Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist
School’s out, the sun is shining and summer fun is officially in session! Here at the Enable Savings Plan Alabama, we’re kicking off the season by highlighting the many activities and events going on in our community.
The Enable Alabama team is proud to take an active role in the Alabama disability community. Recently, our team was delighted to host a presentation at the Alabama Division of Developmental Disabilities, and meet with colleagues and community members at our table at the Easterseals of Central Alabama’s River Region Disability Expo. Our team also greatly enjoyed participating in the seventh annual ‘School’s Out Bash’ in Opelika, sponsored by Children’s Rehab Services, Vocational Rehab and the Achievement Center of East Alabama.
In the coming months, Enable Alabama is also looking forward to presenting at the 2019 APSE Employment First Employment for All Conference, as well as presenting and tabling at the Alabama disABILITY Conference.
In addition to these events, there are plenty of fun and exciting local opportunities to take advantage of this summer:
- Birmingham Zoo has partnered with KultureCity for its Sensory Inclusive Zoo Initiative. As part of this initiative, the zoo offers sensory bags, weighted lap pads, quiet and headphone zones, as well as continuous staff training on disability inclusivity.
- AMC’s sensory friendly films, in partnership with the Autism Society, offer family-friendly showtimes on the second and fourth Saturday of every month, with some of the biggest blockbuster hits!
- Bookshare offers a wide selection of e-books made for individuals with reading disabilities. Bookshare allows users to customize books to best fit their learning style, making reading fun all summer long.
- Summer camps for individuals with disabilities are an awesome opportunity to connect with peers and have tons of fun – for just a week or all summer long. Though it’s already June, some camps may still be enrolling. Explore options on this comprehensive roundup from Autism Society of Alabama.
- Accessible playgrounds such as the Hoover Metropolitan Complex are another great way to get active and meet local community members. To find a playground near you, or to explore a new destination, consult the inclusive and accessible Playground Directory.
- And for those who prefer making friends from home, check out the Best Buddies E-Buddies program, which pairs individuals with disabilities with an online pen pal.
Remember, funds from your Enable Alabama Account can be used for a wide variety of disability-related expenses, including some camps and other summer accessibility expenses. If you have any questions about your Enable Alabama account, contact us at 1-866-833-7949 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.