Friday, August 26, 2011

Summer Job Leads to Awareness

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. -- When Jordan Mortensen signed up to be a counselor at a camp for people with developmental disabilities, he thought it would be a good opportunity to learn more about people with special needs and give him something to bolster his resume.
After spending the summer at Wisconsin Badger Camp in Prairie du Chien, however, Mortensen, 21, learned there is more than meets the eye when it comes to those with developmental disabilities.
"I think sometimes people just pass (those with disabilities) off, especially the ones who are nonverbal and have severe disabilities. No one pays much attention to them," said Mortensen, a Rothschild resident. "But they have a lot to give. Sometimes (those with special needs) just need an extra push."

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