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Eugene Adaptive Rec serves disabled community for 50 years

An event celebrating the anniversary was held at the program’s home in the Hilyard Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m., with food vendors, performances and free activities.

Posted: Aug 16, 2019 7:35 PM

The City of Eugene Adaptive Recreation program celebrated 50 years of programs and services for people with disabilities on Friday.

An event celebrating the anniversary was held at the program’s home in the Hilyard Community Center from 3 to 6 p.m., with food vendors, performances and free activities.

In 1969, the program was a trailblazer in the community, creating opportunities for teens and adults with disabilities to engage in activities that may have otherwise been impossible. According to the city, the program has grown since then to include year-round and nationally recognized programming, with over 2,500 activities annually.

The program offers services such as a fleet of adapted wheelchairs and bikes available for rent, cooking classes and social gatherings.

The mission of the group is to promote health and wellness for people with cognitive, emotional, mental, social and physical disabilities that expand their access to opportunities.

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