ATRC Makes Camp ‘Cool’

By Dara Fukuhara
Wednesday - June 23, 2010 Share

By Dara Fukuhara, Community Outreach Coordinator
Assistive Technology
Resource Centers of Hawaii

Computers, digital photography, 3D software, a mini carnival - these are things you normally don’t think of when you hear the word “camp.” But at Assistive Technology Resource Centers of Hawaii, these are words we associate with our Camp Cool.

Camp Cool is the only two-day, daytime-only computer camp for children with disabilities from 8 to 13 years of age and their siblings or friends. It covers technology concepts such as digital photography, digital movie design and 3D animation. The goal of the program is to introduce children with disabilities to a variety of technology concepts to increase their knowledge, skills and self-confidence, based on the individual’s abilities.


“Alex,” one of the campers who attended our last camp, was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis, a rare disease that affects various systems and can cause seizures and developmental delay. At school, it is challenging for him to sit in a class and listen to verbal instruction. But at Camp Cool, he is exposed to hands-on, visual activities that aren’t offered in the classroom, and the volunteers give each camper individual attention.

Camp Cool counselors Tino Santiago (left) and Dave Balatico (right) guide a camper through the latest in computer technology

ATRC is a statewide nonprofit organization committed to linking people with disabilities to assistive technology so they can participate in every aspect of community life while maintaining independence and dignity. For more than 19 years, ATRC has fulfilled this mission by promoting technology through advocacy, training, information and education.

We are seeking motivated and reliable volunteers for our upcoming Camp Cool on two consecutive Saturdays, July 10 and 17. We are looking for volunteers who work well with children and disabilities, and who have some knowledge of computers and software programs. Volunteers will attend a mandatory meeting prior to the camp and must be willing to go through a background check.

If you are interested and want more information about Camp Cool and other programs at ATRC, contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 532-7119.

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