Camps for Children with Special Needs

Description: Residential or day camp facilities that are appropriately staffed and equipped to provide an opportunity for children or adults who have developmental disabilities, emotional disturbances or health impairments, or who have other limitations or problems which require special facilities or programming, to enjoy a cooperative indoor and/or outdoor living experience. (AIRS PL-6400.1500-850)

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RI

Chepachet, RI

PO Box 353
Chepachet, RI 02814
Phone: 401-567-8914
Address: PO Box 353
Chepachet, RI 02814
Phone: 401-567-8914
Email: jim@campruggles.com
Eligibility: Incorporated in 1974, Camp Ruggles remains Rhode Island’s only therapeutic summer day camp program for children, ages 6-12, who are clinically diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities.
Services Provided: Camp Ruggles strives to enhance camper skills in the following areas:






Camp Ruggles, Inc.

✦ Verbal communication with peers/adults

✦ Verbal expression of frustration without physical contact

✦ Dealing with peer pressure (bullying, embarrassment, etc)

✦ Following specific safety rules

✦ Following directions (preferred and non-preferred, simple and multi-step)

✦ Taking turns

✦ Accepting responsibility for personal actions (realizing your choices affect others)

✦ Willingness to try new things (getting over fears and challenging oneself)

✦ Taking on new responsibility (counselor in training, helping other groups, role models for others)

✦ Asking for assistance appropriately (learning to accept help from peers and adults, opening up, trusting others)

✦ Mastering individual and group skills that build trust and mutual dependence

✦ Enjoying success in physical skill building that can be used for a lifetime

✦ Preparing for the challenges associated with the teen years and beyond
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2019

Coventry, RI

75 Centre of New England Blvd
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2775
Address: 75 Centre of New England Blvd
Coventry, RI 02816
Phone: 401-615-2775
Eligibility: This summer program serves as an extension to the public school calendar for students with academic, cognitive, social/emotional, behavioral and/or developmental disabilities between the ages of 3-21. The program is designed to carry out IEP goals of a traditional classroom setting with generalization into the community. It is ideal for students who are looking to supplement their extended school year services or who are looking for a different and exciting opportunity in the summer!
Services Provided: PROGRAM ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
Foundations in behavior analysis
IEP implementation
Inclusion activities with typical peers
1:1 staffing ratios
Boating, swimming, hiking, arts and crafts, and outdoor sports
Community trips: water parks, beaches, museums, aquariums, state parks, etc.
Provider Profiles: Pathways Pioneers Summer Camp is coordinated in conjunction with the YMCA of Camp Westwood in Coventry, RI.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2019

Johnston, RI

1386 Atwood Ave Unit 4,
Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401-339-3435
Address: 1386 Atwood Ave Unit 4,
Johnston, RI 02919
Phone: 401-339-3435
Services Provided: Our summer camp can provide the solution to keep everyone happy. Kids get to attend a fun summer camp that keeps them active and gives them plenty of activities to do while making new friends and connecting with old ones. You get the reassurance of knowing that your kids are learning respect, discipline, and self-control, all of which will help them when they go back to school in the fall.
Provider Profiles: Susan Ricchiuti will give you all the information needed and set up an intake/meet and greet with some of the summer staff to give you a true sense of what the camp offers. Many locations have students in their classes that have Autism and other developmental disabilities and the staff have received training to be sure they can help everyone thrive in each of the classes.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2019

Providence, RI

1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-785-3510 x394
Address: 1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI
Phone: 401-785-3510 x394
Toll Free Phone: 02907
Email: programs@rwpzoo.org
Services Provided: There is an inclusion specialist on staff for summer camp who will speak with each family to find out the needs of each child to be sure that camp will be a fun and successful time. Call Beth Capporelli in the education department at 783-5310 ext 394 for any questions you may have. There will be an open house to come and view the camp and the places that the children will be going and a social story will also be available. There are scholarships available for those with Autism to help defray the camp cost.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/15/2019

Westerly, RI

95 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-596-2894
Address: 95 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Phone: 401-596-2894
Email: dballantyne@oceancommunityymca.org
Services Provided: Toni’s Kids
Be one of Toni’s Kids at Camp Watchaug! Toni’s Kids is an integration initiative designed to provide support for children with emotional and developmental challenges so that they can participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. Toni’s Kids receive the benefit of modifications to camp activities, greater support by trained counselors and a smaller ratio of campers to staff members. Toni’s Kids participate in all regular activities and learn the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility with fellow campers. The Toni’s Kids Initiative enhances mutual respect among individuals of all abilities and helps every camper establish positive relationships and build lifelong social skills. Contact Danita Ballantyne, Camp Director, to coordinate specific services to fully support your child’s camp experience .
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2019

Nationwide

Address:
Email: director@eccri.org
Eligibility: * Campers with some special needs have been part of our regular sessions for years, and are still invited to participate as they have before. This camp is designed for young people who might not able to attend a regular camp session.
Services Provided: Bridge Camp is open to individuals with special needs of all ages July 2 - 5 (Tuesday - Friday) We are so excited to once again offer this integrated camp for teenagers and campers with special needs.* High school students are invited to come and serve as "helper campers" and will be paired with special needs campers for a truly wonderful camp experience. Counselors and trained adults will be available for support throughout this camp which takes place over a long weekend. Parents and friends of children or young adults with special needs should contact Meaghan at director@eccri.org for more information.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/8/2019

MA

Vineyard Haven, MA

Address: P.O. Box 1357
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-560-8450
Email: info@campjabberwocky.org
Eligibility: children through adults
Wheelchair Accessible: non electric wheelchairs
Services Provided: Summer Camp- Campers stay between one and four weeks during which they enjoy activities and classes on campus and out and about in the community of Martha’s Vineyard.
Family Camp-Camp Jabberwocky provides families with a child with disabilities the opportunity to participate in camp for a long weekend at our Family Camp!
Provider Profiles: At Jabberwocky, people with different abilities form the majority in the community. Their needs become priority needs; their concerns become concerns. And in this age, when cultural and individual sense of belonging is waning, a community that works is a light of hope.


The goal and purpose of Family Camp weekend is to share the love and joy of Camp Jabberwocky.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/13/2019

ME

Portland, ME

81 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: 207-805-4155
Address: 81 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Phone: 207-805-4155
Email: emily@campalsing.com
Eligibility: High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other social communication challenges.
Services Provided: Camp Alsing, located in Unity, ME, is a premier co-ed residential summer camp for children with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other social communication challenges.
Camp Alsing’s specially trained staff guide children, ages 9-17, to develop connections and expand their boundaries in a traditional camp setting.

At Camp Alsing, we help your child explore, grow, and soar.
Original Source: Rhode Island Dept of Health, Office of Special Needs
Last Updated: 3/5/2019