Hi everyone! My name is Lindsay Veech and I’m a rising senior at St. Agnes Academy. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Easter Seals team this summer! You can ask my friends and family, my excitement for this job has been the only thing I talk about lately… I am especially looking forward to meeting new people and making many new friends. I think it’s really special to be given this opportunity to make a difference in others’ lives. I truly believe that there is something to be learned from kids with disabilities. For me personally, working with Easter Seals and children who have disabilities has changed my view on life. These children taught me to be more understanding, patient, and kind to everyone who crosses my path. I believe these kids can teach our community that no matter how many obstacles you will face, the list of successes you will achieve is always twice as long, because you can accomplish anything you set your mind to.
Hello y’all! My name is Ethan Glass. This will be my fifth summer being a part of Easter Seals camps, and my second summer as an intern. Next year I will be attending UT Austin to study psychology with hopes of becoming a therapist. Through my entire school-year, I have been eagerly awaiting Camp Smiles! Not only is it an incredibly fun time, it also gives me the opportunity to be a part of an amazing group of unique people. The bonds I make with the campers, volunteers, and my coworkers have been the basis of my favorite memories.
Children with disabilities give us all the opportunity to witness first hand that “different” is not even close to the same as “less than.” Just by being themselves, they show that having a disability is never the most interesting thing about them. We can learn that making judgements based on ability is extremely naïve. The children I have worked with have shown me time and time again that their ability to spread happiness is never hindered by a diagnosis.