Photograph ©Greg Locke, PhotoSensitive. Kids Who Can, PhotoSensitive in partnership with Easter Seals, 2012.
Shelley Churchill, 25, has always been active. Her family is big on camping, and she herself is now involved with Scouting. Pictured with Mackenzie Stone, 5, Shelley says kids with disabilities often “get left out of the summer fun, so I wanted to make sure all of these kids got the same experiences I got as a child. I know a lot of people who have young children who have disabilities, and they tend to shy away from (outdoor) stuff because they’re not really sure how the kid is going to be able to handle the different challenges of being outdoors. Sometimes there’s a lot of stereotypes that kids with disabilities can’t do a lot of things and can’t be active, that maybe they’re too fragile to be doing this rough and tumble stuff, but that isn’t always the case.” Camp, Shelley says, is about “realizing that these kids are kids first and foremost, and recognizing that the disability is there, but it doesn’t have to limit you in any way.”