Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience

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The Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation and Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation have announced that they will be inviting blind or severely visually impaired children to attend the first “Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience.”

The mission of Camp Courage is to offer hands-on learning experiences similar to those encountered by Helen Keller from an early age through adulthood. Camp Courage will introduce participants to the arts and to nature programs wherein the children will learn though senses other than sight. Camp Courage will ultimately advance these children to a higher level of achievement, both academically and socially, and encourage these children to “Be Like Helen.” Beginning in October 2013, the camp will be held annually in Tuscumbia, Alabama.

“This is the most exciting, innovative program to potentially inspire so many children with visual challenges & other disabilities to ‘Be Like Helen,’ said Martha Rosemore Morrow, O.D., past president and board member of Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation. “Camp Courage will take lessons from the First Lady of Courage, Helen Keller, to use all of our senses & “Never Give Up”. Our Optometric Oath reflects of the greatest gift to man, Vision. I am so proud that Optometry Cares® – The AOA Foundation also cares enough to be a huge part of Camp Courage with these children so visually challenged.”

Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience will include an educational component, a social component and an inspirational component. “Our purpose is to show the fortitude and courage of Helen Keller, and how, with the guidance and wisdom from her teacher, Anne Sullivan, one person can make a difference in his or her life,” added Sue Pilkilton, Executive Director at the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation. “Those selected for the camp will come with their parents at no cost and there will be designed activities for the parents, which will relate to the challenges faced by their children.”

Qualified teachers of visually impaired and hearing impaired from the University of North Alabama and the University of Alabama in Birmingham will participate as instructors.

Helen Keller was both blind and deaf from an early age, yet her knowledge and skills were greater than most. Since 1954, the primary mission the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation has been to showcase Helen Keller’s home and life story to people from around the world.

Individuals or organizations interested in supporting this once in a lifetime experience can make a tax-deductible donation to the Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience. You can write a check made payable to “Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation” and write “Camp Courage” on the memo line and mail it to: Optometry Cares – The AOA Foundation, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141. Or, donate today online by clicking here and selecting “Camp Courage: Helen Keller Experience” under Program Designation.


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