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As an intern, I was given the tasks of coming up with activities for the group to participate in, as well as being an extra pair of hands to help around the facility and keep watch over the individuals being treated. We had to find ways to entertain, stimulate, and support the entire group of about 20 individuals in a rather small location. The effects of certain disabilities, how they impact one's lifestyle and the lifestyle of those around them are crucial details that, were it not for this experience, I would not have become so intimately familiar with. Learning about diseases, disabilities, and treatment methods in a classroom is an entirely different experience than seeing these concepts in practice and participating actively in them. These experiences taught me to navigate challenges where I had less control over the situation. It was emotionally draining, but also incredibly rewarding.


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