A $42,500 grant has been awarded to Tallahassee Community College by the Florida Department of Education for the Adults With Disabilities (AWD) Program. This grant will allow TCC to continue to provide therapeutic recreation and leisure activities for adults with disabilities in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla counties.
The program is conducted through TCC in partnership with the Florida Disabled Outdoors Association (FDOA). Funding is made possible by an appropriation from the Florida Legislature.
The program’s goals are to improve health and wellness, reduce risks of secondary health conditions that result from a sedentary lifestyle, teach vocational skills, facilitate mentoring relationships, and encourage participation in the community.
The project is the latest in a long history of collaboration between TCC and FDOA, which was founded in 1990 by David Jones, a TCC graduate who had been severely injured in a hunting accident. Jones established the association and its annual event, SportsAbility, to provide others with access to the recreational opportunities that he credits with helping him regain his place in society. SportsAbility is held at TCC, Ochlockonee River State Park and Miracle Field at Messer Park. Jones has additionally served as a director of the TCC Alumni Association and has been honored as a distinguished alumnus of the College.
“People who can overcome the barriers to recreation can develop the skills and esteem to attack the workforce,” said Jones. “The Florida Disabled Outdoors Association is all about active leisure, quality of life, wellness and being part of the community.”
Please visit www.FDOA.org to learn more about participating in this program and also to register online for participation at the SportsAbility event. Individuals interested in participating in this year’s project may contact FDOA at (850) 201-2944, extension #3, or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.