Nashville theater camp provides environment for kids with autism to shine

“I’m weird, and I’m wonderful,” is the new motto of the kids participating in Sense Theater Project, a summer camp in Nashville. The campers – and blossoming actors – are primarily children on the autism spectrum. The goal of the project is to provide the kids with a safe environment in which they can learn skills such as “social communication, flexible thinking, [and] flexible behavior.”

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.