Making friends, building confidence at Middle School AT Camp

Angela Cato - Jul 06, 2016

Tags: AT    Camp    Technology   
Envision’s Assistive Technology (AT) camps reached a significant milestone this year. The kickoff of the Middle School AT Camp on May 29 marked the 10th anniversary of the program, which has grown from four participants to attracting students from around the region.
There were 21 middle school campers with varying degrees of vision loss who traveled to the Newman University campus in Wichita May 29-June 3 to learn what it takes to succeed in school, utilize today’s technology and become tomorrow’s leaders. They also came with goals set by the remarkable Teachers of the Visually Impaired throughout Kansas who make recommendations for them to attend.  
For many, it was the first time away from home, but you wouldn’t know it by the way they acted in the classrooms and during activities that included the first-ever AT Olympics and a talent show. With help and guidance from their mentors – teenagers who not too long ago were campers themselves – and special education graduate students from Wichita State University’s College of Education, the middle school students developed a newfound sense of confidence and gained a network of devoted friends.  
The graduation ceremony on June 3 was a special time for everyone involved and included moving remarks by Student Mentor Brogan Fall who admitted he didn’t know where he would be today if it weren’t for the life lessons he learned at AT Camp. 

Thank you to our 2016 Assistive Technology Camp Corporate Sponsors:
Allen Gibbs & Houlik              
Spirit AeroSystems                
Cox Communications            
Delta Dental of Kansas                              
University Congregational Church