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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Margaret Huff, Thurston County Specialized Recreation, 867-2179

Specialized Recreation Programs Need your Input by May 17

Thurston County is seeking community input regarding the future of its Specialized Recreation programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. To better understand community interest and needs, the county's departments of Public Health and Social Services and Recreation Services encourages parents and others who know or work with people with developmental disabilities to complete a short, six-question survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/specializedrecreation2013

The deadline for submitting the confidential and anonymous survey is Friday, May 17.

Community members are also invited to attend a family focus group on Specialized Recreation on Monday, May 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Public Health Building at 412 Lilly Road NE in Olympia.

"Community input is vital to the continued success of these programs," says Recreation Supervisor Margaret Huff. "In these times of diminished resources, we need to hear directly from families and caregivers to help us determine priorities and directions for the future."

The county's Specialized Recreation programs include trips and fitness activities for people with developmental disabilities, ages 16 and up, as well as a summer day camp for teens and another one for children ages 6-13. Program details are available at www.co.thurston.wa.us/parks/rec-specialized-rec.htm or by calling 786-5595. Those requiring special accommodations for the focus group meeting on May 20, should call Anne Butigan of the Health Department at 867-2520 by Friday, May 10.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3