State Grant Boosts Programs for the Disabled in Barnegat

Feb 01, 2017

Barnegat Township programs providing activities for children and adults with disabilities have received a $20,000 grant from the state Department of Community Affairs. The department’s Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities grant ensure the necessary accommodations are made for full inclusion for individuals with disabilities participating in municipal and county recreation programs.

A number of programs are supported through the ROID program including athletics, performing arts, and leisure activities such as after-school programs, team sports, visual arts, storytelling and cooking classes. The activities are designed with an emphasis on positive reinforcement, social interaction and community awareness.

“Recreation plays an integral role in the lives and rehabilitation of people with disabilities,” said Commissioner Charles A. Richman of the DCA. “These grants offer physically challenged children and adults a variety of athletic opportunities to enhance their lives.”

Jean Broadbent, Barnegat recreation director, said the township received the same amount last year.

“Much of the grant money is used for staffing and supplies,” she said. “We have a total of around 45 children and adults in our programs.”

Broadbent said people wanting information about the programs can log onto the township website at www.barnegat.net or email Meredith Jackstadt at barnegatspecialneedsrec@gmail.com. —E.E.

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