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Access to Care Fair promises to engage attendees

Annual event showcases workshops, resources and activities for people with disabilities
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When A Touch of Understanding hosts an event, the organization wants attendees to feel engaged.

The group’s volunteers bring out wheelchairs for teenagers to test drive when teaching students at local schools about challenges associated with physical disabilities. Or they show kids how to read Braille. They have a “silent disability” station to illustrate how autism affects people.

These lessons encourage people to accept and respect all individuals, especially those affected by disabilities and special needs.

So when the Granite Bay-based organization hosts its 6th annual Access to Care Fair Saturday, March 19, attendees can expect to find practical information and professional resources — but also activities that keep them engaged and entertained.

Visitors can test their maneuvering skills on the twists, turns, bumps and ramps of the Super X Fun Course, an obstacle course designed for wheelchairs. A team of students with disabilities will demonstrate the therapeutic value of martial arts.

There will also be interactive adaptive sports, dance performances and instruction, canine assistance demonstrations, face painting and a market showcasing the works of local artists with disabilities.

“Between the adaptive sports demonstrations, the interactive assistive technology, the dynamic workshops and the hundreds of products and services on display, this is a must-attend for everyone in the community,” said Leslie DeDora, executive director of A Touch of Understanding.

DeDora expects hundreds of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, seniors, veterans and health care professionals to attend the free event.

Visitors can check out mobility products, medical equipment, home accessories, essential services, low-cost daily living aids, products for people with visual impairments and more. Workshops will be held that address pressing disability issues.

Child care for typically developing children and those with special needs is available.

~ Sena Christian

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Access to Care Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19

Where: Bayside Church campus, 8191 Sierra College Blvd. in Granite Bay

Cost: Free

Info: Call (916) 791-4146 or visit www.accesstocarefair.com