By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyle Hamrick
Families of children with special needs can celebrate the start of a new school year with a Back to School Bash and Wheelchair Wash this Friday, August 5, at the Tuscaloosa office of Children’s Rehabilitation Service from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The outdoor event will offer professional cleaning and tune-up services for wheelchairs and other equipment, resources for families with special needs children, a school supply giveaway and fun activities.
Mandy Nelson, a physical therapist with CRS, explained the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from hosting what has always been an annual event, but now is the time to bring it back.
“For me its to show kids that they are cared for, that we can make them look nice for school [in their] wheelchairs, to give back and give these families some sort of information and to help the kids kinda see their potential,” she said.
Representatives from Tuscaloosa’s One Place, United Cerebral Palsy of West Alabama, Easterseals West Alabama and many other organizations will attend the event to offer information and resources.
Ice cream will be served from A Little Something Extra Ice Cream’s food truck, and children can enjoy bubbles, finger nail art, temporary tattoos and more.
With many children and families unaware of the opportunities and possibilities available to them, Nelson hopes the event will serve as an encouragement.
“I want to show them what they can do,” she said.
Part of the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, CRS serves individuals and families with special needs from birth to age 21 across 14 community offices at no cost to them.