Charlotte disability groups merge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Two Charlotte groups serving people with disabilities merged in June with the goal of expanding their programming and reach.

Joshua’s Farm, a therapeutic riding school with a budget of $70,000 and 30 clients, joined forces with LifeSpan, a group that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

LifeSpan, which reported revenues of about $22 million last year, has 42 locations between Alamance and Haywood counties, and provides education, employment and enrichment services to about 2,200 people.

The groups say the merger will allow the riding school, located on 23 acres, to serve more riders, extend its riding trails, serve school groups and group homes, and otherwise expand its programming.

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