The City of Dallas Georgia Expands their Commitment to their Citizens and Becomes Special Needs Certified

September 21, 2015 – Dallas, GA. – The City of Dallas Mayor and Council along with their staff are very happy to have the opportunity to improve their commitment to serve all citizens to the best of their ability. The City of Dallas has been named a Special Needs Certified City and is better equipped to be able to understand, engage, and serve those with special needs.  The announcement was made jointly by the City and Special Needs Communities, a social enterprise focused on uniting communities and creating environments where everyone, regardless of their abilities, is treated with love and acceptance.

Lindsey L. Turner, President of Special Needs Communities was thrilled to present the City of Dallas with this designation.  “Having the City of Dallas join the initiative of becoming a Special Needs Certified City is truly remarkable and continues to show why Dallas is a great city to live in.  We now encourage all businesses in the City to follow along in their leaders’ footsteps and become certified businesses,” said Turner.

One out of every six people in the United States has a special need; a cognitive impairment, learning disability, physical limitation, or emotional condition.  It is a rapidly growing segment of our population.

“The Special Needs Certification Training is so valuable because as public servants, we have a responsibility to understand, assist, and protect our citizens within our community, it is important to us that every person who interacts with the City of Dallas has a positive experience and walks away feeling that they are valued members of our community,” said City Manager Kendall Smith. “The training for our employees is invaluable as it will improve their understanding and ability to assist citizens with special needs at work or in everyday life. Sometimes we just don’t know how to help or interact with people with these needs and this training gives us that knowledge.”

The City of Dallas will continue to require the training for each new employee who joins the organization. Employees will also be required to periodically update their training.

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Special Needs Communities is a social enterprise focused on uniting communities and creating environments where everyone, regardless of their abilities, is treated with love and acceptance.

For additional information on the Special Needs Communities, please visit www.specialneedscommunities.com.

Media Representatives:  To learn more about Special Needs Communities, email media@specialneedscommunities.com

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