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.