Humanities Moments

Humanities Moments

We’ve all had “humanities moments” — when our lives were made richer, more poignant, and meaningful because of the insights the humanities provide.

The Color Green

Contributed by Savannah Hanley

Description

The color green. It’s a simple color you can see in everyday life, on the leaves of summer trees or on grass, but to my friend it is the best color in the world. By mentioning the color green, an infectious smile that reaches her ears appears on her face. She communicates with the world through her Dynavox, an alternative communication system, and her facial expressions. She has this amazing ability to make the people around her smile and laugh. She will come into a room telling you about Bobby Flay, her favorite book Out of My Mind, or the time that she almost jumped out of her chair because somebody sneezed. And she communicates all of this information using her computer. I met her at Camp R.E.A.C.H. The camp is designed to assist students with communication differences exercise their ‘voices’ outside school settings while making friends. I met her in the afternoon session, which requires more complex conversational practice for older students. She started as just a camper for me to work with, but as I got to know her she quickly became my friend and my family. She is one of many campers that has had positive impact on my life. Meeting her has taught the importance of using the voice you have and how to find happiness in the smallest things, including the color green.
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Why is this a Humanities Moment?

My experience at Camp R.E.A.C.H. is a humanities moment because it taught me a different way to view the world I live in. I understand the challenges children with special needs face and how important is it for these children to be able to communicate with their peers and caretakers. Camp R.E.A.C.H. allowed me to mature into a young woman, who is ready to face the challenges that college and adulthood will bring me. I have now learned the value of with perseverance, dedication, drive and determination in order to reach my goals. I have learned that having a more positive outlook on life, despite the challenges I face, can change my everyday experiences. However, the most important part is that I have made a life long friend that will continue to amaze me everyday.

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Title

The Color Green

Subject

My experience at Camp R.E.A.C.H. is a humanities moment because it taught me a different way to view the world I live in. I understand the challenges children with special needs face and how important is it for these children to be able to communicate with their peers and caretakers. Camp R.E.A.C.H. allowed me to mature into a young woman, who is ready to face the challenges that college and adulthood will bring me. I have now learned the value of with perseverance, dedication, drive and determination in order to reach my goals. I have learned that having a more positive outlook on life, despite the challenges I face, can change my everyday experiences. However, the most important part is that I have made a life long friend that will continue to amaze me everyday.

Description

The color green. It’s a simple color you can see in everyday life, on the leaves of summer trees or on grass, but to my friend it is the best color in the world. By mentioning the color green, an infectious smile that reaches her ears appears on her face. She communicates with the world through her Dynavox, an alternative communication system, and her facial expressions. She has this amazing ability to make the people around her smile and laugh. She will come into a room telling you about Bobby Flay, her favorite book Out of My Mind, or the time that she almost jumped out of her chair because somebody sneezed. And she communicates all of this information using her computer. I met her at Camp R.E.A.C.H. The camp is designed to assist students with communication differences exercise their ‘voices’ outside school settings while making friends. I met her in the afternoon session, which requires more complex conversational practice for older students. She started as just a camper for me to work with, but as I got to know her she quickly became my friend and my family. She is one of many campers that has had positive impact on my life. Meeting her has taught the importance of using the voice you have and how to find happiness in the smallest things, including the color green.

Date

The summers of 2014-2017

Contributor

Savannah Hanley

Identifier

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