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Recreation in Atlantic County for Individuals With Disabilities

There are a number of community organizations for individuals with disabilities in Atlantic County offering various recreational activities. CLICK HERE for additional information about recreational opportunities in Atlantic County which are accessible to people with disabilities.

21 Down is a non-profit organization serving the families, educators and healthcare professionals of Atlantic, Cape May and Southern Ocean Counties and it is a network of families who share information and support. Their mission is to create awareness and acceptance of people with developmental disabilities while providing information, support and community events for their families. For outings and community events visit www.21down.org (21 Down, PO Box 205, Northfield, NJ or info@21down.org)

The Brad Hennefer Golf for Life Foundation. The goal of this foundation is to facilitate a network of regional and national golf instruction programs, clinics and competitions exclusively for individuals who have Down Syndrome.  They are collaborating with the National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) and the Philadelphia Section of the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). www.golfforlife.org

The Arc of Atlantic County. The Arc has dances, bingo, socialization club and various recreational programs throughout the year. Many sports activities such as softball, power lifting, basketball, and skiing are affiliated with the NJ Special Olympics. The Arc of Atlantic County, 6550 Delilah Road, Suite 101, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234, Recreation Department, 609-485-0800 x 191, www.arcatlantic.org

ARCH (Atlantic Riding Center for the Health). ARCH offers horse back riding designed specifically for persons with disabilities. (ARCH, 214 Asbury Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ, 609-926- 2233) Visit www.atlanticridingcenterforhealth.org for further info about fees (sliding scale) and application process.

The Atlantic County Society of the Deaf, Inc. is a social organization for people who are deaf. The group meets once a month at the VFW Post located at 601 N. Dorset Avenue in Ventnor. For information about events and meeting times e-mail acsd66@aol.com

John D. Young Memorial Lions Center for the Blind, 100 Crestview Avenue, (cross Road is Pitney Road) in Absecon. For individuals who are blind or visually impaired, The Lions Center provides a variety of services which include peer support and recreation. Contact the center for details 609-677-1199.

The Mental Health Association of Atlantic County/ I.C.E. (Individuals Concerted in Effort). These non-profits provide many types of educational programs, peer support, and recreational trips. The Mental Health Association of Atlantic County, 1127 N. New Rd., Absecon, NJ 08201, 609-272-1700, www.mhaac.info

Senior Centers Congregate Program serves individuals sixty (60) years of age and older at the nine centers located throughout Atlantic County. The centers offer a variety of activities including crafts, line dancing, computer classes, self defense courses and bingo. A lunch time meal is served daily. There is no charge to participate however, a $1.00 donation is requested to enhance the program. For details visit http://www.aclink.org/intergenerational/mainpages/nutrition.asp or contact Atlantic County Intergenerational Services 1-888-426-9243

The Field of Dreams at Hackett Park in Absecon is an accessible baseball field that is barrier free with a surface that allows wheelchairs and walkers to be used by the athletes.  Currently, approximately 200 youngsters and adults participate on 12 teams during Spring and Fall seasons.  There are no fees for participation and the organization is an all volunteer group that accepts athletes from any municipality in South Jersey and regardless of an individual's disability.  Call 609-641-1706 for info or visit www.sjfieldofdreams.com.

NJ State Library Talking Book and Braille Center. The Mays Landing Branch of the Atlantic County Library system is a regional center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Program (DHHAP) via a grant from the NJ State Library. Visit www.atlanticlibrary.org for further information. The primary services of the New Jersey Library Talking Book and Braille Center are available without charge to anyone living in New Jersey who for any physical reason cannot read regular printed books. Readers served by the Library include people with a physical disability that prevents them from holding a book or turning its pages. Individuals with a learning disability that is certified by a medical doctor may also use the Library's services. The Library provides informational and recreational books in Braille, cassette, and large print. The collection has more than 60,000 book titles and 76 periodicals available. Machines for playing the recorded materials are available on loan. The Library will mail materials directly to the person's home. There are no fees. For additional info/application call 1-800-792-8322 or TTY (877) 882-5593. http://njsltbbc.org/.

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