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Spring Fling dance in East Germantown promotes inclusivity for adults with disabilities in Philadelphia

Includes Spring Fling dance in East Germantown for adults with disabilities


Includes Spring Fling dance in East Germantown for adults with disabilities

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – More than 100 people poured into the Belfield Recreation Center in East Germantown on Wednesday to show off their best dance moves. The inaugural Spring Fling, hosted by My Choice for Living and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, included participants from 10 different residential and day service programs for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Dante McKie was among the enthusiastic dancers. He said he appreciates events that bring community members with disabilities together, adding it’s an opportunity to make new friends.

“It helps people come together and build their self-esteem,” says McKie, who has autism.

Musa Sulaiman, operations coordinator at My Choice for Living, said the event has been planned for almost a year. He said his organization asked residents what kind of program they would like to see, and people agreed it would be nice to have a Spring Festival. They also had a successful Valentine’s Day dance a few months ago.

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“We promote physical health, peer-to-peer interaction and community inclusion,” Sulaiman said.

For Sulaiman, the Spring Fling Dance had personal significance as his brother Yaseen has Down syndrome. Sulaiman said he learned a lot about people with disabilities from his brother.

“They’re just like everyone else,” he said. “They like to have fun. They like to spend time with family and friends. So the more we can create an environment where they can integrate… I think that’s very important.”

The event served as a seasonal celebration that left a lasting impact on those who attended.

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