Summer Camps 2014






National Ability Center


National Ability Center located in Park City, Utah has year-round day and overnight camps for youth with physical disabilities, cognitive disabilities and autism.  Recreational, competitive and team-building programs are available in skiing, adventure learning, aquatics, water sports, archery, cycling, snowboarding, snowshoeing, sled hockey, climbing and equestrian sports.


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Park City, Utah


Camp Akeela

Came Akeela campers are boys and girls completing grades 3-10 who are seeking a fun-filled, traditional camp experience that supports their social growth.

Social Skills Development

Parents and teachers describe are campers as bright, creative, well-behaved.  At the same time, Akeela campers struggle to make meaningful social connections with peers.  Our campers need practice and guidance in reading non-verbal cues, exhibiting conversational empathy, or understanding social nuances.

At Akeela we work on social skills, while campers are enjoying a traditional camp program.  Because we know every camper is different, we choose not to follow one specific social skills curriculum or therapeutic approach.  Instead, we work with families to understand exactly what will make each camper feel socially successful.


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One Thoreau Way

Thetford Center, VT 05075

Camp Chazak

Camp Chazak will kick off and culminate with family participation. Families will take part in traditional opening and closing ceremonies as well as an end of camp BBQ celebration.


Camp Chazak, a program of URJ Eisner and Crane Lake Camps, is entering it’s 4th year. Camp Chazak serves campers from 8-14 years old, whose social delays impair their ability to function in a “typical” camp environment. Social skills coaching is incorporated into the daily camp schedule.
Campers will have a URJ Camp experience, enjoying all camp activities, from basketball and soccer to tie dying and pottery, boating and swimming. Chazak campers will experience the wind through their hair as they woosh across the zipline, they’ll be cheered on by friends as they hit the target at archery and they’ll leave their mark by creating a bunk plaque to be hung on camp.
Camp Chazak runs concurrently with NFTY Northeasts Summer Institute. NFTY participants, who are high school students, help to bring the spirit of camp to Chazak. Together we will have campfires, experience Shabbat and make new friends.
Camp Chazak targets individuals with social deficits who are high functioning in regards to toileting, dressing, hygiene, etc. Many of these campers are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and other disorders involving social developmental delays.


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Camp Chazak, New Jersey

Camp Little Notch


Camp Little Notch (CLN) is a magical forest located at the base of the Adirondacks in upstate New York. Situated on 2300 acres of pristine wilderness, including an 80-acre private lake, CLN provides the perfect setting for outdoor adventure, personal growth, new friendships, and community building.

For 70 years—from 1939 to 2008—the Girl Scouts owned and operated Camp Little Notch (CLN) as a summer camp for girls. In 2008, the Girl Scout Council decided to close CLN and sell the property. Upon learning of the impending sale, an energetic group of former campers and staff—who believed CLN could and should reopen—formed Friends of Camp Little Notch (Friends of CLN), the non-profit organization that now operates CLN. Friends of CLN has successfully conserved the property through a relationship with the Open Space Institute (OSI) and are in the process of purchasing a portion of this extraordinary land from OSI.

Generations of campers spent many life-changing summers at CLN. Many of them are still connected to CLN and are members of Friends of Camp Little Notch. CLN quietly waited since 2008 to welcome campers back to its magical forest and the dedicated volunteers, generous supporters, Friends of Camp Little Notch Board of Directors, staff, and members made this dream a reality! Camp Little Notch reopened to campers in 2012.

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110 Spring Street

Saratoga Springs, NY 1286

Camp Sequoia

Camp Sequoia is an overnight summer camp for boys ages 8-17 who are diagnosed with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Located on the beautiful campus of The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania (1 hour northwest of Philadelphia) our innovative program integrates Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking® framework to help campers develop their social thinking skills through an active, traditional camp program.

Camp Sequoia is designed for children and teenagers with ADHD and other similar diagnoses who do not need the level of support offered at special needs overnight camps yet need a different experience than a traditional overnight camp can offer.

The majority of our campers are diagnosed with ADHD (Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). Our camper population also includes boys who present with social anxiety, learning differences which effect social skills development or may not have a formal diagnosis yet present with social learning needs.

All campers present with average to above average cognitive ability. The majority of our campers attend public schools where they are in mainstream education for all or a majority of the day. Some attend parochial schools, Jewish day schools or private schools for students with learning differences. Our campers come from across the U.S.A. and internationally to be with us in the summer.

