Summer camp experiences are excellent opportunities for children with physical disabilities to connect with others like themselves, gain independence, and try new things. The reasons to send your child to summer camp are many of the same reasons that summer camps are great experiences for any child. Remember, however, that each child is different and that each summer camp experience is different. There are also recreational and holiday experiences designed with children with physical disabilities in mind.
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There are several options for sending a child with a physical disability to camp. These options include:
- Sending your child to a general camp and ensuring that your child’s access and medical needs can be accommodated
- Sending your child to a camp specializing in serving children with physical disabilities
- Sending your child to a introductory or elite sports camp
- Going on a summer holiday that accommodates individuals with physical disabilities
General or Special Interest Summer Camps
This resource discusses inclusion of all children in any summer camp program
If your child has a special interest such as robotics, art, or music, it is important to work with the camp program to make sure that the camp can meet your child’s access and medical needs.
Camps for Children with Disabilities
There are many camps that focus on children with disabilities. It is important to make sure that your child is a good fit for the particular program, because some camps focus on specific types of disabilies or have specific dates dedicated to specific needs. For example, a camp might focus just on deaf or hard of hearing campers for 2 weeks, then focus on a camp for those with intellectual disabilities, and then focus on a camp for children with physical disabilities. Some of these camps are free of charge, although they usually require the parent to be responsible for transportation to and from the camp. There are many search engine sites that list camps for children with disabilities.
http://dev.amputee-coalition.org/events-programs/youth-camp/ (includes children with limb differences)
PDF, recreational opportunities, Edmonton https://www.edmonton.ca/activities_parks_recreation/documents/PDF/InclusiveRecreationGuide.pdf
Camps for Sports Development
If your child is an aspiring athlete, there are programs during the summer that focus on general introduction to disability sports, and there are programs that focus on specialized training at advanced or elite levels.
Ability first sports camps http://alabamaadapted.com/womens-wheelchair-basketball-camp/
University of Illinois basketball and track camps http://disability.illinois.edu/camps
Children’s sports camp
Wheelchair basketball camp
Winter camps http://nscd.org/
If summer camp is not your thing, some programs offer holidays for families of children with special needs
In the USA, holiday adventures may be available through “wish” grants.
Typically, if you are granted a wish by one organization, you are not allowed to receive another wish from another organization.
Believe In Tomorrow National Children’s Foundation https://believeintomorrow.org/
The Granted Wish Foundation https://www.grantedwish.org/
Make-a-Wish Foundation of America http://wish.org/#sm.0000zxn3c31b54dqwuz3hlregt5af
Wishing Well Foundation USA http://www.wishingwellusa.org/contact_us0.aspx