Cherry Hill receives funding for special needs residents

February 27, 2013 by  

Mayor Chuck Cahn recently announced that the city of Cherry Hill’s Department of Recreation has been dealt a $20,000 grant from the state to provide programming and services for residents who have special needs.

The grant was awarded to the city by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities program. In 2008, the department handed out over $600,000 in grants to 58 municipalities in the state; in that year Cherry Hill Township received a grant of $16,000.

The grants are given to New Jersey municipalities for both short and long-term programs. Qualifying programs provide services for such special needs groups as autistic persons, those who are developmentally or physically disabled, the learning disabled, and those with hearing and visual impairments.

Cherry Hill will use the money for staff training, for the Teen Social Scene program, to provide accommodation for disabled children in the Morning Fun summer camp, and the Connection program which supports disabled people of all ages who wish to participate in recreational activities.

Grants such as this go a long way in acceptance of the disabled as well as giving them the same opportunities as the rest of the population. The Department of Recreation will likely be working with Cherry Hill printing companies to help inform the community of the grant; possibly with a flyer.

For more information on the grant and how it will be spent, contact the Cherry Hill Department of Recreation at 356-488-7868.