Parents who choose Camp Sequoia do so because the experience we provide is much more than a summer camp. It is truly an investment in their child’s future success. The mission of Camp Sequoia is to help our campers have a great time while developing their social cognition (how to think in a social context and apply socially related skills). Without strong social cognition it is difficult to be successful in life. Through integrating the Social Thinking concepts and language into all aspects of camp life we create a full immersion into a fun, active social learning experience. Camp Sequoia is the first overnight summer camp designed specifically for boys diagnosed with ADHD who need help developing their social skills.

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Camp Sequoia
200 Seminary Street
Pennsburg, PA 18073

Camp Campus

An opportunity for people diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome to experience living on a college campus. You will use campus dining services and other recreational opportunities.  You will interact with a Faculty Mentor specifically selected based on your career interest.  There will be technology for you to learn including developing an online portfolio and using the iPod Touch and iPad.

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Communication Science and Disorders

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Eau Claire, WI 54702

The Friendship Circle

Friendship Circle is a non-profit organization that provides programs and supports to the families of individuals with special needs. Camps include social skills day camp, overnight camp, baseball through the Miracle League and the “Lose the Training Wheels” program to learn to ride a two-wheeled bike.  In the social skills day camp, children are placed in small groups headed by a volunteer.  In the other programs, each child is matched with a one-on-one volunteer.  The Friendship Circle also has 83 locations worldwide, each with its own menu of summer programs.

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6892 West Maple Road

West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Camp Greentop

 Since 1937, Camp Greentop has been giving campers, regardless of their abilities, friendship, adventures and just plain fun that summer camp brings. Located in the Catoctin National Park, near Thurmont, Maryland, youth and adults with disabilities spend a week canoeing, fishing, swimming and horseback riding and singing songs next to a campfire under the stars.

The League’s year round Camping & Therapeutic Recreation program provides joyful, life-changing experiences in a safe environment and builds meaningful relationships in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities. Camping & Therapeutic Recreation is proud to offer the following services throughout the year:

Summer Programs:

The League at Camp Greentop provides an array of summer camping programs available for individuals ages 7 and up with a broad spectrum of ability levels. These include:

  • Traditional Camp: Our traditional camp is an overnight summer camp program for youth and adults with disabilities. Located in the Catoctin Mountain Park in Thurmont, Maryland, campers enjoy activities such as swimming, horseback riding, arts & crafts, sports & games and other social activities. Youth sessions (ages 7-21) and All-Ages sessions (ages 7 and up) provide a structured schedule, while Adult sessions (ages 18 and up) offers a more relaxed atmosphere with day trips in addition to all on-site programming.
  • Day Camp: Day camp provides youth ages 7-21 a structured daily schedule full of activity. Day camp runs from 8:30am-5:30 pm, and allows the comfort of sleeping at home.
  • League Pioneers: Our primitive camp program, League Pioneers is located 1/2 mile from Camp Greentop at Walnut Springs. Campers sleep in tents, explore the outdoors, and even assist with cooking meals over a fire.
  • Travel Camp: Travel camp provides an opportunity for adult campers ages 18 and up to travel to local points of interest during the summer. Travel campers spend their nights in hotels and their days sightseeing and discovering the area.


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Easter Seals Wisconsin



Easter Seals Wisconsin offers overnight and day camps in the Wisconsin Dells.  Siblings and buddies age 7-14 are invited to join each camper.  Some camp sessions provide one-on-one support around the clock; some are small group sessions for campers with mild to moderate impairments and some are planned for individuals with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome.


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101 Nob Hill Road, Suite 301

Madison, WI 53713

The Children’s Association for Maximum Potential

 (C.A.M.P.) in Center Point, Texas runs a summer camp and year-round respite club.  The six day, five night summer camp sessions are for children and adults with special needs as well as their siblings.  Traditional summer camp activities such as canoeing, swimming, horseback riding and outdoor sports are modified so that people of all abilities may participate.  24 hour medical care is available from the team of professional health care volunteers.  Fees are assessed on a sliding scale based on each family’s income.


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2525 Ladd Street

Lackland AFB, TX 78236

Camp Horizons

Located on Lake Probus in South Windham, Connecticut serves people with developmental disabilities.  In addition to traditional summer camp activities, the camp incorporates a curriculum of life skills, language skills, music and movement, social skills and vocational training.


