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  • Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs An Article By: Marci Hersh Summer camps tend to fill up fast so you need to get an early jump on your planning. Make sure that you’re doing plenty of research in the winter months so that your child doesn’t miss out on a great opportunity. There are so many types of camps including: sleep-away camps, day camps, religion based camps, camps specifically for special needs, focused camps (like art or music) and many more… To read the rest of this awesome article go to:
  • Autism Summerpalooza! It is a FREE day camp for children with autism and their families at Patriot R&R located at the foothills of Mt. Cheaha. July 28, 2012. EMAIL to receive a registration package. Register as soon as possible for this great event fills up. Time: July 28, 2012 all day, Location: Patriot R&R located at the foothills of Mt. Cheaha
  • ASB Summer Camp Alabama School for the Blind hosts an annual week-long summer camp for students who are blind or vision impaired ages 6-16 residing in Alabama who do not currently attend ASB. Alabama School for the Blind, P. O. Box 698, Talladega, AL 35161 or (256) 761-3260
  • ASD Summer Camp Alabama School for the Deaf hosts an annual week-long summer camp for students with hearing loss ages 6-16 residing in Alabama who do not currently attend ASD. Alabama School for the Deaf, P. O. Box 698, Talladega, AL 35161 or call (256) 761-3246.
  • Be Ready Camp Would you like your children or students to develop leadership skills? Then checkout Alabama’s Be Ready Camp! This innovate and unique program offers children an opportunity to learn about disaster preparedness, participate in a full scale mock disaster, and meet new people. Be Ready Camp, located at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL, is a five day full immersion residential camp promoting citizen preparedness and participation among sixth graders in Alabama. The application process is open to all learners, but participant selection will be based on a competitive process, as applicants must choose from an essay, video, or poster submission and be in the sixth grade during September 2012. The camp is free to all selected participants, but transportation is the responsibility of the participant’s parents/guardians. If you are interested, please contact Marguerite Long at 334 -954-7451 or
  • Camp ASCCA 5278 Camp ASCCA Dr Jacksons Gap, AL 36861 Phone: 256-825-9226 FAX: 256-825-8332 Toll Free: 1-800-THE-CAMP (AL only)
  • Camp Autism Smiles (CAS) – A Camp for Children with Autism and their
  • Camp Bridges includes a week-long teen camp, a young adult camp, a family camp, and a camp for children who receive life-sustaining dialysis treatments for chronic kidney failure. The Teen Camp is for children ages 13 to 18 who have received heart, lung, liver or kidney transplants. Family Camp is a weekend camp for children ages 12 and younger and their families. The camp also takes patients who are awaiting transplantation and their families, so they can spend time with children who are already living with a transplant. Dialysis Camp is for critically ill children ages 6 to 18 who suffer from kidney disease. Camp BRIDGES Foundation 1600 7th Avenue South, ACC 516, Birmingham, Alabama 35233 • 205-558-2090
  • Camp Candlelight at Camp ASSCCA, sponsored by The Epilepsy Foundation is a camp for children diagnosed with epilepsy.
  • Camp Clot Not sponsored by the HBDA (Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of   HBDA, INC. 151 Market Place, Montgomery, AL  36117 (334) 277-9446 or (855) 4MY-HBDA (469-4232)
  • Camp Inclusion July 23-26, 2012 Ages 6-17 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday $30.00 for Lakeshore Foundation members and $40.00 for non-members Contact: Lori Watkins Phone: 205-313-7429 Lakeshore Foundation 4000 Ridgeway Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209  
  • Camp Jared is a day camp that allows the child to participate in horseback riding, fishing, and learning about horse safety and behavior.  Thanks to generous sponsors and volunteers, the camp is free to qualified participants. Camps are typically held on Saturdays from 8:30 am until 2:00 pm.  For information on specific dates and times call (205) 516-1379 or Camp Jared is held at Equine Co. of Alabama in Saginaw, Alabama near Alabaster off of I-65 South.
