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Media Memo: Camp Campus readies teens with Asperger's for college life

June 9, 2014

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Julie Poquette

DATE: June 6, 2014

SUBJECT: Camp Campus readies teens with Asperger's for college life

Seven high school students with Asperger's syndrome will spend a week living as University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students from June 8-13 as part of the Camp Campus program. One participant will have the opportunity to work alongside accomplished jazz violinist Randy Sabien, founder of the string department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Sabien will discuss careers in music and violin performance, and will be available to talk with the media.

Now in its sixth year, Camp Campus is offered specifically for young adults who have completed their junior or senior years of high school and plan to go to college. Participants will experience life on a university campus and use typical college services, including residence hall living, university dining services, a college debit card and recreational opportunities.

Among the week's activities will be daily structured practice in social skills development, financial management sessions, fitness training with faculty from the university's kinesiology department, meetings with staff from the Admissions Office and Office for Students with Disabilities, one-on-one meetings with faculty who teach in the students' academic areas of interest and community members who are working in those fields, and creation of electronic portfolios highlighting students' experiences during the six-day camp.

Members of the media are welcome to observe, videotape and photograph the following Camp Campus sessions held at UW-Eau Claire:

  • June 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Low ropes course at the Eagles Nest
  • June 10, 12:30-2 p.m.: Portfolio creation in Room 107 of Hibbard Humanities Hall
  • June 11, 1:30 p.m.: Discussion with Randy Sabien in Room 126 of the Haas Fine Arts Center
  • June 11, early evening: Program picnic behind Putnam Hall

For schedule information and to learn more about Camp Campus, contact co-directors Emily Axelson at 262-332-0194 or Amy Hilbert at 715-790-7833. They also may be reached by email at amyemily.campcampus@gmail.com. The media also may contact Julia Miller, camp co-coordinator, at 715-836-4895 or millerja@uwec.edu; and Kay Hagedorn, camp co-coordinator, at 715-836-4054 or hagedoke@uwec.edu.

 

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