Ontario Special Needs Summer Camp Listing

 

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Website: http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/Niagara/Summer+Camp Location: Niagara Region Ages: 5-21 years old diagnosed with Classic Autism, or 5-12 years old diagnosed with High Functioning Autism Price:  Please contact them directly. Registration: https://aoniagara.campbrainregistration.com Info:  Campers range from ages 5-21 years old diagnosed with Classic Autism, or 5-12 years old diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. The groups are kept separate for the majority of the day, coming together for daily swimming excursions as well as weekly outings (i.e. parks, zoos, etc.). Each parent is able to register their child for up to two weeks of camp, with more weeks available depending upon registration numbers.   

Website: http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/Niagara/Summer+Camp
Location: Niagara Region
Ages: 5-21 years old diagnosed with Classic Autism, or 5-12 years old diagnosed with High Functioning Autism
Price:  Please contact them directly.
Registration: https://aoniagara.campbrainregistration.com
Info:  Campers range from ages 5-21 years old diagnosed with Classic Autism, or 5-12 years old diagnosed with High Functioning Autism. The groups are kept separate for the majority of the day, coming together for daily swimming excursions as well as weekly outings (i.e. parks, zoos, etc.). Each parent is able to register their child for up to two weeks of camp, with more weeks available depending upon registration numbers. 

 

Website: http://www.bayviewglendaycamp.com/sunshine.html Location: 275 Duncan Mill Road Toronto Ages: 2-14 Info:  Sunshine Program - For boys and girls with special needs Supporting the integration of campers with special needs is one of our core philosophies. The Director and Sunshine Coordinator will meet with the parents to review each camper's specific needs. We will then create and implement a program and support system for your child. This ensures a successful integration and a rewarding camp experience for all of our campers and staff. If, as in some instances, the support required exceeds our standard level of supervision, there will be an additional fee for any extra support provided. Bayview Glen Day Camp has proudly aligned with Jacob's Ladder. Each year Jacob's Ladder climbs higher and hopes to get closer to finding cures for neurodegenerative illnesses. Jacob has been attending Bayview Glen Day Camp as a camper for five years now. While having the time of his life, little did he know that he was changing the lives of others as well. Please visit www.jacobsladder.ca for more information.

Website: http://www.bayviewglendaycamp.com/sunshine.html
Location: 275 Duncan Mill Road Toronto
Ages: 2-14
Info:  Sunshine Program - For boys and girls with special needs

Supporting the integration of campers with special needs is one of our core philosophies.

The Director and Sunshine Coordinator will meet with the parents to review each camper's specific needs. We will then create and implement a program and support system for your child. This ensures a successful integration and a rewarding camp experience for all of our campers and staff.

If, as in some instances, the support required exceeds our standard level of supervision, there will be an additional fee for any extra support provided.

Bayview Glen Day Camp has proudly aligned with Jacob's Ladder. Each year Jacob's Ladder climbs higher and hopes to get closer to finding cures for neurodegenerative illnesses. Jacob has been attending Bayview Glen Day Camp as a camper for five years now. While having the time of his life, little did he know that he was changing the lives of others as well. Please visit www.jacobsladder.ca for more information.

Website: http://campawakening.com Location: 150 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON Ages:  9-18 years with physical disabilities Price:  http://campawakening.com/home/summer-camp/ Info: Camp Awakening is a registered charity providing integrated summer camp; leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities.   We serve children and youth between 9-18 years of age. Camp Awakening is not a place, but a variety of programs integrated with mainstream camps across the province of Ontario. Our campers & program participants have a wide range of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, juvenile arthritis, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, vision loss and amputation. Information about the Leadership Retreat for young adults 19-24 years with physical disabilities: http://campawakening.com/home/leadership-retreat/  

Website: http://campawakening.com
Location: 150 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, ON
Ages:  9-18 years with physical disabilities
Price:  http://campawakening.com/home/summer-camp/
Info: Camp Awakening is a registered charity providing integrated summer camp; leadership & outdoor recreation programs for youth with physical disabilities.  

We serve children and youth between 9-18 years of age.

Camp Awakening is not a place, but a variety of programs integrated with mainstream camps across the province of Ontario.

Our campers & program participants have a wide range of disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, juvenile arthritis, epilepsy, spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, vision loss and amputation.

Information about the Leadership Retreat for young adults 19-24 years with physical disabilities: http://campawakening.com/home/leadership-retreat/

 

Website:  http://www.campconcord.ca/ Location: R.R. #1, McArthur's Mills, ON Ages: 7 and up Price:  http://www.campconcord.ca/Concord/Dates_%26_Fees.html Contact: info@campconcord.ca Info: Concord is looking for campers with intellectual, behavioural, and communication disabilities aged 7 and up. Concord is looking for campers that are excited about making and keeping friends, who want to build their social skills, gain confidence and have a summer of laughs and fond memories.  Camp Concord works hand in hand with Cedar Ridge Camp, sharing the grounds near Beautiful Bancroft Ontario.  Concord’s cabins and activities are independently run, with the opportunity to join the Cedar Ridge for non-competitive activity based events.  Concord provides a safe environment for campers to learn, grow and have fun. We pride ourselves in meeting every new camper and family before coming to camp to ensure proper placement in cabins and activities. We will design your camper’s individualized program around their interests. It’s also great to make a connection and to see a familiar face on the first day of camp. We’ll be there to lend an ear or give a high five!

Website:  http://www.campconcord.ca/
Location: R.R. #1, McArthur's Mills, ON
Ages: 7 and up
Price:  http://www.campconcord.ca/Concord/Dates_%26_Fees.html
Contact: info@campconcord.ca
Info: 
Concord is looking for campers with intellectual, behavioural, and communication disabilities aged 7 and up.

Concord is looking for campers that are excited about making and keeping friends, who want to build their social skills, gain confidence and have a summer of laughs and fond memories.  Camp Concord works hand in hand with Cedar Ridge Camp, sharing the grounds near Beautiful Bancroft Ontario.  Concord’s cabins and activities are independently run, with the opportunity to join the Cedar Ridge for non-competitive activity based events. 

Concord provides a safe environment for campers to learn, grow and have fun. We pride ourselves in meeting every new camper and family before coming to camp to ensure proper placement in cabins and activities. We will design your camper’s individualized program around their interests. It’s also great to make a connection and to see a familiar face on the first day of camp. We’ll be there to lend an ear or give a high five!

Website: https://camp-dawn.squarespace.com/ Location: Rainbow Lake, in Waterford, Ontario, southwest of Brantford Ages: 18 years and older Price: https://camp-dawn.squarespace.com/camper-information/ Info:  Camp Dawn is a registered charity which operates a 4 day camping retreat for adult survivors of an acquired brain injury. Camp is held each September at Rainbow Lake in Waterford Ontario (Camp Trillium).  Camp Dawn is a camping experience for adult survivors of acquired brain injury living in South western Ontario.  The purpose of the camp is to provide survivors with an opportunity to develop independence and social skills in an outdoor, recreational environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle. For an individual living with the effects of a brain injury, life can present new and difficult daily challenges. Such challenges may affect everything from performing simple daily tasks, to forming and maintaining social relationships, to pursuing recreational opportunities. While every day may present challenges,Camp Dawn is offered to provide the opportunity for new adventures and new ways of doing things.  It was with this thought that the slogan “With every dawn a new path is found” was adopted.

Website: https://camp-dawn.squarespace.com/
Location: Rainbow Lake, in Waterford, Ontario, southwest of Brantford
Ages: 18 years and older
Price: https://camp-dawn.squarespace.com/camper-information/
Info:  Camp Dawn is a registered charity which operates a 4 day camping retreat for adult survivors of an acquired brain injury. Camp is held each September at Rainbow Lake in Waterford Ontario (Camp Trillium). 