  • Camp JAWS July 16 – 19, 2012 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Ages: 6-19 Cost: $30 for members; $40 for non-members Lunch will be provided *Scholarships available for those who qualify Contact: Mary Allison Milford Lakeshore Foundation 4000 Ridgeway Dr. Birmingham, AL 35209 205.313.7464
  • Camp McDowell Special Session is a summer camp session for people with mental and physical disabilities from ages 8 to 80. It has been a part of the ministry of Camp McDowell since 1998. The 2013 session is July 1-6 105 Delong Rd | Nauvoo,  AL 35578 (205) 387-1806
  • Camp Shocco for the Deaf has two camps for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. One for children between the ages of 8 & 13 and another for ages 14 to senior in the fall. Shocco Springs, Talladega, AL Contact: Chad Fleming 256-485-4494 or
  • Camp Smile Camp SMILE c/o United Cerebral Palsy Mobile 3058 Dauphin Square Connector Mobile, AL 36607 Cecy Lowell Camp Co-Director Phone: 251-338-3359
  • CampUs at Samford University is a new respite day-camp for children with more significant disabilities. To be added to their list-serve email
  • Camp V.I.P. (Victory, Independence, Possibilities) is the Spina Bifida Association of Alabama’s weekend family camp. It is a fun-filled weekend packed with activities such as adaptive water skiing (Adaptive Aquatics instructors), tubing, fishing, swimming, canoeing, and many other incredible opportunities. There is also an educational aspect to each camp. For more information visit
  • Camp WheezeAway  Kids age 8-12 suffering from moderate to severe asthma can apply for this FREE summer camp program offered at YMCA Camp Chandler.  Kids experience all the fun of summer camp while learning confidence building skills in asthma management from medical professionals. YMCA Camp Chandler PO Box 2336 Montgomery, AL 36102 Joanne Williams Phone: (334)229-0035
  • Chara, located at 351 Canyon Park Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124, is a year round program serving adults with intellectual disabilities. Chara specializes in social and leisure activites and life skills training. Open Monday through Friday 6:30am until 6:00pm. Summer camp is offered for high school students. 205-358-8666
  • Child’s Play Therapy Center Summer Camps For more information on Summer Camps, please contact our office at 205-978-9939 or go to
  • EMPOWER is a Therapeutic Recreation program offered through the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department for individuals in Shelby County with mental and/or physical disabilities.   Programs are designed to meet the following goals-   Social: Increase appropriate socialization skills and foster friendships. Physical: Develop maximum physical abilities through participation in individual and team recreation. Life Skills: Increase money management, problem solving and decision making skills through various community outings. Independence: Gain skills and experiences that increase one’s self esteem, judgment and abilities All participants are required to have a $25.00 annual membership with Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department. All programs are designed and supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. If there are areas you would like to see addressed, or you have additional questions, please feel free to contact: Alicia Walters, CTRS email: Phone: 205-664-6840
  • Exceptional Foundation 1616 Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, AL 35209 (205)870 0776 Fax (205) 871-2555 The Exceptional Foundation is a non-profit organization with a year-round calendar of programs. Offers Summer Day Camp for ages 5 and up.  Contact  Ginny Bastar, Program Director, for enrollment information.
  • Inclusion Camp brought to you by Lakeshore Foundation is a 4 day camp with hours typically running from 9am-3pm. Activities vary each year. 205.313.7429
  • Light the Way Vent Camp is a camp for children that use a ventilator via a trach and who live in Alabama, It is a family camp held at Children’s Harbor and is hosted by Vent Kids of Alabama. Kara Bishop 205-370-9605
  • Mitchell’s Place Summer Camp Sandra Naramore 205-957-0294 High functioning Autism, Asperger’s and/or PDD/NOS
  • SCIVIS – Space Camp for Interested Visually Impaired Students U.S. Space & Rocket Center, 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805 304-822-4883 304-851-5680 Variety of week-long camps for visually impaired students taking place at the US Space and Rocket Center. Register online. Financial assistance is available.
  • Sea Stars – Discovery Hall Programs Dauphin Island, AL 36528 251-861-2141 x7515 251-861-7421 Weekend buddy camp for children under the age of 18 with developmental disabilities. Paired with their guardians, campers will explore the wonderful marine world of the Gulf of Mexico in a hands-on and fun atmosphere. For more information and to register go to:
  • Special Connections Camp Briarwood is a Christian camp for boys and girls with disabilities. One-week sessions at Day Camp and Overnight Camp are available. Each special camper is included in a camp group with typically-developing peers. The camper is assigned his/her own counselor for the week. The counselor provides needed support for the camper to participate in the full range of activities. Special Connections Camp Briarwood has included children with disabilities for almost 20 years.   For more information, call the Special Connections staff at 776-5291 or visit
  • Special Connections Super Summer is a weekly program for children with disabilities, ages 5 to 11. Every Wednesday there are different activities including sensory play, crafts, swimming, nature trips, etc. Each child is assigned his/her own counselor for the day. Space is limited. Contact June Cork at 824-3304.
  • The Center for Courageous Kids, also known as CCK, is a world class medical camp located in Scottsville, KY, serving children and families from across the country who are living with a variety of medical challenges. 1501 Burnley Road, Scottsville, KY 42164 270-618-2900
  • The Horizons School Summer Transition Program High School Ahead is a 2 week program. Social Skills, Career Skills, Self Determination, Personal Development Skills 205-322-6606 or via email 2018 15th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35205, 205-322-6606, Fax 205-322-6605,, Facebook @ The Horizons School, Birmingham, AL
  • UCP Summer Camp Program Mondays- Fridays from 8:30AM-5:30PM starting Monday, June 7thand ending Friday, July 16th Summer Camp Program for students with disabilities ages 16-21. UCP will screen applicants and accept 15 students for this camp. There will be 1 teacher and two aides assigned to the group of campers. Campers cannot exhibit aggressive behavior and any behaviors must be considered manageable by UCP Director. *Curriculum will consist of a combination of Daily Living Skills, Vocational Training, Community Outings and Recreation. UCP 101 Oslo Circle Birmingham, AL 35211 205-943-5204
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