by Kerry Margo

I was diagnosed with autism at 4 and shortly thereafter had a very meaningful camp experience at a JCC near me specifically for those with special needs. Today I’m a professional speaker, author, and consultant who travels the country to break down barriers for those with special needs. I’d love to speak in your area which we can discuss a potential collaboration if you email me here.

Because of the impact, I think camps can have on those in our community I wanted to share Zac Brown Band’s story with you today.

I first learned about Zac Brown Band’s commitment to helping those with special needs when I went to see them in concert at PNC Bank. After one of their sets, Zac Brown, the lead performer, told the crowd about a portion of the proceeds from their concert going to help those with autism and special needs.

I originally thought they were donating to a specific non-profit until I realized it was for a camp for those with special needs called Camp Southern Ground located in Peachtree City, Georgia. While looking at their website there was a note from Zac Brown where he wrote,

“As a former camp counselor, I know how a positive camp experience can transform a child’s life. My dream is that children of all abilities will have an opportunity to experience the magic of the outdoors.”

Once through with the development stage the camp will serve children from the ages of 7-17 with both typical and special needs such as Asperger syndrome, Tourette syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD and dyslexia.

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