Today marked the kick-off of the Kerlberman Center for Autism's "Awesome Summer Days Camp," where more than 50 kids with an autism spectrum disorder started their 5 week camping experience. Coordinators say the camp tries to give every child a normal summer experience.
"A lot of our kids don't qualify for extended school year programs and many of them wouldn't be successful in a typical summer camp. So our program allows them to get access to recreational activities, have a social experience, learn a lot of things, and have a ton of fun over the summer," says Tammy Thomas, Camp Director.
Thomas hopes campers will gain self awareness and emotional development in a supportive environment. To celebrate the first day, campers played sports, swam, rode horses, and played in a bounce house.