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127 Babcock Hill Rd.

South Windham CT, 06266

Camp Leemar

Camp Leemar in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania adds speech therapy, vocational training, swim instruction, academic instruction and therapeutic arts to the usual menu of camp activities.  Children with mild to moderate learning or developmental disabilities participate in a 7 week residential camp.


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Camp Buckskin

Camp Buckskin specializes in serving boys and girls ages 6-18 who have social skill or some academic needs. More specifically, the majority of our campers struggle with AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, Aspergers, or similar needs. They have a world of potential in many areas that have yet to be developed. They simply need extra support and opportunities to covert their potentials into abilities.

Buckskin provides a mix of mainly traditional camp and some academic activities. We feature a daily Personal Growth program which addresses social skill and self development. We strive to help our campers learn to build and maintain friendships, to become more self-reliant, to develop better problem solving/coping skills, and to be more accepting of responsibility. As a result of this growth, our campers return home with more self confidence and a strengthened self concept, which makes for a happier, more successful young person.

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P.O. Box 389

Ely, MN 55731








Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois

The Special Recreation Associations Network of Illinois (SRANI) is a network of therapeutic recreation agencies. Special Recreation Associations provide community-based special recreation services to children and adults with disabilities. These agencies are members of the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA).

It is the mission of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association to be an advocate in providing quality park, recreation and conservation education, resources and services to professionals and citizens throughout the state of Illinois.  Behind every great community is a great park and recreation department.  The members of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association continually advance their professional careers through education and certification, networking opportunities and access to resources in order to better serve their communities and residents.

Therapeutic recreation professionals within the Illinois Therapeutic Recreation Section of the Illinois Park and Recreation Association provide recreation programs for people with disabilities in a variety of settings such as community-based Special Recreation Associations, hospitals, physical rehabilitation centers and many others. These professionals are advocates for special recreation services for all residents of Illinois and through valuable partnerships they collaborate to provide innovative programming for individuals with special needs.

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Miracle League

Miracle League is an international organization serving 200,000 children and adults with disabilities with a single mission: to make baseball accessible to people of all abilities.  Miracle League fields are fully accessible to wheelchairs, and each player is paired with a non-disabled volunteer.  The Rules of the game are modified to give every player the opportunity to participate fully.


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Illinois YMCA


The YMCA offers a variety of summer camps and summer activities. Check with your local YMCA to see what they have to offer.


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Northern Illinois University

Every summer, NIU offers nearly 40 summer day and residential camps in DeKalb for students in 1st through 12th grades. From athletics to activism, there’s sure to be something of interest to every young learner!


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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana offers are variety of summer experiences.


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SuperCamp is the best academic, life, college prep and career skills camp for ages 11-18. We help students increase grades, confidence and motivation. Held at prestigious college campuses nationwide. Students experience a shift in learning through academic enrichment classes, exciting outdoor challenges, personal growth and character building exercises.
We empower students to:
* Raise grades, self-confidence and motivation
* Sharpen study skills
* Improve test results
* Communicate more effectively
* Resolve differences
* Maintain positive relationships
SuperCamp is a highly engaging experience where your child acquires strategies for effective learning in all subjects, develops critical new skills and builds communication, leadership, relationship and career capabilities.

Held at a variety of prestigious college campuses nationwide and select global locations, SuperCamp empowers teens and prepares them for a life of excellence personally, academically, and in their chosen path in life. Students experience a shift in learning through academic enrichment classes, exciting outdoor challenges, personal growth and character building exercises.

It’s renewed confidence emerging from a sense of team. It’s intense days of discovery and motivation from wake-up to lights-out. It’s a program taught by experts, offering skills that last a lifetime. Imagine the experience of success and growing confidence every step of the way. That’s SuperCamp!

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Locations in Illinois

iD Programming Academy for Teens

The computer science job market is booming, with over 1 million jobs expected to be available by 2020. There has never been a more important time to learn to code! Gain a competitive edge and learn how your interest in programming, app development, robotics, or engineering can lead to a college degree and lucrative career – while exploring a top university campus.

