Sum­mer Camp for Spe­cial Needs

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COM­MU­NI­TY. West Is­land fa­mi­lies have tur­ned to the Blue Light Pro­gram since last Sep­tem­ber when tou­ched by in­tel­lec­tual di­sa­bi­li­ties and/or Au­tism spec­trum di­sor­der. This sum­mer, the non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion will host a spe­cia­li­zed week­ly sports sum­mer camp at the Soc­cer­plexe Ca­ta­lo­gna in La­chine.

“The main ob­jec­tive is to give a plea­sant stay to our par­ti­ci­pants by gi­ving them a lot of op­tions in sports, group ac­ti­vi­ties and ou­tings,” said Sayees Yo­gen­dran, Ge­ne­ral Di­rec­tor of the Blue Light Pro­gram.

Fa­mi­lies as­ked for more ser­vices af­ter they took part in the Day Pro­gram. Ac­cor­ding to Yo­gen­dran, that feed­back promp­ted the or­ga­ni­za­tion to start a new camp fo­cu­sed pri­ma­ri­ly on sports. It will run from Ju­ly 3 to Au­gust 24.

“It will give a break for the pa­rents and it’s a great way for [mem­bers] to learn new skills,” he ex­plai­ned.

The ob­jec­tive was to re­cruit 20 par­ti­ci­pants. For­ty have si­gned up so far and Yo­gen­dran thinks it could reach up to 50.

THE CAMP

Cam­pers from 6 to 50 years old will be ac­cep­ted. Ho­we­ver, they will be as­si­gned to dif­ferent groups ba­sed on their age.

Work­shops such as pain­ting, mat­ching, art and mu­sic the­ra­py and DIY pro­jects will be gi­ven in the mor­ning . Par­ti­ci­pants will take part in the af­ter­noon in a va­rie­ty of outdoor sports and en­joy the swim­ming pool.

The pro­gram will high­light a dif­ferent sport eve­ry week. Pro­fes­sio­nal ath­letes from each dis­ci­pline will come train the cam­pers.

Once a week, ou­tings to places adap­ted to their needs will in­clude Bo­ta­ni­cal Gar­den, Fun Zone, mi­ni-putt or bow­ling.

Ul­ti­ma­te­ly, Yo­gen­dran be­lieves the camp will help mem­bers learn and de­ve­lop so­cial skills as well as give them an op­por­tu­ni­ty to make new friends.

Re­gis­tra­tion for week­ly passes ends on June 8.

(Pho­to: Gra­cieu­se­té)

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