Camp Dawn is a camping experience for adult survivors of acquired brain injury living in South western Ontario.  The purpose of the camp is to provide survivors with an opportunity to develop independence and social skills in an outdoor, recreational environment that promotes a healthy lifestyle. For an individual living with the effects of a brain injury, life can present new and difficult daily challenges. Such challenges may affect everything from performing simple daily tasks, to forming and maintaining social relationships, to pursuing recreational opportunities. While every day may present challenges,Camp Dawn is offered to provide the opportunity for new adventures and new ways of doing things.  It was with this thought that the slogan “With every dawn a new path is found” was adopted.

Website:  http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Banting.aspx Location:  Maberly, ON Ages:  The Overnight Camp is for children and youth aged 7-15 Price: http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Banting.aspx Info: Founded in 1953, Camp Banting was the first summer camp in Canada for children living with type 1 diabetes and as such is the oldest running camp of the Canadian Diabetes Association. Camp Banting’s Overnight Camp can accommodate 66 campers while the Leadership Development Program accepts 12 participants for LDP1 and 10 participants for LDP2. Campers participate in activities that inspire personal growth, encourage team-building and foster an appreciation of the outdoors such as: swimming, hiking, canoeing, ropes course challenges, arts and crafts, and sports. Campers sleep in their cabin groups and are supervised by two counsellors.  These cabins are located near each other which helps to foster the sense of community while at camp. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp.

Website:  http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Banting.aspx
Location:  Maberly, ON
Ages:  The Overnight Camp is for children and youth aged 7-15
Price: http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Banting.aspx

Info: Founded in 1953, Camp Banting was the first summer camp in Canada for children living with type 1 diabetes and as such is the oldest running camp of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
Camp Banting’s Overnight Camp can accommodate 66 campers while the Leadership Development Program accepts 12 participants for LDP1 and 10 participants for LDP2.
Campers participate in activities that inspire personal growth, encourage team-building and foster an appreciation of the outdoors such as: swimming, hiking, canoeing, ropes course challenges, arts and crafts, and sports.
Campers sleep in their cabin groups and are supervised by two counsellors.  These cabins are located near each other which helps to foster the sense of community while at camp.
Parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp.

Website:  http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Discovery.aspx Location: London, Ontario Ages: 8-16 years; diabetes Info: Camp Discovery was founded in 2004 and has since been a leading overnight camp for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. After almost a decade at its original site, Camp Discovery moved to Easter Seals Camp Woodeden on the western outskirts of London, Ont.   Since its inception, Camp Discovery has been strongly supported by medical staff in southeastern Ontario, especially from the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.    Camp Discovery is for children and youth between the ages of 7 and 16. To complement its Overnight Camp, Camp Discovery also offers a Leadership Development Program. Camp Discovery is held at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden in London, Ontario and overlooks the Thames River. 

Website:  http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Discovery.aspx
Location: London, Ontario
Ages: 8-16 years; diabetes
Info: Camp Discovery was founded in 2004 and has since been a leading overnight camp for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes. After almost a decade at its original site, Camp Discovery moved to Easter Seals Camp Woodeden on the western outskirts of London, Ont.
 
Since its inception, Camp Discovery has been strongly supported by medical staff in southeastern Ontario, especially from the Children’s Hospital at London Health Sciences Centre.
  
Camp Discovery is for children and youth between the ages of 7 and 16. To complement its Overnight Camp, Camp Discovery also offers a Leadership Development Program. Camp Discovery is held at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden in London, Ontario and overlooks the Thames River. 

Website:   http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Huronda.aspx Location: Huntsville, Ontario Ages: 7-16 years; diabetes Info: Camp Huronda was founded in 1964. For seven years, Camp Huronda rented space at Camp Beausoleil and Camp Couchiching before finding a permanent home on Lake Waseosa in 1971, at the previous site of Camp Waseosa. Camp Huronda is the only camp facility owned by the Canadian Diabetes Association and the only camp that runs a full summer program.   Camp Huronda is located on the shores of Lake Waseosa in Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka area. It occupies 100 acres of land and includes gorgeous waterfront areas, a cool forest, and rugged hiking and mountain bike trails.

Website:   http://www.dcamps.ca/Summer-Camps/Camp-Huronda.aspx
Location: Huntsville, Ontario
Ages: 7-16 years; diabetes
Info: Camp Huronda was founded in 1964. For seven years, Camp Huronda rented space at Camp Beausoleil and Camp Couchiching before finding a permanent home on Lake Waseosa in 1971, at the previous site of Camp Waseosa. Camp Huronda is the only camp facility owned by the Canadian Diabetes Association and the only camp that runs a full summer program.
 
Camp Huronda is located on the shores of Lake Waseosa in Ontario’s beautiful Muskoka area. It occupies 100 acres of land and includes gorgeous waterfront areas, a cool forest, and rugged hiking and mountain bike trails.

Website: http://campkennebec.com Location: Arden, ON Ages: 6 and Up Price:  http://campkennebec.com/summer-2016-camp-dates-and-fees/     Camp Registration: http://campkennebec.com/camp-registration/         Info: Welcome to Camp Kennebec, a wonderful summer camp for kids and teens with special needs, learning disabilities, and developmental delays including autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome, OCD, brain injury, anxiety, social skill and other challenges. Each summer, Kennebecers have a great time and accomplish more than they expect. They create the fabulous summer camp memories they deserve. We’re looking forward to welcoming your son or daughter to camp this summer.

Website: http://campkennebec.com
Location: Arden, ON
Ages: 6 and Up
Price:  http://campkennebec.com/summer-2016-camp-dates-and-fees/    
Camp Registration: http://campkennebec.com/camp-registration/        
Info: Welcome to Camp Kennebec, a wonderful summer camp for kids and teens with special needs, learning disabilities, and developmental delays including autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, ADD, Down Syndrome, OCD, brain injury, anxiety, social skill and other challenges. Each summer, Kennebecers have a great time and accomplish more than they expect. They create the fabulous summer camp memories they deserve. We’re looking forward to welcoming your son or daughter to camp this summer.

Website: http://www.campkirk.com/ Location: Kirkfield, Ontario Ages: 6-14 Price: http://www.campkirk.com/fees-and-dates.html Camp Registration: http://www.campkirk.com/apply.html Info:  A positive overnight camping experience could mean the difference between succeeding and struggling in life. Why? Because summer camp is the most effective place to build and develop social skills, confidence, and friendships- all of which are vital to a child's development. With a very high staff to camper ratio (32 to 36), we offer a very nurturing, supportive and non-competitive environment. This allows us to emphasize our campers’ strengths, rather than their challenges, and offers the kids with as many opportunities to shine as possible.

Website: http://www.campkirk.com/
Location: Kirkfield, Ontario
Ages: 6-14
Price: http://www.campkirk.com/fees-and-dates.html
Camp Registration: http://www.campkirk.com/apply.html
Info:  A positive overnight camping experience could mean the difference between succeeding and struggling in life. Why? Because summer camp is the most effective place to build and develop social skills, confidence, and friendships- all of which are vital to a child's development.

With a very high staff to camper ratio (32 to 36), we offer a very nurturing, supportive and non-competitive environment. This allows us to emphasize our campers’ strengths, rather than their challenges, and offers the kids with as many opportunities to shine as possible.

Website: http://www.campkodiak.com/ Location: McKellar, Ontario Ages: 6-18 Price: http://www.campkodiak.com/#!dates--rates/cwuo Info: Camp Kodiak is a unique, integrated, non-competitive program for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and High-Functioning Asperger Syndrome. All camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem.  We achieve this by carefully structuring all of our activities to ensure success.  Teaching is done by skilled instructors who break tasks down into manageable chunks and present them in a logical sequence. 

Website: http://www.campkodiak.com/
Location: McKellar, Ontario
Ages: 6-18
Price: http://www.campkodiak.com/#!dates--rates/cwuo
Info: Camp Kodiak is a unique, integrated, non-competitive program for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and High-Functioning Asperger Syndrome.
All camp activities are planned with a view to teaching skills, building confidence and improving self-esteem.  We achieve this by carefully structuring all of our activities to ensure success.  Teaching is done by skilled instructors who break tasks down into manageable chunks and present them in a logical sequence. 

