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Micki Steele / The Detroit News

Birmingham

 

Ninth-grader Andrew Downs of Royal Oak didn’t know what to expect the first day of camp. But after two weeks in a program for people with special needs, the 14-year-old had learned yoga and made friends.

“It was a bit sketchy at first,” said Andrew, who spends most of his time in a wheelchair. “But once I got into it, it was a good experience.”

Andrew performed Friday as a monkey in Camp FAR Out’s “Jungle Adventures” music and dance recital with 34 other campers with special needs. Some are autistic. Others have Down syndrome. But they all got on stage for the camp’s finale performance.

“We put them all together and it works,” said Arlene Kass, the executive director. “All of their abilities and talents are explored.”

The FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts in Birmingham sponsors the annual 10-day summer camp. It also offers year-round art, music, dance, sports and recreation programming for children and adults with special needs to help them learn social skills and build confidence.

Read in Full:  http://www.detnews.com/article/20100821/METRO02/8210361/1409/metro/Camp-exposes-special-needs-children-to-performance-art–recreation



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