Summer Camp Isn’t Just For The Kids

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I am not a parent, but I am the child with the disability. My own experience I would guess rings true for many families who have a child with a disability: you know, where you are on-call for your child 24 hours a day seven days a week 365 days a year, that’s more than anyone’s livelihood and often times there’s no sign of this scheduling allowing a break.

This was my situation; we would take family vacations in which I required even more support than that which was the norm when at home. Up until high school I required support every time I needed a bathroom break at home or otherwise.

The breakthrough for me

The first breakthrough came for me when I went to a sports camp for kids it was a weekend thing for kids with physical disabilities and for several years was the only break I had from my parents and they from me.  When I was about 13 my mom convinced me to go to a second camp with my friend for 2 weeks. I loved it; I only regret now not going to that overnight camp earlier in life.

Respite is important for parents but it’s equally important for the child to have a break from their parents too

 

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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