Arts 'n Autism has been operating in Tuscaloosa since 2004, providing services to children and young adults with autism.
This summer, the program is offering four one-week summer camp sessions. The first session is underway this week.
Even though the program has the word "arts" in its name, the children experience a wide variety of activities.
In addition to visual and performing arts, the campers learn about water safety, visit a petting zoo, participate in physical fitness activities, and more.
Staff members say they see firsthand the strides the students are able to make through these experiences.
"Once that breakthrough happens, that they're doing something that's so amazing to us, that they're willing to do it, we celebrate that," Arts 'n Autism staff member Lee Johnson said.
"That is so amazing, no matter what developmental level," Johnson said.
Justin Mixon was once a student at Arts 'n Autism. Now he is a college graduate who works with the program.
"We do all kinds of activities, from a wide range, whether it be art, whether it be drum, whether it be music, whether it be about physical fitness or anything like that," Mixon said.
"And working with these kids, it's a blessing," he added.
Learn more about Arts 'n Autism, including more about its summer camps, at artsnautism.org
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