Just the sound of the word summertime can evoke wonderful feelings. Warm weather, family vacations, taking life just a bit slower than usual. Yet summertime can actually be stressful for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Consider that after school is out, there may be little to do. Routines which are so important to those with special needs are suddenly disrupted. Parents may have to adjust their work schedules or simply not work to make sure their children or adult children with disabilities are cared for properly. Daily summer camp, like Camp Heroes in Richardson, Texas can be a blessing. If your child is older make sure you check availability of vocational education programming at places like My Possibilities in Dallas.
My Home My Life encourages teens, adolescents and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to attend overnight summer camp at purpose based housing communities. The experience can be a wonderful respite for families, while helping prepare kids with independent living and social skills they'll need to lead a productive life.
My Home My Life recently awarded financial CampShips to 2019 summer campers attending Camp Marbridge near Austin and The Baddour Center in Senatobia, Mississippi. And we can't thank you, our supporters, enough for making it possible!