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Posted by rrboykin on December 31, 1999 at 01:11:28:

There was a post back in September that there was no visible response that I would like to respond on.
I have a sister who is mentally challenged and a step-son who is Down Syndrome.

My sister Lara is 25yrs old and she attends camp with adults/children with a wide variety of diabilities.
The camp she attends is near Houston Texas and she attends on a every other month schedule.While
there she is taken to the mall too shop, fishes in an ankle deep pool, goes to groom animals, rides a
surrey, they attend special event parties here as well.The rule of thumb is that they are to do as much
as they can with or without help. It gives the parents and caregivers and the disabled person a well
deserved break from a monotinious(?) schedule:)

I have meet several persons with Downs at the facility and they seem very happy to be there.
If it was a stressful event(camp) I would see persons throwing a fit to go with their parents
when they were leaving.

It gives the disabled person time to remember that you love them and you do what you do for them
out of love. My sister resents the help sometimes and feels that she is being bullied:) I have a family
of 5 kids and sometimes we are rushed with a.m. care. No way around it:)

My step-son with Down Syndrome; Teddy; lives in another state and is not allowed to attend because of it.
He eagerly awaits a facility in his state where he can go to camp:)

Good luck with you endeavors sir:)

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