For many, summer camp is a fundamental childhood experience. But for the numerous children living with disabilities, including the 130,000 children in Texas with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), camp is something they are never able to experience because the activities involved can be difficult or impossible. For the students at Westview School, however, this isn’t a problem at Camp S.M.I.L.E.
Held Wednesday through today in recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the camp is a joint effort between Westview and Camp For All, a 206-acre, barrier-free camp located in Burton. It offers the 40 campers — all high-functioning children with ASD who are in elementary or middle school at Westview — an opportunity to meet others like them and build social skills through participating in numerous camp activities.