Community Carnival Provides Opportunity Special Needs - KOAM TV 7

Community Carnival Provides Opportunity Special Needs


Individuals with special needs may not always feel like they have a place where they fit in, but the Community Support Services' Newton County Carnival provided just that.

"Sometimes when you go out in public a lot of people stare at you and whatnot based on if your child's loud or whatnot and here it's just a community that everybody kind of understands that there's a special need and you just kind of get to hangout and have fun," said Jennifer Schatzley.

Schatzley is a mother of four and her oldest son, Anthony, is highly autistic. She says that this event means a lot to her entire family.

"So you get to hang out with other families who kinda understand what you're going through."

Matt Lenhart says that the carnival is about focusing on what people can do rather than their disabilities.

"People won't succeed if you don't give them the opportunity to succeed."

The community carnival provided a variety of activities for special needs individuals to take part in, including games, face painting, a petting zoo and horseback riding.

Lenhart is excited to see this event continue in the future.

"What we need to look at is the positive attributes and what they can do and can accomplish and everyone, no matter their ability or disability, can accomplish so much in their life."

Schatzley couldn't agree more.

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