Camp promotes opportunity in disability
A woman from Waggrakine with a chromosome abnormality has exposed a series of misconceptions people have about her condition.
Recent Nagle Catholic College graduate Katherine Garraway has a chromosome 15q duplication which has caused her developmental difficulties.
The 18-year-old said this had led people to make negative assumptions about her and others who had her condition.
“People will think we’re not that smart — they always assume that,” Ms Garraway said.
“People will assume we don’t have talents, and they’re always surprised when they find out we can actually do things.
“A lot of people think we’re a liability and they won’t give us a chance.”
Ms Garraway was recently sponsored by the Rotary Club of Geraldton to attend a week-long camp in Perth for young adults living with disability.
At the Perth-based Camp Opportunity, Ms Garraway participated in activities including archery, abseiling, swimming and a talent competition.
She said it was a challenging and exhilarating experience and helped demonstrate the capabilities of people with disabilities.
“When you’re born with or develop a disability, you move onto a spectrum of how well you can function, but it’s no different to anyone else having their own strengths and weaknesses,” she said. “We’re just as capable as anyone else.”
Camp Opportunity is run by a committee of Rotarians, volunteers and an on-site nurse.
Katherine Garraway says about 15 people attended Camp Opportunity and she easily made friends with everyone.