Budget cuts ax camp for specialneeds kids

first_imgHere’s a look at recreation-budget cutsEvery summer for the past three years, 12-year-old Anna Rolfe has spent her summer at day camp, just like many other kids her age.Like other kids, she looks forward to reuniting with old friends, going on field trips, bringing home crafts; she can’t wait to tackle her day.“She knows the way, and when we’re getting close, she’s smiling, giggling and happy,” said her mother, Alice Rolfe, who drives Anna every morning. “Once she gets there, she hops out — and she doesn’t even look back.”Unlike other kids, Anna has autism. She’s nonverbal and must be supervised at all times. And unlike other kids, regular children’s camps overwhelm her and cause bad reactions.Since 2009, Anna and other autistic and special-needs children have had a summertime option: the city of Vancouver’s Summer Fun Sensory Camp, the only one of its kind in the Portland metro area.last_img

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