"Join the Pride" event to be held at Waco zoo this Sunday

Cameron Park Zoo
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 1:23pm

Waco, Texas — A disability awareness day and resource fair will be held at Cameron Park Zoo on Sunday, and it is open to the public.

The event will offer information on community organizations, agencies and other resources. It will be a day celebrating the abilities, potential and achievements of those exceptional people of all ages in our society who are living with physical or other challenges. Up to 80 booths will be there with information on therapy, medical equipment, vehicle modifications, independent living, community resources recreation, caregiver resources, employment and education. Sign language interpreters will be available courtesy of Sign of the Times, and the facility is wheelchair accessible. If an organization is interested in having a booth, they can register at http://tinyurl.com/2014JointhePrideBooth.

Children’s Special Needs Network is generously providing FREE tickets to families with special needs children and the Waco Mayors Committee is providing FREE tickets for groups of people with disabilities and veterans with disabilities and a guest. To request free tickets check out: http://tinyurl.com/JointhePrideTickets2014. Those who don’t receive free tickets can purchase discounted tickets at the door by mentioning “Join the Pride”. Adults: $6.00, Children 4-12: $3.00, 3 and under: Free.

Zoo staff will be available to discuss several of the zoo residents facing unique challenges and Cameron Park Zoo’s nationally recognized rehabilitation endeavors. These include multiple birds in the Brazos Exhibit that were injured by the hurricanes and oil spills which have recovered and reproduced at the Zoo; as well as both Bald Eagles that have permanent injuries due to irresponsible hunters, Mukah, an orangutan who has a slightly deformed leg due to an injury he sustained as an adolescent. Lurch, a screech owl and Skipper, a Galapagos tortoise each have congenital deformities in their neck and Desi, a male agouti is successfully adapting to the amputation of his rear leg due to an injury. We also honor their work with former zoo residents Kioja the lioness, who sustained a spinal injury at 3 weeks old and Julie, a giraffe who had a congenital birth defect affecting her foot and joints.

The Waco Mayor’s Committee is one of 64 local volunteer committees across the state. The mission of the Waco Mayor’s Committee and the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities is to further opportunities for people with disabilities to enjoy full and equal access to a life of independence, productivity and self-determination by engaging in projects that promote positive awareness about and for people with disabilities.

The event takes place Sunday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cameron Park Zoo, located at 1701 North 4th Street in Waco.

The event is hosted by Waco Mayor's Committee on People with Disabilities, Children’s Special Needs Network, Cameron Park Zoo, Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, Heart of Texas Autism Network, and the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Exploring Our World, Fitness Infinitus, and Sign of the Times. Sponsors include Children’s Special Needs Network, Insurance Company of Scott & White, At Home Health Care, Heart of Texas Workforce Solutions, Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center, Sign of the Times: Interpreters to Go.


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