Website: http://cyo.on.ca/campmarydale/camp-marydale/ Location: Mount Hope, Ontario Register Here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CYOCampMarydale Info:  Since 1963, Camp Marydale offers boys and girls a fun-filled summer experience. Each camper will learn new skills, make new friends and develop an appreciation of nature as a creation of God. Our goal is to provide our campers with fun, new experiences! Each day, campers will have an hour of group time, a division game/activity, an hour of swimming, a camper choice activity, as well as, one of our core programs. Please note that different age groups use different programming areas and equipment, to ensure they are having age appropriate fun and challenges throughout their time at Marydale. Marydale Park is found minutes from the heart of Hamilton and runs adjacent to the Binbrook Conservation area.The C.Y.O. has made it our mission to break down barriers, fully integrating all children despite their financial situation, religious or ethnic background, or ability.

Website: http://cyo.on.ca/campmarydale/camp-marydale/
Location: Mount Hope, Ontario
Register Here: https://campscui.active.com/orgs/CYOCampMarydale
Info:  Since 1963, Camp Marydale offers boys and girls a fun-filled summer experience. Each camper will learn new skills, make new friends and develop an appreciation of nature as a creation of God. Our goal is to provide our campers with fun, new experiences!

Each day, campers will have an hour of group time, a division game/activity, an hour of swimming, a camper choice activity, as well as, one of our core programs. Please note that different age groups use different programming areas and equipment, to ensure they are having age appropriate fun and challenges throughout their time at Marydale.

Marydale Park is found minutes from the heart of Hamilton and runs adjacent to the Binbrook Conservation area.The C.Y.O. has made it our mission to break down barriers, fully integrating all children despite their financial situation, religious or ethnic background, or ability.

Website: http://misquah.com/ Location: Camp Misquah operates on Lac Bitobi near Gracefield, Québec. Ages: people with developmental disabilities of all ages Register: http://misquah.com/register Info: The spectacular setting of Camp Misquah provides a natural location for a wide range of fun and stimulating activities. These are designed to develop the camper’s recreation and living skills. Large grassy fields are available for sports of all kinds. The sand bottom lake and large beach allow for great swimming (with lesson), fishing, canoeing and pedal boating. Nearby forests and hills are perfect for nature hikes. Other activities include music, dances, crafts and movie and talent nights. The best way to meet our guest’s special needs is to provide professional, caring staff members. For that reason, the camper-counselor ratio is kept at 2:1. Staff are chosen for their experience, skills, and maturity. Many staff members are bilingual and in addition are instructed in basic sign language, first aid, behaviour management as well as search and rescue. The waterfront staff are NLS certified.

Website: http://misquah.com/
Location: Camp Misquah operates on Lac Bitobi near Gracefield, Québec.
Ages: people with developmental disabilities of all ages
Register: http://misquah.com/register
Info: The spectacular setting of Camp Misquah provides a natural location for a wide range of fun and stimulating activities. These are designed to develop the camper’s recreation and living skills. Large grassy fields are available for sports of all kinds. The sand bottom lake and large beach allow for great swimming (with lesson), fishing, canoeing and pedal boating. Nearby forests and hills are perfect for nature hikes. Other activities include music, dances, crafts and movie and talent nights.

The best way to meet our guest’s special needs is to provide professional, caring staff members. For that reason, the camper-counselor ratio is kept at 2:1. Staff are chosen for their experience, skills, and maturity. Many staff members are bilingual and in addition are instructed in basic sign language, first aid, behaviour management as well as search and rescue. The waterfront staff are NLS certified.

Website: http://www.campprospect.com/ Location: Utopia, Ontario Price: http://www.campprospect.com/service.php?id=4 Registration: http://www.campprospect.com/quote.php?service=Registration%20and%20Transportation#form Info: Camp Prospect runs three camps every year for children and adults with special needs. We run a one week camp session over the Winter and March Breaks and a 5-6 week summer camp each summer. Each camp week is open to campers of all ages with varying special needs. Campers are split up internally into groups best suited to their support needs, age group and are placed with peers who will enjoy the same types of activities. Camp Prospect was established in 1998 at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre. The program originally ran as a 4 week summer camp for children and adults with special needs. After the first summer, there was a recognized need for more programs throughout the year. Christmas and March Break programs were added, as well as occasional weekends. Camp Prospect then expanded and opened its first year round program. This was the Cottage Program, which was a year round respite home, situated on the Mansfield property. The summer of 2010 Camp Prospect moved to a new property in Utopia, Ontario and has been running camp programs from that location ever since.

Website: http://www.campprospect.com/
Location: Utopia, Ontario
Price: http://www.campprospect.com/service.php?id=4
Registration: http://www.campprospect.com/quote.php?service=Registration%20and%20Transportation#form
Info: Camp Prospect runs three camps every year for children and adults with special needs. We run a one week camp session over the Winter and March Breaks and a 5-6 week summer camp each summer. Each camp week is open to campers of all ages with varying special needs. Campers are split up internally into groups best suited to their support needs, age group and are placed with peers who will enjoy the same types of activities.

Camp Prospect was established in 1998 at the Mansfield Outdoor Centre. The program originally ran as a 4 week summer camp for children and adults with special needs.

After the first summer, there was a recognized need for more programs throughout the year. Christmas and March Break programs were added, as well as occasional weekends. Camp Prospect then expanded and opened its first year round program. This was the Cottage Program, which was a year round respite home, situated on the Mansfield property.

The summer of 2010 Camp Prospect moved to a new property in Utopia, Ontario and has been running camp programs from that location ever since.

Website: http://www.campsmitty.com/ Location: Eganville, Ontario Price: http://www.campsmitty.com/index.php?page=fees Registration: http://www.campsmitty.com/uploads/Camp%20Smitty%20Registration%20Form%202016.pdf Info:  Camp Smitty is open to all boys and girls aged 8-16 years of age who are ready for the physical and social dynamics of a ten-day residential camping program. We hold high expectations with regards to the level of respect and courtesy extended amongst campers, and balance these expectations with a high level of support provided by positive role models. Our trained staff team will model, consistently, the very characteristics we purport to teach our campers. We will make special concerted efforts to ensure that all children and families, regardless of financial situation, feel welcome and included at Camp Smitty. We will create a registration process that is barrier-free, and will actively attempt to provide information that is supportive to the cultural and socio-economic diversity we strive to serve. Program Focus Self-Concept: Enhancing self-esteem, feeling good/positive about oneself, discovering talents/interests, being included in decision-making. Social Skills: Developing interpersonal competence, group living, getting along with others, gaining appreciation for diversity. Character: Building positive values, mutual respect, taking responsibility for self, learning skills, unique outdoor experiences. Fun: Good old-fashioned healthy fun, room to breathe, getting 'unplugged', chance to be a kid.

Website: http://www.campsmitty.com/
Location: Eganville, Ontario
Price: http://www.campsmitty.com/index.php?page=fees
Registration: http://www.campsmitty.com/uploads/Camp%20Smitty%20Registration%20Form%202016.pdf
Info:  Camp Smitty is open to all boys and girls aged 8-16 years of age who are ready for the physical and social dynamics of a ten-day residential camping program.

We hold high expectations with regards to the level of respect and courtesy extended amongst campers, and balance these expectations with a high level of support provided by positive role models. Our trained staff team will model, consistently, the very characteristics we purport to teach our campers.

We will make special concerted efforts to ensure that all children and families, regardless of financial situation, feel welcome and included at Camp Smitty. We will create a registration process that is barrier-free, and will actively attempt to provide information that is supportive to the cultural and socio-economic diversity we strive to serve.

Program Focus

Self-Concept: Enhancing self-esteem, feeling good/positive about oneself, discovering talents/interests, being included in decision-making.

Social Skills: Developing interpersonal competence, group living, getting along with others, gaining appreciation for diversity.

Character: Building positive values, mutual respect, taking responsibility for self, learning skills, unique outdoor experiences.

Fun: Good old-fashioned healthy fun, room to breathe, getting 'unplugged', chance to be a kid.

