As stated in a Washington Post article, “parents of special education students have long said their children are left in the lurch once school closes for the summer.” Summer camps across the country are beginning to bring together children with and without disabilities for memorable summer experiences. “The percentage of accredited camps that have tailored service for children with physical or mental disabilities has risen from 9 percent to 13 in the past two years”, states Harriet Gamble, director of communications for the American Camping Association. Having accredited camps that blend children with and without disabilities provides an opportunity for new friendships to form and families to attend camp together. At Kamp A-Kom-Plish in Southern Maryland is where Tiffani Sterling-Davis sent her three children. Alayna and Julian checked into camp with sister Breanna, 11, who has Down syndrome.
Memorable Family Moments Caught by Photography Family photographs have enabled me to develop a way to keep my family with me all the time, even when they are really not there. These pictures of my family represent a wide variety of importance and emotions in my life. Many of them serves as a link to my home life, since I am away at college without my family I allow their pictures to be decorations (memoirs) in my apartment. Some of them mean more than others, some are recent, and others come from my childhood. A picture I have framed on the center wall in my apartment is of my family on vacation this summer; it depicts our true "selves" and exemplifies how much we truly love one another.
I was devastated until I realized that this was a learning experience for the both of us. In reality, I never realized there was an issue with our friendship until it was too late. During her twelfth grade year, she began to change. She was dealing with some things such as depression, which I was blind to. I didn’t know how to help her through this difficult point in her life, which made me feel like a horrible best friend.
Vanessa’s parents are like my second set of parents and I know they would do anything for me. We almost live at each other’s houses, especially during the summer. I was so happy when she moved from Mountain Park to West Linn! When we aren’t at each other’s houses we are calling, texting, and face timing each other. Our parents have become
Emily hardly ever came out of her house and refused to let anyone in on her life. Emily displays her refusal to adapt to the present by not wanting to let anyone in when her father passed on because she believed that he was still alive. Emily was very close to her father and when he passed on it was hard for her to adapt to the present. Emily never left the house much that her father left her, and when she did she did not talk to anyone at all. Emily was very private with her life, she made sure that no one knew anything about her life.
Our next-door neighbors were very nice they really made us feel welcomed. Living at this house I started preschool. I went to a school that was only 4 blocks from the house, so my mom use to take my 2 younger cousins, our 2 neighbors (who by the way are twins), and me to school walking. I remember that when we all go home from school we would all go outside and play in the backyard. Then in May 27, 1993 my brother Alfredo was born so my dad decided to get a house of our own.
Good Luck Sydney As I was growing up one of my favorite television shows was Good Luck Charlie. Good Luck Charlie features a large family consisting of Amy and Bob Duncan who live with their four children Teddy, TJ, Gabe, and Charlie. Throughout the show Teddy documents life advice for her baby sister Charlie through a video camera. Good Luck Charlie relates to me because I come from a large, busy family, I am the eldest child of three in which I hold a lot of responsibility, and I document most of my life through pictures and journals in hopes that my siblings use my experiences to make their experiences easier just as Teddy. To begin with, I relate to the Duncan family in Good Luck Charlie because of their similarities with our family,
Besides, Calpurnia, their cook, helped in raising Scout and her brother since Atticus’s wife died when Scout was two years old and Jem was six. At the summer, a boy named Charles Baker Harris came to them when Scout was near six years old and Jem was ten years old. Dill, which was the boy’s nickname, said that he would spend his time every summer at her aunt house, Miss Rachel Haverford who lived the house next to them. Dill was a curiosity person, very talkative, but he did not like to discuss about his father. They would play together every summer by acting out from various story they have read.
I stepped into my uncle’s Victorian-style home for the first time, suitcase in hand. This house had been passed down in our family for generations, and Uncle Damien, being the eldest child between him and my mother, had received it. He has always lived here ever since I could remember, but I have never been to his house before because he had always come to visit us. This year was different. My parents thought it would be nice for us to spend the summer with him, that it would give us something new to do and out of our normal routine.
Is College an Activity or a Lifestyle? Nikaurys and I became fast friends in the kindergarten Sunday school class at our Mennonite church. We used to beg our parents to let us spend Sunday afternoons together so we could play all the games we dreamed up. Our Sunday friendship continued throughout junior high and high school. Today I am sitting in a dorm room in northern Indiana, looking at walls covered with pictures of Nikaurys and I playing house under the coconut palms in her yard, the two of us at church camp, and our fifteenth birthdays.