If someone told me at this point in my life that I would still be "able" to go camping, I would not have believed them. But I did just that! I was actually a counselor with the Recreation Council at Babler State Park in St. Louis County. It was a camp in which both staff and campers had disabilities. The kids took part in horse back riding, fishing, hiking, archery, sports, arts & crafts, and campfires. My wheels got quite a workout.
The entire camp was fully accessible to people with disabilities. Sue Fleming, the Executive Director of the Recreation Council, acted as my attendant. Sue could transfer me in and out of my wheelchair with ease and learned how to do my cath. It was wonderful to see children helping each other in an all-inclusive setting. I so wish this could happen throughout the world, and in time perhaps it will be.
Katie Rodriguez Banister works with audiences to embrace diversity
through motivational speaking and disability education.