Blind and visually impaired children will have the opportunity to go to camp, thanks to Optometry Cares and the Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation.
St. Louis-The Helen Keller Birthplace Foundation and Optometry Cares-The AOA Foundation will invite blind or severely visually impaired children to attend the first Camp Courage: A Helen Keller Experience.
Camp Courage will introduce participants to the arts and to nature programs where children 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, the camp will be held annually in Tuscumbia, AL.
“This is the most exciting, innovative program to potentially inspire so many children with visual challenges and other disabilities to Be Like Helen,” said Martha Rosemore Morrow, OD, 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 and 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,” Dr. Morrow added.
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