ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta is poised to host the first North Fulton Special Needs Services and Expo. 

The free expo will be held on Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Alpharetta Community Center,

175 Roswell St. The cities of Johns Creek, Milton and Roswell as well as

the Ed Isakson YMCA are partners in the expo. 

“The inspiration for this event comes from the cities involved and the agencies’ desire to provide more activities, programming and both informational and fun events for this exceptional population,” said Christine Young, Alpharetta Recreation Services Manager. “It was the vision of the North Fulton Special Needs Task Force that was formed by the leadership of the North Fulton cities and other providers of services for individuals and families with special needs to collectively work together to improve the quality of life for these exceptional individuals.”

The expo will bring together resources for parents and care givers of people with special needs. Some of the businesses and resources available at the expo will include medical professionals, education resources, respite care, therapy, life skills, job training, fitness and recreation. Children’s activities will be scattered throughout the event. 

“People who are navigating through the myriad of information and agencies available to them will find this event helpful, as well as seasoned parents and care givers finding undiscovered resources for their children, teens and young adults,” Young said. 

The expo will also help advocate for people with disabilities and provide a networking opportunity to build relationships, Young added. 

“This annual event will continue to grow and provide valuable resources to parents and create partnerships with the businesses and agencies involved,” she said.

BrewAble Cafe, a nonprofit dedicated to providing meaningful employment for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities, will provide tea, coffee and snacks. It is available year-round in the Alpharetta Community Center lobby.

Expo staff expect 25-30 vendors this year and are still accepting vendor applications until noon on Monday, July 8. Vendor costs are $25 for nonprofits and $50 for commercial businesses. All proceeds will be entered into a raffle and awarded to one of the attendee families to be used toward one of the services represented at the expo, Young said. 

To apply to be a vendor, email Young at cyoung@alpharetta.ga.us. 

A full list of participating vendors will be available a week prior to the North Fulton Special Needs Services and Expo at alpharetta.ga.us.

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