In recognition of April as Autism Awareness Month, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders is sponsoring a series of inclusive events for Union County residents. The County Administration Building will also light up with blue lights in April, to show support for autism awareness.
“Union County’s recreation programs are a jewel in the crown, enabling thousands of residents and visitors to enjoy community events together with friends and neighbors,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “This new series of April events builds on our commitment to ensure that everyone in the Union County community has the opportunity to relax and have fun in a social setting.”
The April series is offered through the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs. It includes:
- Family Fun Day at Warinanco Park in Roselle on Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- A golf outing at Scotch Hills, located at 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.
- The Red Bull professional soccer game at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Bull Arena, located at 600 Cape May Street in Harrison on Saturday, April 27.
- A sensory friendly hour in the annual Touch-a-Truck event at the Loop Playground in Watchung Reservation on Sunday, April 28. The sensory friendly hour will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
In addition, Union County’s ongoing Sensory Friendly Theatre series continues at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway on Sunday, April 28, with a performance of the musical Henry & Mudge. Tickets are available online at ucpac.org or call the Box Office, 732- 499-8226.
Other ongoing programs supported by the Freeholder Board include adult ceramics classes at the Gregorio community center in Linden, cooking classes at Classic Thyme in Westfield, Yoga at the Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside, and recreational swimming at the YMCA of Fanwood.
Inclusive playgrounds are standard feature in County parks, and last year the Freeholder Board established the new Level the Playing Field grant program to help municipalities create or upgrade inclusive playgrounds in their communities, too.
For more information about the Union County Office for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs contact the Office Coordinator, Manuel Ramirez, 908-527-4807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.