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Fun for All at Friends Discovery Camp

By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

Child smiles as he receives an award

A child celebrates as he receives a special award at Friends Discovery Camp.

“Are you kidding me, lady? Everyone wants my normal child, but no one wants my kid with autism except you.”

This direct quote from the parent of a child with autism has haunted me for the last 16 years. It was said after I thanked parents for allowing their children to come to the first Creative Discovery Museum camp for children with autism. Continue reading →

So, you think she’s a bad parent?

“In a place like this, they usually think I am a bad parent.”

I heard these words thirteen years ago but they still haunt me. They were spoken by the parent of a child with autism at the orientation for the first Friend’s Discovery Camp, Creative Discovery Museum’s inclusive camp for children with autism. The parent was referring to the judgment people made about his child’s public behavior and said this was the reason his child had missed out on many childhood rites of passage. Some parents of children with autism choose to stay away from museums, amusement parks, grocery stores and even birthday parties because others judge them and their children. Continue reading →

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