Release Date: March 12,2018

Akron Children's Museum Inclusion Awareness Event to be held on March 16

The Akron Children’s Museum, along with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) and the University of Akron’s Inclusioneers, will deliver mobility assistance to kids in need at an Adapt-a-Car Workshop on Friday, March 16, 2018.  Ride-on cars will be adapted for children with limited mobility who receive services from Summit DD and Akron Children’s Hospital. Community members are invited to visit the museum that day to see workshop demonstrations and to help create an “Include Me” window mural. “Akron Children’s Museum is proud to partner again with local agencies to help spread awareness of inclusion and the importance of providing every person, of every ability, the opportunity to fully engage, contribute, and participate in their community,” said Traci Buckner, the museum’s executive director.  “Like our partners, Summit DD and Inclusioneers, we believe our community is stronger when everyone is included. Another way we exhibit inclusivity to museum visitors is by offering sensory bags, thanks to our affiliation with KultureCity, an organization devoted to creating acceptance inclusion. ”

Throughout the month of March, community members are encouraged to bring new or gently used battery-operated toys to the Akron Children’s Museum as a donation to Replay For Kids, an organization that repairs, adapts, and distributes assistive devices free of charge to children with disabilities. The mobility assistance workshops will take place from 5 pm - 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 16.  Museum admission is $5.00 per adult and children over 1 year old. Museum visitors will be able to enjoy the 22 interactive exhibits and are encouraged to spread inclusion awareness by wearing orange clothing or accessories and posting their pictures on social media using Hashtag #includeME @akronmuseum and @SummitDD on Twitter@akron_childrens_museum on Instagram@akronchildrensmuseum and @SummitDD on Facebook.

For more information about Akron Children’s Museum, visit: www.akronkids.org.