Thursday, February 2, 2012

Through the Lens: Photo Club Working with Intellectually and Developmentally Challenged

The Flagler College Gargoyle is the St. Augustine, Florida, school's Online Newspaper. Here they report about a new program on campus.

The Flagler College Photography Club teamed up with Arc of St. Johns to teach students the excitement of taking photographs. This unique program, funded by a local grant last fall, has become a favorite part of the students’ week. The Arc of St. Johns is a school for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc was formed in the 1950s by a group of concerned parents and activists. Arc’s vision, to this day, is to have their students “participate as full members of their communities, throughout their lives.”
Photography club leader Gorge Gallardo arranges weekly photo safaris with the group. They have traveled around the Flagler campus, the Lightner Museum and the marshlands at Fort Mose. Every week brings a new experience for the Arc students to learn how to use their cameras in different scenarios.

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