Morgan Family YMCA

My first summer [as a camp counselor], I had a girl in my group who had low-functioning autism. She had trouble with communication and with some physical functions. And she was in my group and I had a mix of first graders and kindergarteners. That was the first time for a lot of them experiencing somebody who was different from themselves. One of the things that I really worked with them on is the idea that just because somebody’s different doesn’t mean much. You know, everybody is different in their own way and has their own different needs. And by the end of the summer, whether that was their first experience or not, they recognized that everybody’s different.