Harford County Seeks Volunteers, Sponsors for Wheelchair Costume Workshops

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Applications Open for
Participants; October Trick-or-Treating Planned at Ripken Stadium

Halloween is a time for kids to let their imaginations run wild! Dressing up in costumes and trick-or-treating is a popular tradition for many families.  Yet, for some children who use a wheelchair this can be a challenge.  To make these kids’ dreams come true, volunteers and sponsors are needed to build costumes for an inclusive Halloween event at Ripken Stadium this October, sponsored by Harford County government in partnership with the Aberdeen IronBirds and the Harford Center.  Children who use a wheelchair as their main form of mobility are welcome to participate for free, but space is limited and applications must be received by the Harford County Office of Disability Services by Monday, September 9, 2019. The application and additional details are on the county website at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/2737/Costume-Workshop.

Kids
will help create the designs and teams of volunteers will work to transform
their dreams into costumes that can be wrapped around a wheelchair without
impeding its function. Costumes will be built at the stadium in Aberdeen from
noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 13 and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday,
October 19. On the second build day, children will be fitted for their costumes
and have the opportunity to go trick-or-treating at the stadium with the entire
community from 4 – 7 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to trick-or-treat.

Businesses
and other organizations that would like be a part of a design team, volunteer,
contribute materials, or participate in trick-or-treating should contact Rachel
Harbin, Office of Disability Services, at raharbin@harfordcountymd.gov.

“Our
vision is to create an unforgettable day for kids who use wheelchairs,” Harford
County Executive Barry Glassman said. “It’s important for all children in our
community to feel included and have a chance to join in activities with their
peers. Whether it’s trick-or-treating, riding a bike, spending time at our
award-winning Sensory Trail, or learning to play baseball, every child should
have the opportunity to enjoy these memorable childhood experiences.”

Expanding
recreational opportunities for individuals with differing abilities has been a
priority of the Glassman administration. In 2016, the Harford County Office of
Community Services brought iCanBike Camp, a five-day clinic that offers
bike-riding instruction to individuals with differing abilities. The program
hosts 32 riders each summer.  Earlier this year, the Glassman
administration was recognized with a 2019 National Association of Counties’
Best in Category Award for the Schucks Road Sensory Trail, designed for
individuals with sensory sensitivities. County Executive Glassman has also
designated land at Schucks Road Park for Harford’s first Miracle League
baseball field. The field will be the first of its kind in the region, designed
so that individuals of all abilities, including those in wheel chairs, can
participate in baseball games with their peers.

More information about opportunities for citizens with differing abilities is on the Harford County government website, www.harfordcountymd.gov.

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