The Island 360: DeafBlind kids show off talents at Camp Helen Keller Variety Show
Learn about Camp Helen Keller, a summer camp that provides activities, trips, and technology classes to kids ages 5-15 that are blind or have low vision.
By The Island 360 | August 5, 2022
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Helen Keller Services, a Long Island-based non-profit offering programs and services for the DeafBlind Community, hosted its annual season-ending show for its Camp Helen Keller campers here today, with performances from kids ages 5 to 15 who are blind or have low vision.
Show-stopping performances included dance routines to favorite songs including “Rainbow Connection,” “The Theme From Cheers,” and singing performances by select campers.
Camp Helen Keller is a summer program created more than 50 years ago. Its main goal is to improve participants’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and socialization skills. It is held at the LIU Post campus in Brookville and admits campers from Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens, who receive free door-to-door transportation.
Campers participate in traditional activities, such as swimming, arts and crafts, music and dance classes, and field trips and technology classes that have been adapted for people with vision loss.
Every year, the camp organizes a show on the last day of the one-month program to celebrate the campers’ achievements, show parents and friends what campers have been doing and to say goodbye to old and new friends.