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Oklahomans Without Limits camp offers fun for visually impaired children

The annual Oklahomans Without Limits camp sponsored by NewView Oklahoma pairs blind and visually impaired children and teens with sighted volunteers for a week of fun.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: July 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm •  Published: July 13, 2012

For counselor Natalie Sells, the annual Oklahomans Without Limits camp for blind and visually impaired children is her favorite week of the year — every year.

“It beats my birthday, Christmas, everything. I love it,” Sells said as she guided some children into the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on Wednesday.

Camper Ashton Parker, 8, of Yukon, who happened to overhear Sells, popped up beside her to second the sentiment.

“Me, too. I love it,” Ashton said, flashing a thumbs-up sign.

About 35 children and teens ages 8 through 18 with varying degrees of visual impairment are participating in this year's camp, which is sponsored by NewView Oklahoma, formerly the Oklahoma League for the Blind.

Each child is paired with a sighted companion, usually a teenage volunteer who accompanies the child on rounds of activities, including museum tours, swimming, arts activities and storytelling groups.

Sells has served as a camp counselor for four years and sees no end to her participation.

“I wouldn't miss it. These kids are so inspirational. They teach me so much about perseverance,” she said.

The counselors, teen volunteers and campers are staying at University of Oklahoma dormitories this year. They're scheduled to conclude their camp Friday afternoon with a talent show.

“We're busy all the time,” said camper Aubrey Weatherly, 17, of Lawton. “We've been swimming. We've made masks. We've gone to museums. It's really, really fun.”

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by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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