Thursday, June 23, 2011

Summer Camp Brings Fun to Children with Autism

LUBBOCK, Texas- As Lane Barnett grew up, no camps existed for children like her.

Now, Barnett, 31, helps give other kids a chance by volunteering at the Burkhart Camp for children with autism.

"I see it through their eyes," said Barnett who was diagnosed with autism at age 18. "I know how hard it is."

She works with nine other students from the Burkhart Transition Academy, a post-secondary school for young adults focused on helping them find jobs.

Since 2005, the Burkhart Center for Autism Education and Research has provided services to people with autism and their families, while educating future teachers.

But this is the first summer they've held a camp.

"This population of kids, they didn't have a camp to go to," said Janice Magness, director of the Burkhart Transition Academy and the camp.

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