Website: http://www.camptowhee.ca/ Location: Haliburton, Ontario Ages: 10-18 years Price: http://www.camptowhee.ca/parents/dates.htm Registration: http://www.camptowhee.ca/parents/registration.htm Info: Camp Towhee is a residential therapeutic program for children and youth with learning disabilities and related psycho-social difficulties, located in Haliburton, Ontario. Camp Towhee is a special needs camp with a very high staff to camper ratio and programming that addresses the unique needs of campers with learning disabilities and related mental health problems. Assessments and discussions with parents and prospective campers occur until the end of January 2015 about whether the camp program is suitable for a particular girl or boy. By early February decisions are made for most campers about offering them a space at camp. Placements in the July sessions or August session are based on the camper’s age, maturity, and fit with an appropriate cabin group. We also do our best to accommodate families’ requests for a particular session if a cabin can be found in that session that meets their son or daughter’s needs. The first 2 week session in July is for campers age 10 – 13; the second session is for campers aged 10 to 18 and the August session campers are aged 13 – 18. Final decisions about which session a camper will attend will be made in early February.

Website: http://www.camptowhee.ca/
Location: Haliburton, Ontario
Ages: 10-18 years
Price: http://www.camptowhee.ca/parents/dates.htm
Registration: http://www.camptowhee.ca/parents/registration.htm
Info: Camp Towhee is a residential therapeutic program for children and youth with learning disabilities and related psycho-social difficulties, located in Haliburton, Ontario.

Camp Towhee is a special needs camp with a very high staff to camper ratio and programming that addresses the unique needs of campers with learning disabilities and related mental health problems. Assessments and discussions with parents and prospective campers occur until the end of January 2015 about whether the camp program is suitable for a particular girl or boy. By early February decisions are made for most campers about offering them a space at camp.

Placements in the July sessions or August session are based on the camper’s age, maturity, and fit with an appropriate cabin group. We also do our best to accommodate families’ requests for a particular session if a cabin can be found in that session that meets their son or daughter’s needs. The first 2 week session in July is for campers age 10 – 13; the second session is for campers aged 10 to 18 and the August session campers are aged 13 – 18. Final decisions about which session a camper will attend will be made in early February.

Website: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/home.aspx Location: Muskoka, Ontario Ages: Various Registration: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/home.aspx Programs:  Adult Program – July 10th-16th, July 17th-23th, August 21th-27th & August 28rd - September 2nd, 2016 CNIB Lake Joe offers programming during the months of July and August. Take this opportunity to relax by the waterfront or enjoy the outdoors through swimming, boating and campfires! Fun is ready to be had, in a safe, friendly and accessible environment. Camp Abilities – August 1st-5th, 2016 Ages 8-18, $450 per participant Camp Abilities is a goal-based program aimed at athletic development. Skilled experts will provide one-on-one coaching to help guide participants to their performance goals. Specialties include cycling, running, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and sailing. SCORE 3 – August1st-5th, 2016 Grades 7-10, $450 per participant SCORE 3 (Skills, Confidence and Opportunities through Recreation and Education) provides intensive rehabilitative programs for students in grades 7 to 10 with a focus on personal management, social competence, and play and leisure that will encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Guests will set goals and begin planning for their futures. Young Adult Programming – July 24th- 30th, 2016 Ages 18-25, $670 per participant This program is intended for young adults who would like to meet, mix and mingle with their peers. This program is geared towards youth who are transitioning from youth and family programs to adult programs. Guests will experience a combination of structured and elective programming. Please note: This is an alcohol and tobacco free session. Family Program – August 7th-13th, 2016 & *August 14th-20th, 2016 $1100 per family of four (living in the same household) The family program offers families with children/youth (under 21) who are blind or partially sighted an opportunity to participate in recreational opportunities. Activities include swimming, fishing, wakeboarding and relaxing.*The enhanced week is a similar program with the addition of specialized activities led by skilled volunteers. Info: Lake Joe offers life-changing experiences for children, youth, families and adults who are blind or partially sighted in an inclusive outdoor environment. Guests will be thrilled with their experiences and will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Come and enjoy activities you love, or try something new. Some of the activities Lake Joe has to offer include: Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Pontoon boat cruises, Waterskiing, Tubing, Paddle boats, Fishing, Basketball, Bocce, Campfires and barbecues, Picnic tables, Horseshoes and shuffleboard, 1 km nature trail The activities at Lake Joe are flexible enough to accommodate different needs and interests of campers of all ages. The combination of supportive staff, inclusive activities and barrier free buildings at Lake Joe make this facility unique in Canada.

Website: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/home.aspx
Location: Muskoka, Ontario
Ages: Various
Registration: http://www.cnib.ca/en/about/facility/Lake-Joseph/summer-camping/Pages/home.aspx
Programs: 

Adult Program – July 10th-16th, July 17th-23th, August 21th-27th & August 28rd - September 2nd, 2016

CNIB Lake Joe offers programming during the months of July and August. Take this opportunity to relax by the waterfront or enjoy the outdoors through swimming, boating and campfires! Fun is ready to be had, in a safe, friendly and accessible environment.

Camp Abilities – August 1st-5th, 2016

Ages 8-18, $450 per participant
Camp Abilities is a goal-based program aimed at athletic development. Skilled experts will provide one-on-one coaching to help guide participants to their performance goals. Specialties include cycling, running, swimming, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

SCORE 3 – August1st-5th, 2016

Grades 7-10, $450 per participant
SCORE 3 (Skills, Confidence and Opportunities through Recreation and Education) provides intensive rehabilitative programs for students in grades 7 to 10 with a focus on personal management, social competence, and play and leisure that will encourage healthy, active lifestyles. Guests will set goals and begin planning for their futures.

Young Adult Programming – July 24th- 30th, 2016

Ages 18-25, $670 per participant
This program is intended for young adults who would like to meet, mix and mingle with their peers. This program is geared towards youth who are transitioning from youth and family programs to adult programs. Guests will experience a combination of structured and elective programming. Please note: This is an alcohol and tobacco free session.

Family Program – August 7th-13th, 2016 & *August 14th-20th, 2016

$1100 per family of four (living in the same household)
The family program offers families with children/youth (under 21) who are blind or partially sighted an opportunity to participate in recreational opportunities. Activities include swimming, fishing, wakeboarding and relaxing.*The enhanced week is a similar program with the addition of specialized activities led by skilled volunteers.
Info: Lake Joe offers life-changing experiences for children, youth, families and adults who are blind or partially sighted in an inclusive outdoor environment. Guests will be thrilled with their experiences and will leave with memories that will last a lifetime. Come and enjoy activities you love, or try something new. Some of the activities Lake Joe has to offer include: Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, Sailing, Pontoon boat cruises, Waterskiing, Tubing, Paddle boats, Fishing, Basketball, Bocce, Campfires and barbecues, Picnic tables, Horseshoes and shuffleboard, 1 km nature trail

The activities at Lake Joe are flexible enough to accommodate different needs and interests of campers of all ages. The combination of supportive staff, inclusive activities and barrier free buildings at Lake Joe make this facility unique in Canada.

Website: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/about/merrywood-camp Location: The camp sits on 30 acres of property between Smiths Falls and Perth in Eastern Ontario. Ages:  Various Price: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/programs Registration: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/applications Info: Built in 1948, Camp Merrywood began as a summer camp for kids with polio. Six campers attended in its first year. The site has 12 buildings including: six camper cabins that can accommodate up to 72 campers per session, a health hut, dining room and lodge, music and theatre building, nature building, specially adapted swimming pool. Merrywood offers a full waterfront program and activities such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing,  and fishing. Campers also get to experience a variety of camping trips. There are four-day canoe trips to Crotch Lake and one-night trips through the Rideau Canal system. At Easter Seals Camp Merrywood, campers expand their leadership abilities through a myriad of creative arts programs and multi-sports activities. During the summer,  the camp offers three 10-day Individual Camp sessions, one 5-day Discovery Camp session for children 6 – 12 years, one 7-day Sports Camp and 7-day Arts Camp for campers 13-18 years, one five-day Family Camp session; three GEAR-UP and Leaders in Training sessions, and one 7-day Out-tripping Adventure trip to Algonquin Park. There is a camp staff of 64, which includes a team of 3 registered nurses and 2 healthcare assistants

Website: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/about/merrywood-camp
Location: The camp sits on 30 acres of property between Smiths Falls and Perth in Eastern Ontario.
Ages:  Various
Price: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/programs
Registration: http://www.eastersealscamps.org/applications
Info: Built in 1948, Camp Merrywood began as a summer camp for kids with polio. Six campers attended in its first year.

