In my capacity of Executive Director for Camp Kirk, but also as one who has a Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Disorder, I want to introduce you to a live presentation entitled “Playing Right Field”.
When I first became involved with Camp Kirk in 1991, it became very apparent that, given what I had gone through growing-up and some of the ongoing challenges I was faced with each day, that I had learning differences as well as attention deficit issues.
I was later assessed and my suspicions were confirmed.
My involvement with Camp Kirk soon became my life’s passion and as the camp evolved and grew, so did my understanding of Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders.
I then realized why I understood our campers so well and how I was able to relate to them and help them better understand themselves.
I also understood the fact that their disability does not define who they are, but is simply a part of who they are.
I too suffered from the same lack of self-confidence and self-esteem, which later lead to depression and close to despair.
Throughout the 20 years that I have been the Executive Director of Camp Kirk, I have had the pleasure of speaking publically about the camp, but moreover, about the effect that having Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder has had on my life.
Most of my talks have been to parent groups, teachers, school principals and entire student bodies.
Over time, I developed a presentation entitled: “Playing Right Field” where I utilize both music and words to highlight the fact that it is okay to be different and that, in the end, if you can get to a point where you truly believe in yourself, you will get to wherever you want to be in life.
As I have often said, Camp Kirk is not a cure, because there is no cure for these exceptionalities. However, it goes a long way in helping kids develop a strong sense of self and, often for the first time, experience success.
“Playing Right Field” tells the story, takes you through the highs and lows, but leaves you feeling wonderful and confident.
My aim in offering this presentation is, yes to raise the profile of Camp Kirk, but also heighten the awareness and the understanding of Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and other exceptionalities.
If you know of any groups, institutions and organizations that you feel might benefit from having me come and do a presentation, please have them contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be pleased to consider their request.