Here’s a new list of summer resources for those with autism/Asperger’s in the U.S.A., more current for this year. Feel free to comment if you know of additional camps to add.
Inclusion of programs on this website should in no way be considered an endorsement, as I have no personal experience with any of these organizations. Please do your due diligence before selecting the appropriate program for your Aspergian or special needs child.
CARD is a program in Florida which serves individuals of any age with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and related disabilities, as well as their family members, friends and professionals who work with them. Once referred and records are reviewed, individuals can obtain information about their disability, get referrals to federal, state and local agencies, receive planning support, and benefit from training sessions and consultations. CARD sites are located throughout Florida, on university campuses. For specific locations and more information, call 1-800-928-8476 or visit www.autismfl.com/card.html
If you live in Florida, are seeking a job, and are significantly affected by autism or another disability, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) can help go to work. Currently, the APD helps over 5,000 people with disabilities maintain employment. In addition to helping match employers with employees, ongoing support, assistance with training, and vocational rehabilitation are offered through two state programs. Services are provided to those on the Medicaid waiver and those waiting to enroll.
Employment is an important way for adults to become contributing members of their community, and provides a sense of self-esteem. For more information about this service in Florida, visit www.apdcares.org or call 1-866-273-2273.
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE 2013 ARTICLE WITH EVEN MORE CAMPS ADDED TO THE LIST!
Summer camp can be a lonely place for many kids, but for those with the sensory and social challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome, camp can create many uncomfortable situations, if not a very bad experience — just the opposite of what most parents hope for their children.
Before our daughter was diagnosed, we sent her to an all-girls Christian summer camp for a week at about age 14. They had wonderful activities – the usual campfires, art, tennis, horseback riding you’d expect at summer camp, plus a tubing trip down a local river. Well, she “survived” but not without some challenges (thank goodness for a kind counselor). If we only had known about Asperger’s Syndrome then, I would have certainly looked for a camp more suited to her comfort zone.
I recently came across a listing of summer camps for children with AS and similar disabilities and thought I’d share a few. This is in no way an endorsement of any of those on the list since I have no personal experience with these camps — you’ll have to check them out for yourself. But here’s a place to start!
- Camp Kodiak, McKellar, Ontario, Canada – a unique, integrated, non-competitive program for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and Asperger’s Syndrome
- Camp Buckskin, Ely, Minnesota – an overnight summer camp that specializes in serving boys and girls ages 6-18 who are experiencing academic and/or social skill difficulties
- Summit Camp, Honesdale, Pennsylvania – a summer sleepaway camp for boys and girls, ages 8-17, with issues of attention including ADHD, Asperger’s syndrome, NVLD, and/or mild social or emotional concerns
- Camp Nuhop, Perrysville, Ohio – a residential summer camp for all children with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders and behavior disorders
- Talisman Programs, Zirconia, North Carolina – offers kids ages 6-14 a typical summer camp experience with the structure and social skill guidance needed for success
These are just a few of those listed — be sure to check out mysummercamps.com for SIX PAGES of listings!