The site has 12 buildings including: six camper cabins that can accommodate up to 72 campers per session, a health hut, dining room and lodge, music and theatre building, nature building, specially adapted swimming pool. Merrywood offers a full waterfront program and activities such as sailing, kayaking, canoeing,  and fishing.

Campers also get to experience a variety of camping trips. There are four-day canoe trips to Crotch Lake and one-night trips through the Rideau Canal system.

At Easter Seals Camp Merrywood, campers expand their leadership abilities through a myriad of creative arts programs and multi-sports activities. During the summer,  the camp offers three 10-day Individual Camp sessions, one 5-day Discovery Camp session for children 6 – 12 years, one 7-day Sports Camp and 7-day Arts Camp for campers 13-18 years, one five-day Family Camp session; three GEAR-UP and Leaders in Training sessions, and one 7-day Out-tripping Adventure trip to Algonquin Park.

There is a camp staff of 64, which includes a team of 3 registered nurses and 2 healthcare assistants

Website: http://www.koc.on.ca/ Location: Minden, Ontario Age: 9-20; autism Registration/Price:  http://www.koc.on.ca/registration Programs:  http://www.koc.on.ca/autism-programs/summer-camp Autism Summer Camp  This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs. Autism Family Respite Weekends This is a social-recreation weekend for six to eight ASD families who are often on the waiting list to receive service. The program provides a one-to-one worker for the identified child, as well as sibling, and parent programs.  Opportunities for respite, networking, andsocial skill development are offered throughout the weekend.  Autism Summer Family Camp The program was developed in direct response to families who greatly appreciated the AFR Weekends, but are now looking for an affordable option for families who did not require one-to-one support. It is a four day summer recreation program for a group of 15 ASD families. Leaders-in-training This summer the KOC will be offering a LIT program to support our core autism programs and the communities served through tese programs. The LIT program will provide participants with knowledge in how to work with special needs populations, increased leadership capacity, and specific leadership training, and direct experience in planning and executing camp programs and special events. Info: This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children and youth 9-20 years old with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs. After registration a intensive assessment will help in placing your child in the best group and with the best possible supports for a successful time away and camp experience.  

Website: http://www.koc.on.ca/
Location: Minden, Ontario
Age: 9-20; autism
Registration/Price:  http://www.koc.on.ca/registration
Programs:  http://www.koc.on.ca/autism-programs/summer-camp

Autism Summer Camp 

This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs.

Autism Family Respite Weekends

This is a social-recreation weekend for six to eight ASD families who are often on the waiting list to receive service. The program provides a one-to-one worker for the identified child, as well as sibling, and parent programs.  Opportunities for respite, networking, andsocial skill development are offered throughout the weekend. 

Autism Summer Family Camp

The program was developed in direct response to families who greatly appreciated the AFR Weekends, but are now looking for an affordable option for families who did not require one-to-one support. It is a four day summer recreation program for a group of 15 ASD families.

Leaders-in-training

This summer the KOC will be offering a LIT program to support our core autism programs and the communities served through tese programs. The LIT program will provide participants with knowledge in how to work with special needs populations, increased leadership capacity, and specific leadership training, and direct experience in planning and executing camp programs and special events.

Info: This is a 5-day residential summer camp experience for children and youth 9-20 years old with Autism. The focus of the week is on social and therapeutic recreation supported by a high ratio of staff to campers. Groups of five campers experience the social skills inherent in a camp setting with four staff to support individual needs. After registration a intensive assessment will help in placing your child in the best group and with the best possible supports for a successful time away and camp experience.

 

Website: http://www.novasark.ca/camps#Summer%20Camps Location: Brooklin, Ontario Registration: http://www.novasark.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SUMMER-CAMP-2016-REGISTRATION-FORM.pdf Info: Nova’s Ark runs Summer Camps during July and August.  The Camps offer opportunities for individuals with special needs to join our trained and confident youth leaders to explore the many interesting therapy animals and participate in indoor and outdoor activities .  The focus continues to be on social and communication skills through exploration and sensory stimulation.  Individuals will be encouraged to participate, with their Circle of Friends, in a number of  structured interactive activities which are modified to meet the needs of each participant.

Website: http://www.novasark.ca/camps#Summer%20Camps
Location: Brooklin, Ontario
Registration: http://www.novasark.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SUMMER-CAMP-2016-REGISTRATION-FORM.pdf
Info: Nova’s Ark runs Summer Camps during July and August.  The Camps offer opportunities for individuals with special needs to join our trained and confident youth leaders to explore the many interesting therapy animals and participate in indoor and outdoor activities . 

The focus continues to be on social and communication skills through exploration and sensory stimulation.  Individuals will be encouraged to participate, with their Circle of Friends, in a number of  structured interactive activities which are modified to meet the needs of each participant.

Website: http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/recreation/Pages/srp.aspx Location: Camp Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario When: 6-day programs running between June 19, 2016 and August 5, 2016 Ages: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability Registration: http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/recreation/Documents/Geneva_Park_2016_Application.pdf Price: $2,800 per person (Subsidies available based on eligibility criteria - please inquire for more details.) Info: Join us for one of our six-day recreation programs at Geneva Park in Orillia, Ontario. Six-day programs run between June and August 2015. Program Includes: Meals and accommodation for six days and five nights. Daily activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, basketball, trail walks, bonfires and lots more. Transportation to Geneva Park is not included.

Website: http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/recreation/Pages/srp.aspx
Location: Camp Geneva Park, Orillia, Ontario
When: 6-day programs running between June 19, 2016 and August 5, 2016
Ages: Adults (18 yrs+) living with a disability
Registration: http://www.marchofdimes.ca/EN/programs/recreation/Documents/Geneva_Park_2016_Application.pdf
Price: $2,800 per person (Subsidies available based on eligibility criteria - please inquire for more details.)
Info: Join us for one of our six-day recreation programs at Geneva Park in Orillia, Ontario. Six-day programs run between June and August 2015.

Program Includes:

Meals and accommodation for six days and five nights.

Daily activities including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, archery, basketball, trail walks, bonfires and lots more.

Transportation to Geneva Park is not included.

Website: http://www.spectruminsights.ca/summer-camp.html Program:  Social and Life Skills Summer Camp Location: Ottawa, Ontario Ages: Boys and Girls ages 12-18 Price: The Cost is $350/week or $300 if two or more weeks are booked Info:  Each week we learn how to: Take the bus – Learn bus schedules, use the OC Transpo Website Time management – Planning our day trips, telling time, wearing a watch How to use money – where to keep your wallet, how to talk to a cashier, counting change, social skills in a line Social etiquette – on the bus, in theaters, shopping etc How to shop for yourself – Buying your own groceries, Buying personal effects like Deodorant, tooth brushes etc.  1-5 Ratio Our groups are small to better meet the needs of the individual student.  We focus on skills for the group and help each student attain their personal goals. Skills we cover Learning to use public transit How to buy bus tickets/Budget how many tickets needed each week Where to purchase a presto pass & how to Load it and use it. Inform the student about other options ie Bus pass & Family pass Teach the student how to enter a bus How to pay using either tickets/pass/presto or transfer. How to use the OC travel Planner Planning the bus route for the day or week Emergency situations: Missed stops, If a student gets lost, Location of Yellow call boxes What to do if left alone on the bus or left alone at a stop Where to sit on the bus Who not to sit next to What to do w/ backpacks Losing tickets and transfers Safety:   Be aware of transients and strangers What to do and say when approached by a stranger What to do when Lost or separated from the group Walking down the street, making room for the elderly or wheelchairs Spatial awareness/social awareness Money Management:   How to use a wallet Where to carry your money Budgeting for the week Daily Budget Keeping track of money as they move through the day Help the students handle money during transactions Help the student learn delayed gratification (personal shopping is done on Fridays) Losing money Losing a wallet/purse How to handle small change Teaching the student how to be efficient during a transaction How to stay calm when they feel rushed Organization Skills:   Daily planning: Where are we going - how do we get there - what do we need Using a watch and telling time: Each student should have a watch Print out daily schedule and weekly budget - Update it daily w/ the students   Social Skills Daily greetings Remembering names Knowing the interests of each student Conversation starters Social etiquette in the classroom - In the city - On the bus - During transactions Teach how to plan a socials  

