Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life Skills (ACCEL), a private, nonprofit organization serving children and adults who have developmental disabilities, hosted an adapted field day at its Metro Campus in Phoenix. The annual “ACCEL Days” event celebrates all ability levels and promotes team-building, motor skills, communication skills and school pride.
“We’re thrilled to be able to put on events that celebrate both our students and adult members, as well as ACCEL’s vision – that everyone is deserving of a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Jon Evans, principal of the Metro Campus. “Every student, regardless of ability level, deserves to have a field day. Our team looks forward to this event each year.”
ACCEL kicked off the first of two ACCEL Days events with a two-day extravaganza. The festivities included a parade to celebrate all the students, adapted activities, an award ceremony and a school dance for students, parents, volunteers and staff.
The adapted activities and inclusive games included ball launching, softball, sand art, sound shower, adapted games, bubbles and more. Several of the adapted games were created by students at the Phoenix Union Bioscience High School, including a dunk tank, a bubble-blowing dragon and a sensory booth for individuals to explore different textures.
ACCEL will host its second ACCEL Days event at its East Campus in Tempe on March 20, 2020.
ACCEL is a nonprofit organization for children and adults who have special needs. ACCEL provides innovative, individualized and comprehensive educational, therapeutic, vocational, behavioral and life skills training. The individuals in these programs have a wide range of abilities and challenges including autism, intellectual, emotional, physical disabilities and health impairments. The BISTÅ Clinic serves children through clinical intervention services starring at 18 months of age. ACCEL’s private, educational program supports youth ages 5-22. The Adult Services program provides day programming for adults 18 years of age through the lifespan. For more information, please visit www.accel.org/.