Empathy And Volunteering

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As a volunteer for the Autism Society of North Carolina, I had responsibilities and obligations not only to my supervisor but to the children I was accountable for. Those children deserved my full attention, respect, and patience: they deserved a person who would treat them with dignity, just as if they were a child without a mental or physical condition. When working with special needs children, two crucial talents one must have are patience, and the ability to look past the disability and see the child for who they are as a person. This is simpler in theory than in practice. My first year working at Camp Sunshine Developmental Day Camp was challenging in the fact that although I tried not to, I always arrived at a feeling of empathy towards the children because of their disease. While it is admirable to empathize with the children, no one, especially people at a disadvantage, desire to be pitied.
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