Dr. Jim Taylor sits at a campfire
AppState Student leads two children
|ASU student with child.||
2014 Camp Cogger Staff
KAMPN Kids made the news! See the artical, KAMPN: Kids with Autism Making Progress in nature located in the , High Country Press Artical page 58 of Volume 9 Issue 4 April/May 2014 edition
KAMPN Mission Statement
KAMPN's (Kids with Autism Making Progress in Nature) mission is to provide an option rarely available for families having children with autism to experience activities in nature at Camp Cogger. It will provide a program for the child and family as well as provide an opportunity for the wholesome interaction of the families during the week. In addition, students participating from universities will benefit by working with the children and families under the supervision of trained staff and university personnel.
KAMPN conducts a uniquely designed overnight summer camp program, Camp Cogger, for children with autism and their families. It will be located in Deep Gap, North Carolina in the High Country known as the "Heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains."
KAMPN will provide a very unique opportunity for parents to interact with each other to discuss the challenges and rewards they are faced with daily. in addition it will provide them an opportunity to enjoy various activities provided in the High Country while trained service staff members work with their child at Camp Cogger.
KAMPN will provide a model that can be replicated in other areas of the state and country. This will be accomplished through distribution of all documents and materials that would help in the establishment of this model program.
KAMPN realizes the high costs involved in raising a child with autism. In order to help with the expenses, Camp Cogger is a free experiecne to families and their children with autism.
KAMPN LIFE (Living Innovations for Exceptional) Village is a new iniative through KAMPN. The LIFE Village will be a permanent residential community for adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or have related disorders.
Over 500,000 children with autism and related disorders will be entering adulthood in the next 15 years. Communities nationwide are starting to look at how to address these growing concerns. LIFE hopes to meet the residential and community living needs of adults on the autism spectrum and related disorders. In the next three to five years we will develop a residential community set on a sustainable, community-supported farm where exceptional individuals will feel safe, accepted and live LIFE with a purpose!
KAMPN LIFE Village is currently in the fundraising and planning stages, but our dedicated team is working towards opening the Village in the next 3-5 years!
In April of 2015, Jim Taylor and Brad Hardie will be Cycling for LIFE in a 500 mile adventure from Beech Mountain to Hatteras Beach. For more information about this great adventure and to donate, check out the link above
Ashe County Mountain Times (pdf - P.2)
Here are some links with more information about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)