* 2-week, intensive summer program for teens ages 13-18.
* Experience collegiate life at a top university like Stanford, MIT, Princeton, Yale, and others.
* Explore programming, app development, robotics, engineering, and more.
* iD has been named the #1 Top Workplace in Silicon Valley for small businesses.
* Learn from experienced Academy faculty.
* Ratios of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed.
* Tour an app development studio.
* Work with professional, big name products and platforms.
* Show off skills in LAN gaming tournaments.
* Graduate with a project portfolio.
* Receive (optional) an official transcript with accredited Continuing Education Units from Stanford.

Enroll now and make changes up until 3 weeks before your session without fees. Also weeklong iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17.

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Lake Forest College

iD Game Design & Development Academy

Game world meets real world as teens beginner to advanced get immersed in video game production. Instead of just playing games, create, code, design, and develop games of your own—while exploring a top university campus. Innovate and collaborate, battle it out in gaming tournaments, and learn how your passion can lead to a college degree and even a rewarding career in the game industry.

* 2-week, intensive, overnight summer program for teens ages 13-18.
* Experience collegiate life at a top university like Stanford, Harvard, and others.
* Explore game design, development, programming, 3D modeling and animation, and 3D level design.
* iD has been named the #1 Top Workplace in Silicon Valley for small businesses.
* Learn from experienced Academy faculty.
* Ratios of 8 students per instructor, guaranteed.
* Tour a game design studio.
* Work with professional, big name software.
* Show off skills in LAN gaming tournaments.
* Graduate with a project portfolio.
* Receive (optional) an official transcript with accredited Continuing Education Units from Stanford.

Enroll now and make changes up until 3 weeks before your session without fees. Also weeklong iD Tech Camps for ages 7-17.

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Lake Forest College



In separate girls-only and boys-only programs, we emphasize diversity and communication skills in a fun atmosphere… uniting kids of varied backgrounds; they expand their comfort zones and build character. They enjoy activities like rock climbing, river walking, canoeing, playing under waterfalls, and night hikes under the stars, plus carefully designed group activities and games so that fun and personal growth coincide.

Our campers’ comments bear out our program’s positive effect: “Camp Kupugani helped me see that I am beautiful on the inside and out. Because of my time here, I want to teach girls that they are strong independent women who can change the world.”
“Camp Kupugani helped me realize everyone is unique and that makes us special, and everyone is alike and that brings us together.” “Going to C.K. really helped me make friends, be happier, more sure of myself, and pretty much a better kid all around!”

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Leaf River, Illinois


House In The Wood provides an opportunity for inner city youth from Chicago to benefit from the outdoor camp experience. Using traditional camp activities, we have been providing campers with positive alternatives to negative urban lifestyles since 1910. We believe that individuals can only choose from among alternatives that are known to them.

We offer the following activities: swimming, boating, campouts, cookouts, nature exploration, performing arts, arts & crafts, games, team sports, cooking, and peer mediation program. We also offer family camp, performing arts camp, and an active Leaders-In-Training program for our teens.


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Delavan Wisconsin, Southeast Wisconsin, two hours from Chicago



Camp Callahan, Incorporated, now in its 54th year of service to people with disabilities, offers a program that provides an exciting, safe, summer camp experience. Camp Callahan Inc., their volunteers, and the facilities of the Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America, will combine to make this unique program a success. Camp Callahan is dedicated to serving youth with wide-ranging disabilities through a stimulating, liberating program in an environment that is physically and socially adapted to the personal needs of these very special campers. The camp has the specialized environment, equipment, activities, accessible buildings, and a trained adult staff to overcome the barriers that a person with disabilities would encounter at ordinary summer camps.


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Camp Callahan, Inc.
P.O. Box 5253
Quincy, Illinois 62305


Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of children on the autism spectrum. The program is led by a team of artists, administrators, and special education teachers dedicated to creating a safe, welcoming, and comfortable environment for children affected by autism. Our aim is to foster a shared arts experience that encourages self expression, social engagement, creative exploration, and above all, FUN!

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3121 W. Byron Street

Chicago, IL 60657


Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environment.

Timber Pointe offers special needs and inclusive camp sessions for children and adults ages 7 and up. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding. It is an experience of outdoor life for kids whose health issues make these activities often seem impossible. It is a chance for campers to develop independence and confidence. There are four weeklong Easter Seals sessions this summer, including camps for adults with disabilities, adults with developmental disabilities and youth/young adults with physical disabilities, youth/young adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, we offer weekend respite camps during the school year.

