Disability Awareness Month
June is recognized in California as Disability Awareness Month and we strive to bring much needed services to the disabled community through partnerships with businesses and individuals. This year, Society for disABILITIES accepted a Proclamation from Stanislaus County and the Cities of Ceres, Hughson, Modesto, Newman, Oakdale, Patterson, Riverbank, Turlock, and Waterford. Each day on our Facebook page a posted was made to focus on everyone’s ability. Thus our theme was, Seeing everyone’s ability.
For over 70 years the Society for disABILITIES has enhanced the quality of life for people with disabilities within the Central Valley. The Society provides recreational and social programs including: adapted snow ski, water ski, bike camp, a Day on the Farm, bowling, Miracle League, TopSoccer, Ice Skating, the Miss Stanislaus Spirit Princess Pageant and a prom. We operate the largest loan closet of adapted medical equipment within Northern California, loaning out walkers, wheelchairs, bedside commodes and hospital beds. We teach sign language classes and are a resource and referral agency for the community.
In 2017, the Society for DisABILITIES served over 30,000 people. Scotty is one of the young men who have benefited from our programs. When we first met Scotty, he was non-communicative, non-verbal, and wouldn’t socialize with any of the other kids. Now he can ski, dance, and bowl on his own. He is showing pride in his accomplishments, high-fives the other kids, and is expressing emotion for the first time in his life, all because of support like yours.
It is our hope to continue supporting the more than 75,000 disabled residents of Stanislaus County in the best way possible through our organization. By increasing partnerships with local businesses and individuals, we hope to increase our budget and continue offering vital services and programs to the disabled community.
You can help us by sponsoring Disability Awareness Month, selling icon cards in your business, forwarding this link, and/or sharing on social media with#DisabilityAwarenessMonth. When you donate to the cause, 100% of the proceeds will be used for our programs. Will you please help us so we can continue assisting people with disabilities in our community?
Thanks for all you do to make the Central Valley a better place to live. If you have any further questions, please contact Carolyn at 209-524-3536.