There are so many camp choices for children with disabilities! From highly specialized camps to general inclusion programs, there are options for every child. With thorough research, you should be able to find the right camp for your child.
The American Camp Association makes it easy to find a great camp – they have an online listing of special-needs camps that is categorized by types of camps, cost, length of stay, state/region and age.
Extended School Year Services (ESY) is an alternative to summer camp. ESY is for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who need additional school days to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and prolonged periods of time off will have a negative impact on them. The summer course work is offered in accordance with the students IEP and at no cost to the parents of the child. It must also meet the standards of the State Educational Authority. ESY usually runs half a day for four weeks.
Need more help in your camp selection? Special Needs Kids Info offers an excellent list of questions to ask during your research!
The Jewish Community Center offers inclusion summer camp options, where you can take part in exciting camp activities, with the support you need.
Capital Camps began offering the Atzm’aim (independence) program for campers with disabilities in 1995. Benefiting from low camper-counselor ratios, campers are encouraged to participate in all activities. Fully mainstreamed into the general camp population, these campers add an important dimension to the camp community.
Local to Baltimore and want to explore camp options? Contact The Associated’s Center for Jewish Camping to provide you with a free personalized camp consultation and help you find the perfect camp for your child.