Friday, July 31, 2009

Where Campers with Autism Fit Right In

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Most people have had a time in their life when they felt like they didn't belong. We've all felt awkward in a social setting, and most of the time, those moments pass. But for children with autism, those awkward moments happen every day and those days can stretch to a lifetime. It's not that children with autism don't want friends or don't want to play like other children, it's that they were born without the tools to do so.
But for the week at Camp Rising Sun, the campers get a chance for an ordinary experience, just like any other kid.
"For a week, we make sure these kids don't feel like outsiders," said Laura White, the camp's founder and director.

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