Dickson has worked as a behavior analyst for 22 years and is always looking for new ways to keep her clients socially active.
"Kickball for All is about social interactions and learning sportsmanship, making friends and having an awesome indoor place to get exercise. It's a ton of fun and a lot of laughs. We also have a cheer section and a hang out section. If people want to just come and hang out and meet some people, we have tables and chairs, places to eat if you bring something or there is a small snack bar for drinks, candy and chips, manned by an individual with IDD part-time.
"I am motivated to work on opportunities for my clients by seeing how happy it makes them and the staff. It's a much more fun day when you throw a game of kickball in there or some other fun activity. I have been in this field for 22 years. There has always been a need. I just decided, I'll just start asking people if we can come and put out the info to try to get attendance," Dickson said.
If you need additional information, you may reach Dickson at globalaccess...@gmail.com.
Community recreational opportunities for individuals with IDD include:
Bowling at Venture Lanes: 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, 6300 MacCorkle Ave. S.E., St. Albans. For information, contact Christina Snuffer at 304-807-8928 or csnuf...@stevensonwv.com.
Fun with Music: Fridays in January and February, time and place to be determined. The group listens to an hour of oldies, interactive dance, and party favorite music. The cost is $40 for eight weeks. For information, call Sue Ellen Evans at 304-205-4888 or email aqm...@aol.com.
Kickball for All: Noon to 1 p.m., donation admission, Quantum Sports, 419 58th St. S.E., Charleston. Contact Christina Snuffer at 304-553-0222 or csnuf...@stevensonwv.com.
Michael's Game Day: Noon to 2 p.m. every other Friday, 700 Sixth Ave., St. Albans. The group plays a different board game or card game each meeting. It is open to everyone. For information, call Behavioral Health Solutions at 304-727-9768.
Mud Buddies Foundation: A West Virginia-based nonprofit organization that provides free, guided all-terrain vehicle off-road adventures for IDD adults. Each ride is tailored to the interests, likes and limits of each client. They have tours on different trails and outdoor activities throughout the state. For information, visit www.mudbuddiesfoundation.com.
Rock Lake Community Center and Community Garden: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Fridays, 905 Village Drive, South Charleston, sponsored by Stevenson LLC and funded by WVU Extension and Rock Lake Presbyterian Church. In the fall and winter, the group does crafts and other activities; in the spring and summer, they do gardening and other activities. For information, contact Christina Snuffer at 304-807-8928 or csnuf...@stevensonwv.com.
Sensory Sensitive Movies: 9:30 a.m., "Free Birds" on Nov. 9, and "Frozen" on Dec. 7. Arc of the Three Rivers partners with Park Place Cinemas, 600 Washington St. E., Charleston, to show current release movies in a sensory-sensitive setting. The lights are turned up, the sound levels are lowered and patrons can talk, sing or move around during the movie. Admission is $6 with garage parking available for 75 cents. Concessions will be available for purchase; outside snacks are permitted for those with special diets. For information, call 304-344-3403, ext. 137.
For information about employment opportunities, contact Stephanie Decker, Employer Services Program Supervisor, 107 Capitol St., 304-356-2366 or 1-800-642-8207.
Parent Support Group: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., first Tuesday of each month at Children's Therapy Clinic, 113 Lakeview Drive, Cross Lanes. Join for support, exchange of ideas, and conversation. Childcare is available, but call 304-342-9515in advance to make reservations at. For information, email vali...@childrenstherapyclinic.com . All parents are welcome.Reach Judy E. Hamilton at judy.hamil...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.