Expo links families to area resources



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HANCOCK COUNTY — With two children with special needs in her family, the trip from Shirley to Greenfield-Central High School Saturday will be well worth the effort for Vicky Badgley.

For area families who have children with special needs, Saturday’s Inspiring Abilities Expo Greenfield should be high on the weekend’s to-do list.

It will be Badgley’s second year at the expo, and she said the resources available there cover just about everything a family with special needs requires.

“There’s a lot of different information, from health care to Social Security and Medicaid to wheelchair services,” she said.

Two of Badgley’s three children have special needs – one requires a prosthetic and the other has developmental disabilities from a traumatic brain injury. In addition to services and resources available at the expo, Badgely said the information on transitioning from one stage of life and development to another is very useful.

“They help a lot with preparing you for the next phase and letting you know what to expect,” Badgley said.

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