Next week, the Campus Disability Advocates will have their disability week, with events on Monday through Friday at 7 pm. On Wednesday, October 1, at 7 pm in the UC Ballroom. Tricia Downing will be visiting to discuss Camp Discovery, a camp for adult women who are wheelchair users.
Trish Downing is a wheelchair athlete and director of Camp Discovery, a camp for women 21-years-old and up who are full-time wheelchair users. She aims to redefine participants’ lives through fitness and recreation. Her camp provides a rare and unique forum for women with disabilities to discuss their challenges and lives while also providing them with an outlet through exercise that benefits them both physically and emotionally. While a camp for adults with disabilities seems commonplace, many of these people rarely have the opportunity to meet and converse about the shared challenges they face, especially as they age. This camp also focuses on women with disabilities, one of the most marginalized groups in America. Trish Downing’s talk, therefore, will touch on many topics pertinent to college students, including: women’s issues, health and wellness, and disability.