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Hudson, Illinois

Easter Seals Central Illinois



From campfire sing-a-longs and late night ghost stories, to boating, nature walks, swimming, and arts and crafts, Easter Seals camps provide the same excitement and activity available at other summer camp programs. The difference? Easter Seals campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting.


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Located on the grounds of Camp Henry Horner, Camp Red Leaf is designed to serve youth and adults with developmental disabilities, emotional and behavioral needs for ages 9 and upward.


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Camp STAR provides opportunities for success by incorporating typical camp activities (such as sports and swimming) with various behavioral treatments to improve social skills and anger management, reduce oppositional behaviors, and enhance self-esteem.  Campers also play educational computer games, express their creativity through arts and crafts and work on classroom behavior in the AcademicLearning Center. A 1-to-2 staff-to-camper ratio ensures that each camper receives individual attention. Weekly parent training sessions will discuss techniques to increase compliance and improve family relations.  Camp STAR is unique because every child has an individualized treatment plan, parents can choose optional medication assessment, and families receive post-camp support and services.

Psychologists and psychiatrists from the Institute for Juvenile Research, Department of Psychiatry at UIC will provide clinical services to campers and formal training and supervision to counselors and teachers. Camp STAR counselors are trained undergraduate and graduate students in psychology, education, or mental health related fields.


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Highland Park, Illinois


Summer at Julie Herr & Associates provides a unique opportunity for children to forge meaningful relationships, play with peers, build confidence and master new skills in an integrated day camp for children with and without special needs. Four sessions are available and include weekly field trips. There are also three overnight experiences available for kids aged 7-11.

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2032 W. Grand Ave.

Chicago, IL 60612


Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self esteem in 2 week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff, and 24 hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for intellectually disabled kids and adults who could otherwise not attend similar camp programs due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.


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26W 684 Lindsey Ave.

Winfield, IL 60190



Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Scenarios Episode 2: is an epic, open-ended, multi-player experiential learning adventure where participants become self sufficient exploring basic survival skills, learn to survive as a tribe as they explore their environment, and get to know their fellow players through shared adventures as they prepare themselves for the ultimate test – surviving a zombie invasion. Rich in creativity and filled with adventure, Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Program awaits its heroes and heroines. Whether your adventurer is a noble hero, a courageous warrior, a strong leader, a willing follower or a lone pilgrim, he or she is sure to advance, succeed, learn, grow and have an unforgettable adventure.

If your adventurer is 12-18 years old and has a learning disability, then start them on their quest to join Summer Scenarios today!

Adventurers enrolled at Brehm Preparatory School’s Summer Scenarios come with a variety of challenges to academic, social or emotional success including, but not limited to Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Nonverbal Learning Disability (NLD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder/Asperger’s Disorder, Communication Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorders, Processing and Memory Deficits, Tourette Syndrome, Anxiety, and Specific Learning Disability, which is defined as a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in an imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or to do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.

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Carbondale, Illinois



Camp Little Giant at Touch of Nature offer participants an eye-opening view of their own capabilities and the belief that they can increase their confidence and independence.

Camp Little Giant is our most popular summer residential program. CLG is located on the shore of Little Grassy Lake, near the Shawnee National Forest, with access to an outdoor playground full of adventure! Constant activity takes place at the camp’s boat dock, beach, arts and craft area, dining hall, and lodges.

Our philosophy is that the campers “can do.” We offer them an eye-opening view of their own capabilities and the belief that they can increase their confidence and independence.


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Southern Illinois University

Carbondale, Illinois


This summer day program is custom designed to service youth with challenges ranging from behavioral to mental (such as ADHD and ODD, or Asperger’s and Autism). We customize the program to meet each child’s specific needs based on their personal challenges and skill level.  Services offered are designed to sharpen skills ranging from educational to social and behavioral.

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North Aurora, Illinois


A year-round respite and recreational facility for individuals of all ages with disabilities. The camp provides opportunities for social and personal growth within a supportive environment. Campers learn to try a variety of creative and challenging activities and experience success. Campers develop enhanced self-esteem which carries over to work, home, or school environments. There are various programs throughout the year: Adult weeks, Youth Weeks, Travel Weeks and Respite Care Weekends


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Monticello, Illinois



Camp New Hope’s Respite Weekends are mini-camp experiences that not only allows the campers  time to build lifelong friendships, but also allows caregivers the respite time they need to recharge, knowing their loved one is being taken care of.

