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Page 23 of 41 ■ Hudson Valley Parent 23 F A I T H C H R I S T I A N A C A D E M Y N E W L O C AT I O N | PRE-K - 12 GR A DE Former IBM Casperkill Conference ctr. on Rt.9 d e f i n i n g f u t u r e l e a d e r s | N o w A c c e p t i n g A p p l i c a t i o n s /T^NZaP]8Z]P,MZ`_1LT_S.S]T^_TLY,NLOPXd bbbQLT_SNS]T^_TLYLNLOPXdZ]Rg# !!! T_S.S]T^_TLY,NLOPXd XdZ]Rg# !!! :+(5(<281*0,1'6*52: Dutchess Day School 415 Route 343 Millbrook, NY 12545 845.677.5014 Q info @ Preschool through Eighth Grade Traditional learning in an innovative environment One of the beauties of a special needs camp is that the kids can learn and experience new things with others who have similar disabilities, says Cameron. "It's like a camaraderie. It gives them the confidence they need to try new things they might not have otherwise tried." Helping other campers with great- er needs can be really beneficial for some campers, says Bednarz. "Our higher functioning campers will assist the staff and get a chance to help others for the first time," he says. "That's a huge pride point for them." Last year when Tiffany went to camp, there was a girl in her cabin with a more severe case of cerebral palsy than Tiffany had. Because Tiffany had spent her whole life with people helping her, she naturally wanted a chance to help others. "When we went to the dance, I got to push my new friend around in her chair," says Tiffany. "I also got to help her eat." Building friendships Developing new skills isn't the only thing kids glean at a special needs camp. They learn about friendships, too. "Our campers greatly benefit from the same socialization one would receive at any summer camp," says Bednarz. "You've got to figure out how to live with other people, com- promise, communicate your needs, get along with others. We have a (Continued on Page 24)

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