My first time going to that camp opened my eyes and changed the person I was inside and out. I saw how everyone was being treated and I realized that all I wanted all these years was… to be treated like everyone else. The staff are wonderful and they understand what these campers need. This is the best experience I ever had. I always want to go to camp, no matter what the cost. As a friend once said, your disability disappears when you are up there at camp. And it's true! My first year up there, I felt like my disability disappeared. Every year when I go home, I keep saying "I want to go back, I want to go back." Not only did the other campers teach me that when you put your mind to do something anything is possible, but so did the directors and the counselors.

 

Camp Oakes has become my home and the directors, counselors and campers have become my family. Thank you all for making me a part of your family. I love you all!

Lora Glassman Easterseals Camp participant and Associate of the Disability Thrive Initiative Project. 

Camp Oakes… a place for people with disabilities. A place where those people with disabilities become campers. And a place where those campers get to do things that people without disabilities do all the time. This is a place where people are not judged on anything- by their looks, what they say, or what they do. This is a place where people are loved- unconditionally. They are also loved because they all have something to teach, not only with the counselors and staff, but with each other as well.

Easterseals Camp is a week-long fully accessible camp experience held at YMCA Camp Oakes in Big Bear, which is fully accredited through the American Camp Association, and offers people with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.

What PCCP means to me ...

Many people suffer in silence, abused sometimes physically, sometimes economically, and others that hurt too much to mention. Mentally abused, many times by those deemed caregivers and even family, which can lead to self-abuse, as if just being was not already a difficult enough struggle in this society. 

PCCP to me is a wakeup call for justice, one community, freedom and respect of the disabled community. A call to the end of various human rights violations and denial of simple citizens privileges like a ramp to enter a public building. It means a call for the end of that lingering and selfish ableism self-delusional mentality and stares of disdain from our fearful society.


A chance for self- motivation, self-modulation, self-improvement, self-investment, and most important self-empowerment, self-love, and self-reliance. 

William Ramirez, LSC, Hollywood/Glendale II
ESSC ADS - 18 years 10 months

 

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Let's Us Speak For Ourselves...

I have had multiple times of the same experience of where people would talk to my mom (or someone who was with me) instead of me directly; or ask a question about me and my mom (or that other person) would say the same thing the mom in the article did. People need to be educated that not all people who have a disability can’t talk or can’t communicate in some way. People also need to understand that people who have a disability are people too and are not people to be feared or cast aside because they are different.

Lora Glassman 
Easterseals participant
and Associate of the Disability Thrive Initiative Project 

Lora is a unique individual, who was born with a rare brain abnormality called Schizencephaly. Doctors’ told her parents, she would have limited mental capacity and would never be independent. Lora’s parents looked at their six-month-old daughter and thought otherwise, deciding there, that doctors did not know everything. They pursued early intervention and full-inclusion in public schools. Despite having five surgeries by the time she was 10, Lora remained a happy, upbeat kid. Lora is a college graduated, she has her Bachelor’s degree in Radio, Television and Film and has appeared in several television shows. She also serves as a spokesperson for the organization by being an Easterseals Ambassador.  She rode on the Easterseals 100th anniversary float in the Rose Parade; spoke at numerous fundraisers and shares the Easterseals mission at various events. Lora’s belief is: “We’re different, but the same at the same time.

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