Camps for Children with Special Needs

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Closeup of two marshmallows toasting on the end of a poker.Updated May 2013
Updated by Kyrie Dragoo, NICHCY

Enjoy NICHCY’s quick links to camps and summer opportunities. Some of the listings below identify camps available to all children, while some are especially for children who have disabilities. It is also very likely that your community has summer camps or recreational opportunities available that you won’t find listed here.

To find what’s available in your community, consult local sources of information such as your child’s teachers, parks and/or recreation departments, area private schools, religious organizations, other community groups, parent centers, and fellow parents.

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General Camp Info and Opportunities

ActivityHero | www.activityhero.com

American Camp Associationwww.campparents.org

Association of Independent Campswww.aiccamps.org

Camp Channelwww.campchannel.com/campers/search

CampPage Guide to Summer Campswww.camppage.com/

Kids’ Campswww.kidscamps.com

My Summer Campswww.mysummercamps.com

Summer Camp Search |
http://summercamps.com/cgi-bin/summercamps/search.cgi

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Camps for Those with Special Needs

Be sure to check out the National Center on Physical Activity & Disability‘s Fun & Leisure section on camp resources, available at:
http://www.ncpad.org/fun/fact_sheet.php?sheet=88&view=all

And now let’s look at camps that are described as supporting children with specific types of disabilities. The list is alphabetized according to the disabilities mentioned.

Amputees and Those with Limb Differences
http://www.amputee-coalition.org/fact_sheets/Kidscamps.html

Asperger Syndrome and Other Developmental Disabilities

http://www.aspires-relationships.com/links_camps.htm

Cancer
http://www.ped-onc.org/cfissues/camps.html

Deaf or Hard of Hearing
http://www.gallaudet.edu/x17375.xml

Diabetes
www.childrenwithdiabetes.com/camps

Diabetes
http://www.diabetescamps.org/

Easter Seals Directory of Day and Residential Camps
http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_directory_camprec

Hemiplegia and Stroke (CHASA)
http://www.chasa.org/disability-sports/summer-camps/

Special Needs in the Metro New York Area
http://resourcesnyc.org/sites/default/files/2013%20RCSN%20Special%20Camp%20Guide_0.pdf

Special Needs Camps
http://www.mysummercamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps/index.html

Special Needs Camps
http://www.campresource.com/summer-camps/special-needs-camps.cfm

Special Needs Camps

http://www.choicecamps.com/special-needs-summer-camps/

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Really now, why don’t they have summer camp for grown-ups?!

In which of the above would YOU enjoy spending a long summer day?

Well, guess what?  There’s actually a site identifying grown-up camps—its tagline is “Why should kids have all the fun?”

Use the link below to connect with “fantasy camps, recreational adventures, volunteer & enrichment vacations for the adult traveler!”
http://www.grownupcamps.com

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NOTICE: The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) is no longer in operation. Our funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) ended on September 30, 2013. Our website and all its free resources will remain available until September 30, 2014.