Saturday, October 31, 2020

21 United Of Mississippi Hosts Second Annual Down Syndrome Summer Family Camp


The second annual summer camp for Down syndrome families takes place at Camp Hopewell in Oxford this weekend.  Sponsored by 21 United of Mississippi, this camp is for individuals with Down syndrome and their immediate family members.
“Last year our campers had so much fun,” said Scott Thompson, president of 21 United.  “We aspired to double the number of families who attended last year’s camp, and we have just about reached that goal.”
While the children enjoy typical camp activities, parents and guardians will learn from speakers who are experts in their fields.  Dr. Robin Wilkerson, professor and director of the nursing program on the University of Mississippi’s Oxford campus, will present information from her research that focuses on siblings of individuals with disabilities.  Recently retired K-12 administrator Bonnie Owen will speak to the group about individualized education programs (IEPs).
“We are fortunate to have speakers with such wealth of knowledge joining us this year,” said Thompson.  “As parents of children with Down syndrome, we want to make sure they get the very best education possible and that the siblings get attention they also need and deserve.”
Created by three Oxford families, 21 United of Mississippi is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the inclusion, value and acceptance of individuals with Down syndrome.  
This year’s summer camp has spots remaining for just a few more families.  For more information on camp registration, contact Scott Thompson at 662-816-9898 or thompson@olemiss.edu.


Courtesy of 21 United of Mississippi