Jan 11

AUTHOR: Jasmine Bejar
CATEGORY: Arts United News
Stories of Impact


Science Central Receives Grant from AWS Foundation for 2017 Special Abilities Days

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana (January 9, 2016) Science Central will host six Special Abilities Days recurring through 2017 with funding from AWS Foundation. Through the generous support of AWS Foundation over the previous three years, Science Central has hosted Special Abilities Days dedicated to providing fun science education for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. FREE TO MEMBERS OF THE SPECIAL ABILITIES COMMUNITY WITH PRE-REGISTRATION!

“Science Central is a model for others,” said Patti Hays, AWS Foundation’s CEO. “They want to share the joy of learning about science with everyone in the communities they serve and realized that they might need to make a few changes to help make this great facility accessible for some. Through these Special Abilities Days, they have done that by modifying the lights and sounds but also helping with basic needs. AWS Foundation is proud to partner with them.”

The days have been well received by families and organizations, and attendance has grown each year. As a result of increased demand for programming, AWS Foundation and Science Central are proud to present six Special Abilities Days in 2017. Science Central will be closed to the general public for two of the days and open to the general public on four of them. The first Special Abilities Day of 2017 will be held on Wednesday, January 18th. Board and staff members from AWS Foundation will be in attendance during the morning.

“We are excited to receive funding from AWS Foundation for this unique project,” said Martin Fisher, Executive Director of Science Central. “Science Central believes strongly in providing hands on science education for our ENTIRE community.”

Tuesday, December 6 – closed to the public
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – open to the public
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – closed to the public
Sunday, May 28, 2017 – open to the public
Sunday, August 13, 2017 – open to the public
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – closed to the public
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 – open to the public
About Science Central
Science Central, a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization, has provided a hands-on fun learning environment for more than 20 years. Through our 200+ exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, we bring the excitement of science and technology to nearly 140,000 children and adults annually. Science Central is located at 1950 N. Clinton St., Fort Wayne, IN 46805. For more information, contact Science Central at 260-424-2400 or visit

About AWS Foundation
Founded in 2007, AWS Foundation supports a wide range of organizations and service agencies in northeast Indiana working to develop a community in which people with enduring intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities are engaged fully and meaningfully in all aspects of community life. For more information, visit

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(260) 424-2400 ext. 416