Website: http://www.spectruminsights.ca/summer-camp.html
Program:  Social and Life Skills Summer Camp
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Ages: Boys and Girls ages 12-18
Price: The Cost is $350/week or $300 if two or more weeks are booked
Info:  Each week we learn how to:

Take the bus – Learn bus schedules, use the OC Transpo Website

Time management – Planning our day trips, telling time, wearing a watch

How to use money – where to keep your wallet, how to talk to a cashier, counting change, social skills in a line

Social etiquette – on the bus, in theaters, shopping etc

How to shop for yourself – Buying your own groceries, Buying personal effects like Deodorant, tooth brushes etc. 

1-5 Ratio
Our groups are small to better meet the needs of the individual student.  We focus on skills for the group and help each student attain their personal goals.

Skills we cover
Learning to use public transit

How to buy bus tickets/Budget how many tickets needed each week

Where to purchase a presto pass & how to Load it and use it.

Inform the student about other options ie Bus pass & Family pass

Teach the student how to enter a bus

How to pay using either tickets/pass/presto or transfer.

How to use the OC travel Planner

Planning the bus route for the day or week

Emergency situations: Missed stops, If a student gets lost, Location of Yellow call boxes

What to do if left alone on the bus or left alone at a stop

Where to sit on the bus

Who not to sit next to

What to do w/ backpacks

Losing tickets and transfers

Safety:
 

Be aware of transients and strangers

What to do and say when approached by a stranger

What to do when Lost or separated from the group

Walking down the street, making room for the elderly or wheelchairs

Spatial awareness/social awareness

Money Management:
 

How to use a wallet

Where to carry your money

Budgeting for the week

Daily Budget

Keeping track of money as they move through the day

Help the students handle money during transactions

Help the student learn delayed gratification (personal shopping is done on Fridays)

Losing money

Losing a wallet/purse

How to handle small change

Teaching the student how to be efficient during a transaction

How to stay calm when they feel rushed

Organization Skills:
 

Daily planning: Where are we going - how do we get there - what do we need

Using a watch and telling time: Each student should have a watch

Print out daily schedule and weekly budget - Update it daily w/ the students
 

Social Skills

Daily greetings

Remembering names

Knowing the interests of each student

Conversation starters

Social etiquette in the classroom - In the city - On the bus - During transactions

Teach how to plan a socials

 

Website: http://camp.teamworksdufferin.com/ Location: Orangeville, Ontario Registration: http://camp.teamworksdufferin.com/registration/ Info: Specializing in Autism, we are an inclusive summer day camp, open to all. Based in Orangeville, Ontario we travel the countryside by bus all summer long. Campers learn to socialize and interact with others, while having a great time, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, hiking and more! Teamworks Dufferin Camp is operated by a parent driven organization and is in its twelfth year of operation. The camp is run with a fee for service funding format and through the fund-raising efforts of facilitators and parents. Although camp is integrated into the community through our many outings, we also provide an environment where our children can be themselves without being judged. Our camp is tailored to accommodate the individual needs of our campers while promoting independence and fun. Together, staff and volunteers will provide a safe, exciting and active summer program as well as a great place to meet new friends in the presence of positive role models. The camp maintains a staff to camper ratio of 3:1. If a camper needs a 1:1 coverage, there may be an additional fee required. Unfortunately, our bus is not wheelchair accessible.

Website: http://camp.teamworksdufferin.com/
Location: Orangeville, Ontario
Registration: http://camp.teamworksdufferin.com/registration/
Info: Specializing in Autism, we are an inclusive summer day camp, open to all. Based in Orangeville, Ontario we travel the countryside by bus all summer long.

Campers learn to socialize and interact with others, while having a great time, horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, hiking and more!


Teamworks Dufferin Camp is operated by a parent driven organization and is in its twelfth year of operation. The camp is run with a fee for service funding format and through the fund-raising efforts of facilitators and parents. Although camp is integrated into the community through our many outings, we also provide an environment where our children can be themselves without being judged. Our camp is tailored to accommodate the individual needs of our campers while promoting independence and fun.
Together, staff and volunteers will provide a safe, exciting and active summer program as well as a great place to meet new friends in the presence of positive role models. The camp maintains a staff to camper ratio of 3:1. If a camper needs a 1:1 coverage, there may be an additional fee required.

Unfortunately, our bus is not wheelchair accessible.

Website: http://tead.on.ca/rider-forms/ Location: Mount Hope, Ontario Ages: 6 years and up Price: http://tead.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TEAD-Summer-2016-Rider-Registration-Form.pdf Info: http://tead.on.ca/rider-forms/ This year’s camp takes place from July 4th to August 26th, 2016, for campers age 6 years & up.  A camp day at T.E.A.D. is packed with fun, so it’s important for every camper to be prepared with the proper clothing so that everyone can participate!  

Website: http://tead.on.ca/rider-forms/
Location: Mount Hope, Ontario
Ages: 6 years and up
Price: http://tead.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/TEAD-Summer-2016-Rider-Registration-Form.pdf
Info: http://tead.on.ca/rider-forms/

This year’s camp takes place from July 4th to August 26th, 2016, for campers age 6 years & up. 

A camp day at T.E.A.D. is packed with fun, so it’s important for every camper to be prepared with the proper clothing so that everyone can participate!

 

Website: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/program-types/camps/ Location: Scarborough, Ontario Ages: Various Price: Various Register: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/summer-camp-registration-form-2016-fillable-vr3.pdf Listing: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2016-springsummer-camps-only.pdf Info: For over 65 years our goal has been to improve the quality of life of all people, regardless of their abilities. By offering specialized programs and services, we create a level playing field without barriers, intimidation or other obstacles. Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes: A 76,000-square-foot gym, two indoor pools and a 200 metre indoor track; A combination of sports, swimming, games and training activities – all under one roof; A fun way to learn new skills, make new friends, and enhance self-esteem; An inclusive and barrier-free environment with experienced camp counselors

Website: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/program-types/camps/
Location: Scarborough, Ontario
Ages: Various
Price: Various
Register: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/summer-camp-registration-form-2016-fillable-vr3.pdf
Listing: http://www.varietyvillage.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2016-springsummer-camps-only.pdf
Info: For over 65 years our goal has been to improve the quality of life of all people, regardless of their abilities. By offering specialized programs and services, we create a level playing field without barriers, intimidation or other obstacles.

Variety Village offers a broad range of integrated full-day camps for participants of all abilities*, ages 4 to 20+. Our Variety Village camp experience includes:

A 76,000-square-foot gym, two indoor pools and a 200 metre indoor track;

A combination of sports, swimming, games and training activities – all under one roof;

A fun way to learn new skills, make new friends, and enhance self-esteem;

An inclusive and barrier-free environment with experienced camp counselors

Website: https://wetra.ca/summer-break-camp/ Location: Essex, Ontario Price: $325 Info: Our camps are devoted to assisting children to care for, and ride horses in a safe, fun and interactive environment. This is a great opportunity, to learn to feed, ride, and care for a horse in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment. Camp Activities Horseback riding Horse related activities with certified instructors Grooming Crafts Fun games Practical horse care Horse breeds & colours Hoof care Feeding principles Safety   Camp Facilities   Safe, well trained horses & ponies Friendly qualified staff Indoor/outdoor arenas Class room for indoor activities (with heating & air conditioning)   Additional Information   CAMP HOURS: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. DROP OFF TIME: 8:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. PICK UP: 3:00 p.m. FEES: $325.00 per week includes taxes. LUNCH: Campers are required to bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks. CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT: For safety, children must wear appropriate clothing while working around horses. This includes footwear (closed toes shoes). Long pants are also required. DEPOSIT: A deposit of $75.00, must accompany the registration form to secure a place at camp. Deposit fees are non-refundable. The balance of $250.00 may be paid on or before the first day of camp.