Participating individuals aged 8 and up come to Camp New Hope instead of respite workers coming to your home.

We hold our respite weekends twice a month from August to May.  We offer a variety of fun activities ranging from Arts and Crafts, Music, Indoor recreation games, Movie/popcorn night and Special guests during the weekend.  When the weather is warm, we also add in some swimming and playground time.  In the winter, if it snows, we play in the snow and make snow angels!

The campers come out on Friday evening and stay until Sunday morning.  We stay in the respite building which can house up to 14 boys and 14 girls, along with our counselors, cook and Program Director.  An RN is available for medication administration.

With Camp New Hope’s Weekend Respite Program, take time to reconnect with family members, spouses, and friends, or just take time for yourselves.

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1364 County Road 100 East

Neoga, IL 62447



Camp New Hope’s Summer Camp Program is an overnight week-long summer camp experience. Camp weeks are offered throughout June and July (with one week of day camp the week of July 4), each with a special theme, special guest performances, and custom-themed activities and foods.

Camp is filled with arts and crafts, music, and recreational activities, all adapted to individual campers’ needs. Swimming, boating, sports and tournaments, fishing, and nature education fill camp days. Evenings conclude with group activities such as games, sing-alongs, and stories and camp weeks culminate with an award ceremony for campers, parents, and families.

Camp New Hope’s Summer Camp lets special needs campers experience everyday activities such as slumber parties, camping, boating, and fishing, just like their non-disabled peers. Camp New Hope adapts activities to each camper instead of the individual adapting to the activity.

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1364 County Road 100 East

Neoga, IL 62447



Is a day camp for youth ages 13-22 who have developmental disabilities. A four- or eight-week session as well as full-day or half-day options. Fees for the camp vary depending on the selection. (i.e. full eight week session, five days a week for the full day) but I’ve included a link to our brochure which lists the options.


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280 Saunders Road

Deerfield, IL 60015


Performing arts program for individuals with disabilities ages 10-21. The Penguin Project utilizes a “peer mentor” system, linking each young artist with an age level peer who does not have a disability. The peer-mentors work side-by-side with their partners, assisting them throughout the entire rehearsal process and on stage. The mentors are responsible for knowing all of the lines, songs, and blocking of their partners. They are on-stage during the production, costumed to match or compliment their partners. They participate in the group production numbers, but are trained to remain “in the background” and provide direct assistance to their partner only as needed.

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Fondulac Park District Administration Building, 201 Veterans Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61611





The Community House full day summer camp has a long history of play based on summer fun! Many of our talented, energetic and safety minded staff are studying to be teachers and all of them look forward to making this a wonderful summer for your child.


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415 W. 8th Street

Hinsdale, IL 60521


Film & Multimedia Camp for Students with High-Functioning Autism


This camp was designed for students who enjoy the challenges of a specialty camp, but thrive when provided with additional support and a higher staff-to-student ratio.

Making movies is a social activity that encourages teamwork and builds social skills. Have Dreams FMMC (Film and Multi-Media Camp) will offer a wide range of activities that range from time in the computer lab, to hands-on camera exercises.

Activities will include:

  • Performing and directing actors
  • Using a tripod and “dolly” for camera movement
  • Learning basic video editing
  • Writing 1-page “script”
  • Prop making
  • Computer Animation (

The students will work in very small groups and will “round-robin” their roles. Each student will take their turn being the director and having the other team members assist as crew members and performers. They will each have the opportunity to be a performer, director, camera operator and crew member.

As complex as these activities may sound, we are doing activities based on preferences and comfort level. So when we say “script”, we’ll be talking about moments when a line or two needs to be spoken. How does it look on paper? How does it sound out loud? Unless a group becomes totally motivated, we won’t be memorizing lines or rehearing scenes with lots of dialogue.

One big highlight will be the “green screen” cloth in order to create movies in which we can create special effects. This entails layering our footage on top of stock video footage, which can create the effect of being in other places and worlds.

Our goal for each student is individualized. They will either create a very short movie (under between 1-3 minutes), or several stand-alone scenes.



Evanston, Illinois


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Contact: Donna Fenceroy-847.905.0702,


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