Continuing to show how inclusion benefits everyone, The Bubel/Aiken Foundation (TBAF) forms a partnership with Cerebral Palsy of North West Indiana (NWI), Inc. and the Hobart Family YMCA, donating $7,290 to their summer camp program.
To coincide with Disability Awareness Month, TBAF, Cerebral Palsy of NWI, Inc. and the Hobart Family YMCA will announce a Preschool Day Camp for children with all abilities at a luncheon set for Wednesday March 22nd, 2006 at the Hobart Family YMCA. The camp will be open to children with and without disabilities, ages 3-5. The luncheon will host city officials, community members, business leaders, and other agencies that serve people with disabilities.
“Through these agencies’ partnering, an innovative program for children of all abilities can become a reality,” said the Mayor of Hobart, Linda Buzinec. “The camp will bring unity among the Hobart community.”
Clay Aiken, co-founder of TBAF, has long been passionate about working to help children with disabilities. Before his success on the show “American Idol,” Aiken studied Special Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. While there, he taught and mentored a student with autism named Michael Bubel, whose mother, Diane Bubel, the co-founder of TBAF, is scheduled to speak about the importance and benefits of inclusion at the luncheon.
“We are really excited about extending our summer camp program to serve younger children and hope our commitment to create awareness about inclusion spreads across the nation,” said Diane Bubel. “Our partners have truly embraced the idea by practicing our principles and asking for our expertise. We are glad to be working with groups who are on our same wavelength.”