Website: https://wetra.ca/summer-break-camp/
Location: Essex, Ontario
Price: $325
Info: Our camps are devoted to assisting children to care for, and ride horses in a safe, fun and interactive environment. This is a great opportunity, to learn to feed, ride, and care for a horse in a safe, fun and enjoyable environment.

Camp Activities

Horseback riding

Horse related activities with certified instructors

Grooming

Crafts

Fun games

Practical horse care

Horse breeds & colours

Hoof care

Feeding principles

Safety

 

Camp Facilities

 

Safe, well trained horses & ponies

Friendly qualified staff

Indoor/outdoor arenas

Class room for indoor activities (with heating & air conditioning)

 

Additional Information

 

CAMP HOURS: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

DROP OFF TIME: 8:45 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.

PICK UP: 3:00 p.m.

FEES: $325.00 per week includes taxes.

LUNCH: Campers are required to bring their own lunches, snacks, and drinks.

CLOTHING & EQUIPMENT: For safety, children must wear appropriate clothing while working around horses. This includes footwear (closed toes shoes). Long pants are also required.

DEPOSIT: A deposit of $75.00, must accompany the registration form to secure a place at camp. Deposit fees are non-refundable. The balance of $250.00 may be paid on or before the first day of camp.

Website: http://www.magnificentminds.ca/#!blank-1/czn6 Location: Toronto, Ontario Ages: 3-12 years Date:  Camp runs Monday to Friday, July & August 2016 Before and after care is available daily from 8:30AM-5:30PM Info:  About Camp MM Come swim, explore, and develop lasting friendships! Cornerstones of our Magnificent Minds program will remain, such as: individualized goal development low-ratio groups (1:4) focus on social and communication skills hands-on activities highly qualified teaching professionals and therapists Campers experience an authentic day camp experience, with the care they need to thrive. Camp Units JUNIOR: 4 & 5 years INTERMEDIATE: 6-8 years SENIOR: 9-12 years Making Each Day Special From camp-wide sing-a-longs to MM Idol, from Weekly Wacky Wednesdays to camp-wide Olympics--every summer at Camp MM is unforgettable! Our summer-long themes, which change each year, allow us to keep-it-fresh, while upholding a high quality of programming which reflects our dedication to evoking curiosity and instilling knowledge. Our cabin-groups have names which reflect our summer theme, evoke spirit, and create community. Which group will you be placed in? Cabin groups are created based on age and with a consideration for creating ideal social matches. New Vs. Returning Campers The majority of our campers are returning, but we welcome new comers with open arms and promise you will feel at home in no time! We take the time to meet with all new campers to ensure we provide the best possible learning experience. A Typical Day at Camp MM Camp-Wide Morning Meeting + Spirit Activities Wacky Science OR Cooking Snack Water Works Field Sports OR Yoga Lunch & Recess Drama (Big Kids) OR Pretend Play (Little Ones) Water Works OR Swimming (Off Site) Snack Music Garden OR Arts & Crafts Friendship Circle Enchanted Forest (Sensory Exploration)  

Website: http://www.magnificentminds.ca/#!blank-1/czn6
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Ages: 3-12 years
Date:  Camp runs Monday to Friday, July & August 2016
Before and after care is available daily from 8:30AM-5:30PM
Info:  About Camp MM

Come swim, explore, and develop lasting friendships!

Cornerstones of our Magnificent Minds program will remain, such as:

individualized goal development

low-ratio groups (1:4)

focus on social and communication skills

hands-on activities

highly qualified teaching professionals and therapists

Campers experience an authentic day camp experience, with the care they need to thrive.

Camp Units

JUNIOR: 4 & 5 years

INTERMEDIATE: 6-8 years
SENIOR: 9-12 years

Making Each Day Special

From camp-wide sing-a-longs to MM Idol, from Weekly Wacky Wednesdays to camp-wide Olympics--every summer at Camp MM is unforgettable!

Our summer-long themes, which change each year, allow us to keep-it-fresh, while upholding a high quality of programming which reflects our dedication to evoking curiosity and instilling knowledge. Our cabin-groups have names which reflect our summer theme, evoke spirit, and create community.

Which group will you be placed in?

Cabin groups are created based on age and with a consideration for creating ideal social matches.

New Vs. Returning Campers

The majority of our campers are returning, but we welcome new comers with open arms and promise you will feel at home in no time! We take the time to meet with all new campers to ensure we provide the best possible learning experience.

A Typical Day at Camp MM

Camp-Wide Morning Meeting + Spirit Activities
Wacky Science OR Cooking

Snack

Water Works

Field Sports OR Yoga
Lunch & Recess

Drama (Big Kids) OR Pretend Play (Little Ones)
Water Works OR Swimming (Off Site)
Snack

Music Garden OR Arts & Crafts

Friendship Circle
Enchanted Forest (Sensory Exploration)

 

Website: http://camparowhon.com/parents/not-yet-registered/inclusion-programme/ Location: Algonquin Park, Ontario Price: http://camparowhon.com/parents/not-yet-registered/dates-rates/ Info: We welcome four campers with special needs each session. or these children, camp is fun, growthful and safe, a place where they are fully included in the community and celebrated for who they are. For other campers, these children bring special gifts: By their presence they teach and remind us to respect every human and to know and cherish people who are different from ourselves. We have been welcoming our special campers for 20 years; they are important to us. Our campers with special needs live in fully integrated regular camper cabins, with an extra counsellor in the cabin to ensure that their particular needs are met.  We are able to accommodate campers with autism, developmental delays and Down’s Syndrome. Because of the rough terrain of our site, we cannot accommodate children with significant mobility limitations, and because camp requires group living, we also cannot accommodate children with behavioural issues.

Website: http://camparowhon.com/parents/not-yet-registered/inclusion-programme/
Location: Algonquin Park, Ontario
Price: http://camparowhon.com/parents/not-yet-registered/dates-rates/
Info: We welcome four campers with special needs each session. or these children, camp is fun, growthful and safe, a place where they are fully included in the community and celebrated for who they are. For other campers, these children bring special gifts: By their presence they teach and remind us to respect every human and to know and cherish people who are different from ourselves. We have been welcoming our special campers for 20 years; they are important to us. Our campers with special needs live in fully integrated regular camper cabins, with an extra counsellor in the cabin to ensure that their particular needs are met. 

We are able to accommodate campers with autism, developmental delays and Down’s Syndrome. Because of the rough terrain of our site, we cannot accommodate children with significant mobility limitations, and because camp requires group living, we also cannot accommodate children with behavioural issues.

Website: http://www.willowgrove.ca/Day-Camp/Special-Needs-and-Inclusion Location: Stouffville, Ontario Ages: 3 1/2 - 13 Info: Willowgrove Day Camp has a long and rich history of providing a quality camp experience for campers with special needs between the ages of 3 1/2 and 13. Campers with special needs are integrated into regular peer camper groups to participate in the entire camp day to the extent possible. An inclusion counselor is assigned to work one to one with the special needs camper. All campers in our Special Needs Program need to be: 1. Toilet Trained 2. Able to communicate 3. Independently mobile Special Needs fee: (in addition to regular camp fees)is $125/week. To request a tour or learn more about our Special Needs program, please contact our office to speak directly to Miriam Reesor, our Camp Director.

Website: http://www.willowgrove.ca/Day-Camp/Special-Needs-and-Inclusion
Location: Stouffville, Ontario
Ages: 3 1/2 - 13
Info: Willowgrove Day Camp has a long and rich history of providing a quality camp experience for campers with special needs between the ages of 3 1/2 and 13.

