Edison will receive $20,000 from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ (DCA) Recreational Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities (ROID) grant program.
The funding will help Edison expand its highly successful holiday dance programs by increasing the township’s number of annual socialization events for persons of all abilities.
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley, who represent New Jersey’s 18th Legislative District, which includes Edison, thanked Gov. Phil Murphy and the DCA for making the funding available.
“This grant ensures these wonderful programs will have greater reach and continue to make a difference in the lives of others,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement.
ROID grants help local governments offer activities specifically designed for individuals with disabilities, enabling them to fully participate in municipal and county recreation programs. The grants also assist local governments in meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
Programs supported through ROID grants include athletics, performing arts, after-school programs, and other activities such as visual arts, storytelling, and cooking classes. The activities emphasize positive reinforcement, social interaction, and community awareness.
In announcing the township’s Valentine’s Day Dance for Individuals with Disabilities earlier this year, Edison Mayor Sam Joshi said, “The Edison Recreation Department and I are committed to providing programs that are comprehensive and serve all residents.”
The mayor noted events such as Edison’s holiday dances – featuring music, dancing, food, and fun – enable the township to celebrate its diversity.