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Camp Thunderbird: Taking Flight with Dance and Physical Education for Special Populations
Abstract: This article describes the Dallas-based Camp Thunderbird, an enrichment program that brought together minority students in special education and students from general education for a summer of physical activity and the arts. Among the camp participants were students who functioned at a high level in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, behavioral or emotional disturbance, and other health impairments including orthopedic and auditory. The curriculum offered classes in dance, music, drama, and other activities. Positive testimonials from faculty and parents, as well as the progress seen in many of students, show the value of such programs.