Campers with special needs are integrated into regular peer camper groups to participate in the entire camp day to the extent possible. An inclusion counselor is assigned to work one to one with the special needs camper.

All campers in our Special Needs Program need to be:

1. Toilet Trained

2. Able to communicate

3. Independently mobile

Special Needs fee: (in addition to regular camp fees)is $125/week.

To request a tour or learn more about our Special Needs program, please contact our office to speak directly to Miriam Reesor, our Camp Director.

Website:  http://pioneercamp.ca/summer-camp/inclusion/ Location: Port Sydney, Ontario Ages: 5-19 Info:  At Ontario Pioneer Camp, we believe that all people are uniquely and wonderfully made in God’s image. Our award winning Inclusion Program was birthed out of our desire over 35 years ago to offer a fun, safe, and transformational camp experience to all young people. There are two leaders in a chalet with 3-4 ‘typically developing’ campers and one camper with an exceptionality. Both chalet leaders are equipped to meet the needs of the camper, modifying programming according to the campers’ physical, intellectual, social or behavioural needs and integrating them into the chalet. Campers with exceptionalities have 1:1 support throughout the day. This can be adjusted according to the camper’s independence and ability. Each camper is valued as an important part of the camp community, so we tailor the camping experience to fit the needs of each child. For instance, a child with autism having sensory issues might need to be introduced into the noisy dining hall by incremental steps. Our staff find ways to make the camping experience positive and inclusive for everyone.

Website:  http://pioneercamp.ca/summer-camp/inclusion/
Location: Port Sydney, Ontario
Ages: 5-19
Info:  At Ontario Pioneer Camp, we believe that all people are uniquely and wonderfully made in God’s image. Our award winning Inclusion Program was birthed out of our desire over 35 years ago to offer a fun, safe, and transformational camp experience to all young people.

There are two leaders in a chalet with 3-4 ‘typically developing’ campers and one camper with an exceptionality. Both chalet leaders are equipped to meet the needs of the camper, modifying programming according to the campers’ physical, intellectual, social or behavioural needs and integrating them into the chalet. Campers with exceptionalities have 1:1 support throughout the day. This can be adjusted according to the camper’s independence and ability.

Each camper is valued as an important part of the camp community, so we tailor the camping experience to fit the needs of each child. For instance, a child with autism having sensory issues might need to be introduced into the noisy dining hall by incremental steps. Our staff find ways to make the camping experience positive and inclusive for everyone.

Website: http://ontariochristiancamp.ca/summer-camp-cambridge-guelph-waterloo-ontario/special-needs-camp-programs/ Location:  1985 Beke Rd. Cambridge Ontario N1R5S5 Price: $775 Ages: 10+ Registration: http://ontariochristiancamp.ca/summer-camp-cambridge-guelph-waterloo-ontario/register-now/ Info:  For over 30 year Camp Shalom has been a leader in summer camp programs for adults who have special needs. We have built many relationships with group homes and caregivers who rely on our camp every year to offer respite for caregivers and parents along with fun and meaningful vacations for their clients. Many of our guests have attended for over a decade and look forward to it every year. Our staff participate in two weeks of staff training before the guest come to learn how to handle the unique needs of our guests. We also provide a healthcare team to manage medications and any other healthcare needs that may arise. With over 30 years of experience you can feel secure that your son, daughter or client will have a fun and safe experience at Camp Shalom.  

Website: http://ontariochristiancamp.ca/summer-camp-cambridge-guelph-waterloo-ontario/special-needs-camp-programs/
Location:  1985 Beke Rd. Cambridge Ontario N1R5S5
Price: $775
Ages: 10+
Registration: 
http://ontariochristiancamp.ca/summer-camp-cambridge-guelph-waterloo-ontario/register-now/
Info:  For over 30 year Camp Shalom has been a leader in summer camp programs for adults who have special needs. We have built many relationships with group homes and caregivers who rely on our camp every year to offer respite for caregivers and parents along with fun and meaningful vacations for their clients. Many of our guests have attended for over a decade and look forward to it every year.

Our staff participate in two weeks of staff training before the guest come to learn how to handle the unique needs of our guests. We also provide a healthcare team to manage medications and any other healthcare needs that may arise. With over 30 years of experience you can feel secure that your son, daughter or client will have a fun and safe experience at Camp Shalom.

 

Website:  http://www.kettlebyvalley.com/campers-with-special-needs/ Location: Kettleby, Ontario Registration: http://www.kettlebyvalley.com/#section-camp-programs-home Info: Kettleby Valley offers an integrated day camp program for children with special needs. These Campers benefit from having a One to One Counsellor. Our program is available for children on the Autism Spectrum, with Down Syndrome, A.D.D, A.D.H.D. and other special needs. We offer the added assistance and support of having the full attention of a counsellor while enjoying the same traditional activities normally offered at camp. Everyone has unique triggers and our counsellors are there to help their campers work through these triggers in a positive way. Although there are considerations made regarding each individual camper, our expectations of our One to One campers are the same as any other child at Kettleby Valley. We believe that holding campers with exceptionalities to the same standard is critical for them to learn how to cope with situations that they face in everyday life. Space for in our integrated program is very limited, so please contact the camp for availability prior to registering. An additional fee of $50 per week above the regular day camp fee applies. A meeting at the camp with our One to One Director prior to the summer is mandatory for campers and families who are new to our camp and it is strongly recommended for returning campers and families.

Website:  http://www.kettlebyvalley.com/campers-with-special-needs/
Location: Kettleby, Ontario
Registration: http://www.kettlebyvalley.com/#section-camp-programs-home
Info: Kettleby Valley offers an integrated day camp program for children with special needs. These Campers benefit from having a One to One Counsellor. Our program is available for children on the Autism Spectrum, with Down Syndrome, A.D.D, A.D.H.D. and other special needs. We offer the added assistance and support of having the full attention of a counsellor while enjoying the same traditional activities normally offered at camp.

Everyone has unique triggers and our counsellors are there to help their campers work through these triggers in a positive way. Although there are considerations made regarding each individual camper, our expectations of our One to One campers are the same as any other child at Kettleby Valley. We believe that holding campers with exceptionalities to the same standard is critical for them to learn how to cope with situations that they face in everyday life.

Space for in our integrated program is very limited, so please contact the camp for availability prior to registering. An additional fee of $50 per week above the regular day camp fee applies. A meeting at the camp with our One to One Director prior to the summer is mandatory for campers and families who are new to our camp and it is strongly recommended for returning campers and families.

Website:  http://campgreenacres.com/optional-services/#special_needs Location: Markham, Ontario Info: Green Acres welcomes children with special needs. Our integrated program allows campers with special needs to become part of a cabin group with the help of their leisure buddy (personal counselor). The camper follows the cabin schedule to the best of their abilities. Where changes need to be made to make their experience more successful, the special needs program co-ordinator will work with the child and their leisure buddy to devise a tailored schedule. A leisure buddy (personal counselor) can be provided by the camp or can be hired independently by the parent. If a leisure buddy is hired by the camp, there is an additional charge of $200.00/week. The camp hires a leisure buddy based on their experience, dedication to children with special needs and camp spirit. Our leisure buddies range in age from approximately 18 to 25 years of age. We aim to provide a place for children with special needs to thrive and build on their social skills as well as their physical skills. If you have specific questions about our program or would like to talk about the suitability of our program for your child, please call the camp office at (905) 887-1400.

Website:  http://campgreenacres.com/optional-services/#special_needs
Location: Markham, Ontario
Info: Green Acres welcomes children with special needs. Our integrated program allows campers with special needs to become part of a cabin group with the help of their leisure buddy (personal counselor). The camper follows the cabin schedule to the best of their abilities. Where changes need to be made to make their experience more successful, the special needs program co-ordinator will work with the child and their leisure buddy to devise a tailored schedule.

A leisure buddy (personal counselor) can be provided by the camp or can be hired independently by the parent. If a leisure buddy is hired by the camp, there is an additional charge of $200.00/week. The camp hires a leisure buddy based on their experience, dedication to children with special needs and camp spirit. