 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Crosby Recreation Center (1610 E. Crosby Road). The program will give participants 18 years old and older the opportunity to practice life, social, and communication skills, develop friendships, and participate in the community. Each program will include games, crafts, snacks, a lunch out, and an outing such as bowling or a visit to the trampoline park. The cost is $20 for residents and $22 for non-residents.

Free Sensory Friendly Movie Nights will be held on Wednesdays, February 27, April 24, June 26, and August 28 from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Senior Center (1720 Keller Springs Road). The movie nights will offer individuals with special needs and their families an opportunity to enjoy a movie in a welcoming and inclusive environment where the volume is lowered, the lights are raised, and moviegoers are welcome to move around, sing, and even dance. 

This summer, individuals 18 years old and older with disabilities and their families, friends, and caregivers, are also invited to Dance! Beach Bash! on Friday, June 7 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Crosby Recreation Center. The event will feature a DJ, games, and snacks. The early registration cost is $10, and the cost at the door will be $13. Registration opens Monday, April 1 for residents and Monday, April 15 for non-residents. 

For more information about the City’s adaptive programming offerings, check out the latest edition of Leisure Connections magazine at cityofcarrollton.com/leisuremag. To sign up for Sensory Story Time, call 972-466-4800 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/library. To sign up for Rec Out!, call 972-466-4853 or visit cityofcarrollton.com/signupnow under the Community section. 
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