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County Update With Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman Supervisor Mike Wasserman was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in November 2010, and re-elect- ed in 2014. He represents District 1, which includes Gilroy, San Martin, Morgan Hill, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and por- tions of San Jose. (supervisorwasserman.org) All-Inclusive Playground Grant Program I t is important for children of all abilities to have a safe and fun place to play in our community. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recently established the All-Inclusive Playground Grant Program (AIPG) to provide grants to local cities, school districts, non-profi ts and/or other governmental entities interested in bringing all-inclusive play- grounds into their communities within Santa Clara County. An all-inclusive playground is a public space that is designed with accessibility for wheel chair and non-wheel- chair bound individuals with disabilities. All-inclusive playgrounds should include design elements to address the needs of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Challenges, Visual and Auditorium Impairments, medically GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN fragile individuals, Cognitive, Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Any local public agency such as schools and cities, as well as non-profit corporations with 501(c) (3) certification can apply for some of the $10 million in matching funds may be available county-wide, allocated among the five supervisorial districts in the amount of two million dollars each. More than one grant project may be awarded per district. The match is one applicant dollar to one AIPG dollar for all AIPG grants. Applications are due before Wednesday, October 18, 2017. For more information, please see the Application and Procedural Guide which is available at parkhere.org under “What’s Happening,” click on “All- Inclusive Playground Grant Program.” SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017 gmhtoday.com 71