Grandmother seeks recreational options for special needs kids
To the Editor,
I was so happy to see the Special Olympic Athletes given a clap out as they left THS last week to compete. I wish there were more, or at least some, athletic classes or camps offered to children with different abilities in Tecumseh. Not one was offered from the new Recreation Department or Tecumseh Public Schools.
The swimming classes and sports camps offered for summer fail to even hint that they are appropriate for children with special needs. With Porter Center and the LISD serving the county children, as well as two colleges in the area, it would seem possible to include some offering for other abled children. Something as simple as having designated supporters to help individual children would open up many possibilities for children eager to participate in community athletic programs.
To ensure that my grandson has these opportunities, we travel to Plymouth, Ann Arbor and even Alabama. There he is able to participate in athletics most families take for granted will be provided in the city where they pay taxes. Inclusion in all aspects of community life should not be a rarity in Tecumseh or Lenawee County.