Camp 2015

Celebration of Nations, Wednesday, 6/24/2015

Wednesday 6/24/2015: Disability Awareness Day

Campers explored what life is like to live with a disability.  The Culinary Camp invited Paraquad employees and physical and occupational therapy students to teach campers how to work in a garden and kitchen with a special disability.  Before the activities began, campers and Paraquad employees discussed disability awareness and etiquette.  For example, rather than saying a “deaf person,” saying “a person who is deaf” does not define a person by his/her disability. Campers weeded with a visual impairment, peeled potatoes with their nondominant hand, transplanted marigolds with a leg splint, discussed sports programs for people with disabilities and moved about the nooks and crannies of the garden on wheel chairs. Campers learned that with a little creativity and a lot of perseverance gardening and cooking with a disability is perfectly achievable.

Discussion with Paraquad employees about appropriate terms for disabilities.
Discussion with Paraquad employees about appropriate terms for disabilities.
Campers discuss appropriate disability terms with Paraquad employees.
Campers discuss appropriate disability terms with Paraquad employees.
Getting creative to tie a shoe with an arm splint.
Getting creative to tie a shoe with an arm splint.
Weeding the garden tiles still needs to be done with visual impairment glasses.
Weeding the garden tiles still needs to be done with visual impairment glasses.
Weeding with a visual impairment.
Weeding with a visual impairment.
We discussed how marigolds work to keep unwanted "foes" away from growing plants.
We discussed how marigolds work to keep unwanted “foes” away from growing plants.
Moving around the tight corners in a wheelchair required some training from SLU’s physical and occupational therapy students.
Moving around the tight corners in a wheelchair required some training from SLU’s physical and occupational therapy students.
Campers practiced moving around in a wheelchair.
Campers practiced moving around in a wheelchair.
Learning the basic of wheelchair safety before taking off!
Learning the basic of wheelchair safety before taking off!
Bending down to transplant Marigolds in a leg splint was not easy on the first try. Campers had to get innovative and asked friends for assistance.
Bending down to transplant Marigolds in a leg splint was not easy on the first try.
Gardening with a leg splint is easier with help from a friend.
Gardening with a leg splint is easier with help from a friend.
Campers march through the garden with leg splints.
Campers march through the garden with leg splints.
Campers had to work through the challenges of walking with a leg splint.
Campers had to work through the challenges of walking with a leg splint.
Camper Brandon and Dietetic Intern Dani finished disability awareness day with a race while wearing leg splints.
Camper Brandon and Dietetic Intern Dani finished disability awareness day with a race while wearing leg splints.
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s