• How to optimize your iPad for a kid with special needs: Smart ideas in this post on Mashable.
• A dad who had a stroke learns to talk as his baby girl does: Sweet story from The Telegraph about a dad who suffered a stroke—and got the motivation to talk and walk again by watching his daughter do the same. Like a TV movie, only real life.
• "Why my blind son is returning from camp a month early": A troubling post by a father about a camp's decision to send his blind teen son home midway through. It'll make you sad. Mad, too.
• Planning to be at BlogHer? Hope so! I'm moderating a HealthMinder Day panel on Aug 2, Blogging About Your Special Needs Child, along with Marisa Howard-Karp and Kate Canterbury of The Guavalicious Life. I'd so love to see you there.
• Playground summer challenge: KaBoom!, a nonprofit dedicated to building playspaces, is running a 2012 Playground Challenge until Aug 13. For every one your family visits and tags on an KaBoom's app, you'll be entered into a weekly drawing to win gift cards, plus the grand prize trip.
• A new online travel show by my CP hero: Zach Anner, the dude who won the Oprah Your Own Show competition, has moved on to a fab place—aka the web. He's partnered with Reddit for Riding Shotgun, an Internet show in which readers get to pick where Zach goes. You can submit cities and vote on your faves here until midnight on 7/23. Here's Zach, explaining it—enjoy!
Ellen , that show looks awesome and right up our traveling alley!!! Coop is going to love this!!!!!ReplyDelete
Ellen -- Here's part 2 to the blind camper story.ReplyDelete
Paula, thanks. It is heartening to hear that the director has apologized. I still don't quite understand how such a "mistake" was made. It impacted this boy enough that, even given the chance to stay, he now wants to leave.ReplyDelete
Wow whata story about the camper who is blind.My friend(i guess you could call him that we were in the NICU together) is blind and has gone to Camp boyhaven(Boy Scout camp) for 8 years.(He is 14)From what i know they accmatdate him .very well.Such a shameReplyDelete
I think in the end the part of the story that I like the best is that Solomon made the decision not to stay, and it wasn't the camp's decision. It is much more empowering for him to look at all the options and decide what was best for him on his own. He sounds like a great kid. And, although the camp screwed up, at least they did see their mistake and ADMIT it! and had lots of people willingly step forward to try and make it right.
I hope Solomon will check out Beber Camp in Mukwonago Wisconsin which is currently host to a great kid who like Solomon love camp, is an excellent student at a competive public school and unlike Solomon is spending a full 8 weeks at camp being fully supported by the camp and its staff!
Oh and by the way the kid (a boy) I mentioned also happens to be blind.ReplyDelete