Camps for Kids with Special Needs

Camps for Kids with Special Needs

There really is nothing quite like summer camp.  Although fresh lake swimming and archery and long hikes through cathedrals of trees strike vivid memories, you can ask almost anyone who has attended a summer camp what their number one memory was and more likely than not they will talk about the people...the connections built around the laughter at a campfire or the whispered chatter of bedtime.  For children with special needs, summer camps are the perfect time to make connections with peers who share the same highs and lows of their everyday walk.  Summer camps specific to a special need can also provide much needed respite for care givers. 

The following is a list of summer camps available around the country for children with special needs. Please note, camp schedules may vary from year to year. Your best bet it to contact the organization directly for specific questions regarding locations and dates for the current year.  

Albinism: NOAH Family Camp

Autism: Autism Speaks

Blind or Visually Impaired: Christian Record-Services for the Blind

Burn: International Association of Burn Camps

Cerebral Palsy: Easter Seals 

Craniofacial Conditions: Cleft Palate Foundation

Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH): CARES Foundation

Congenital Heart Defect (CHD): Summer Camps

Crohn's and Colitis: Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

Down Syndrome: Down Syndrome Foundation

Dwarfism: Camp Little People

Epilepsy: Epilepsy Foundation

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: National Organization of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Hearing Loss: Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center

Hemophilia: National Helophilia Foundation

HIV/AIDS:  Summer Camps

Hydrocephalus: Hydrocephalus Association

Limb Difference: Summer Camps

Spina Bifida: Spina Bifida Association

Skin Conditions: American Academy of Dermatology

Thalassemia:  Painted Turtle Camp

Turner Syndrome: Turner Syndrome Foundation

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