April 2016: Get Lost for a Cause with KAMPN
KAMPN (Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature) is a 501-(c)3 organization located in Deep Gap, NC. KAMPN was started in 2011 as a nature-based, cost-free, summer camping program for children with autism and their families- this camping program was named KAMPN’s Camp Cogger. After 4 summers, KAMPN’s Camp Cogger is going strong and the organization has begun to develop plans for KAMPN’s newest undertaking- the LIFE Village. KAMPN’s LIFE (Living Innovations For the Exceptional) Village will be a supported housing community for adults with autism and related disorders in the local Boone area. The overall mission of both KAMPN’s Camp Cogger and KAMPN’s LIFE Village stems from the simple belief that we are all here to live in a community of joy and that with acceptance and support this belief will become a reality for all.
For more information on KAMPN’ Camp Cogger or LIFE Village check out our website at www.KAMPN4autism.appstate.edu
Information on Autism:
Autism is a spectrum disorder- this means that there are many different symptoms associated with the disorder and the severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Some people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) communicate through means other than verbal speech- such as sign language or communication devices. Some people with ASD engage in repetitive behaviors (such as flapping or rubbing) and others do not require the same sensory input. Some people with ASD prefer to be referred to as autistic and others do not. Some people with autism need some support to go throughout their daily lives, while others with ASD do not. Autism is something that looks different in each person who receives a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder- and as the old adage goes- “If you have met one person with autism, then you have met one person with autism!!!”