Summer camp is a tradition for many children, but for those with special needs, camp can provide yet another opportunity to feel out of place.
Kids complete an activity at the Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp. The camp is for children ages 3 to 10. Photo credit: N.C. Children’s Hospital
Camps devoted to certain disorders and diseases have sprouted across the country over the decade, giving kids with special needs a chance to meet others like themselves. However, they can also leave parents with an extravagant bill.
The Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp, in Chapel Hill, N.C., is a welcome exception to the rule.
Children with hemiplegia are invited to spend 10 days at the camp, free of charge, with their parents and siblings. Each child is paired with a trained occupational or physical therapy student, with whom he or she will complete goal-oriented activities and games.
Writing a novel is difficult enough, let alone when you can type with only one finger.
But that’s what Liu Xiaolin, a 25-year-old woman with cerebral palsy, did — six times over.
According to People’s Daily Online, Xiaolin begins writing, using just her right thumb, every day on her computer following breakfast. Over four years, she’s written six novels, a total of 2 million words.
Xiaolin started writing after a lack of money and poor health caused her to leave school. She turned to her laptop, which was a gift from her father, to write love stories that reflected her world and dreams, and they quickly drew the attention of several people who read them online.