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Program for kids with disabilities closing down over funds

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HONOLULU (AP) - An Oahu after-school and summer program for youths with disabilities is shutting down at the end of the month due to a lack of funds, leaving families scrambling to find alternatives.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports that Easter Seals Hawaii President Ron Brandvold says the organization has 11 students attending its daily youth program. But that number can grow to between 50 and 70 for day camps during spring and summer vacation.

The program, which offers social and recreational activities for youths ages 6 to 22, will shut down March 31 after 20 years of operation.

Brandvold says there is not enough funding to keep the program going.

He says Easter Seals will now focus its efforts on early intervention and adult services.

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