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Milton named country's first Special Needs Certified city
Milton named country's first Special Needs Certified city

MILTON, Ga. -- The City of Milton, in partnership with the Better Together citizen volunteer committee, has joined forces with Georgia-based Special Needs Certified to educate employees on understanding, engaging and serving residents with special needs.

This honor makes Milton the first 'Special Needs Certified' city in the country.

As Milton is the home of Canine Assistants and Camp Joyful Souls, a recreation partner to BlazeSports and a leader in community engagement for individuals of all ability levels, the training is a natural progression for the city, said Chris Lagerbloom, city manager.

"We are excited to bring this important and relevant training to our city staff," he said. "Thanks to Mayor Joe Lockwood, the Milton City Council, Better Together and the Milton Disability Awareness Committee for being leaders in working toward a more inclusive community."

Special Needs Certified offers quick and easy training for organizations looking to make a lasting difference in how they serve our community. The series of videos, accessed online, cost less than a dollar a day for a business or organization. The short videos are divided into three parts: "Understanding Those with Special Needs", "Engaging Those with Special Needs" and "Serving Those with Special Needs."

"City employees and volunteers are the ideal team for training with this flagship certification," said Wayne Boston, community builder. "Special Needs Certified helps us continue to be a city known for extraordinary service to all who live, work and play in Milton."

Milton High School graduate Lindsey Turner, founder of Special Needs Certified, said he is thrilled to have the City of Milton on board.

"The next step for the city is to encourage local businesses to pursue certifying their workplace," he said.

Companies interested can go to specialneedscertified.com to learn more.