FHSD to Host Resource Fair Benefiting Community Members With Special Needs


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FHSD is hosting a community resource fair with the intention of connecting individuals with disabilities and their families to available resources in the community. The event will take place on Jan. 18 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at FHC. Everyone is welcome to attend, but the resource fair is intended to benefit community members with special needs and their loved ones.

The fair will feature break out sessions and different booths with representatives from dozens of organizations in the state. Some of the organizations that will be in attendance are Pathways to Independence, Willows Way and Resources for Human Development. There are four different break out sessions.

“There’s a lesson on guardianship, which teaches the importance for parents to know how to help people after they turn 18,” event organizer Eddie Rodgers said.

In order to boost attendance and reach as many community members as possible, the resource fair will be held on the same day as the FHSD Special Olympics basketball tournament. The tournament is being organized by Director of Special Olympics, Eddie Mulholland. The goal in hosting the events together is to maximize the amount of families the resources reach.

“We are so happy that we get to be under the same roof as [FHSD Special Olympians],” Rodgers said. “We feel so honored to be involved with the FHSD Special Olympics and we’re hopeful it draws a bigger crowd.”

Rodgers feels that events like this are important to the community as a whole.

“We are connecting people with resources to put them on a path for a successful life,” Rodgers said. “With this event, if it helps even one person, then the whole thing was worth it.”