Special needs recreational classes struggling to stay afloat

Megan Burgess loves to paint and sing. She looks forward to her weekly art and music class, designed for people with special needs, which are Thursday evenings at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex on Collier Parkway. But if it doesn’t get more support, she might lose that opportunity. And that loss would be felt by both Megan and her mother. “It would be horrible. You want the kids … [Read more...]

In Print: The beauty of art, politics, nature

Megan Burgess likes to do many things young women her age do. She likes to paint, and create. But Megan, 21, also is a low-functioning autistic. She has trouble communicating verbally, which makes it hard for her to express herself in ways others practically take for granted. But she does look forward to hearing to the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center where she knows she'll have a chance … [Read more...]