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‘Down Home’ Celebrates Joy and Togetherness at a Summer Camp for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

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‘Down Home’ Celebrates Joy and Togetherness at a Summer Camp for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

A few miles east of Austin, Texas, just outside of the small city of Elgin, a trailblazing initiative has provided an educational experience for adults with intellectual disabilities since 1989. Founded by parents of a daughter with Down’s Syndrome who noticed a lack of resources available to adults with disabilities, Down Home Ranch provides vocational opportunities and a summertime sleep-away camp. Over time, it has become a place of refuge that encourages personal expression and a home away from home for many of its attendees.

Austin-based director and cinematographer Riley Engemoen and photographer Liz Moskowitz captured magical moments and intimate insights into camp residents’ activities, relationships, and emotions in a short documentary, “Down Home.” Through poignant narration and stunning imagery, the filmmakers evoke a distinctly American nostalgia and celebrate how a safe space and togetherness “gives adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to escape societal barriers and have a good ol’ time dancing, loving, and feeling free.”

See more from Riley Engemoen on Vimeo and his website, and you can see more work by Liz Moskowitz on her website and Instagram.

A still from a short documentary showing people sitting at a table, reviewing a handmade camp journal.

All images © Riley Engemoen and Liz Moskowitz

A GIF from a short documentary showing a young man with Down's Syndrome saying

A still from a short documentary showing people with intellectual disabilities dancing at a summer camp. Captions read

A GIF from a short documentary about a camp for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It shows frames in 8mm film of people smiling and dancing. The caption reads

A still from a short documentary showing two people in a canoe in a pond.

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