Camp Horizon: A Summer Camp Where Abilities Shine

Story-Destination Camp Horizon

“Knowing that my  daughter could be  safe and cared for at  camp for a week in  the summer gave me  the break I needed  to take care of her  throughout the year.”  Angela Sadsad, mother of Mimi,  camper at Camp Horizon

“Knowing that my daughter could be safe and cared for at camp for a week in the summer gave me the break I needed to take care of her throughout the year.” Angela Sadsad, mother of Mimi, camper at Camp Horizon

Everyone knows that raising children is hard work. Being the single parent of a child with special needs brings additional challenges. Angela Sadsad knows first-hand the anxiety and worry that accompanies that responsibility. Her daughter, Mimi, is autistic and nonverbal, which makes it hard to communicate and be understood. She can’t tell her mom what makes her sad or angry, or when she is happy.

Raising a child with autism is a long journey, one that is rewarding, exhilarating and exhausting all at once. Just as we all do, both Angela and Mimi need a break at times. At Camp Horizon, The Up Center’s summer camp for children and young adults with disabilities, Angela and Mimi found what they needed. Angela was given some respite, and Mimi found a place where her abilities could shine.

“The counselors provide a safe and encouraging environment, and I know she is in good hands,” said Angela.

Last year alone, more than 1,200 people with disabilities, including disabled veterans, avoided institutionalization and were integrated into the community through bill paying services, day support, and supported placement in family homes. For more information on how The Up Center helps people with disabilities live more independently, click here.

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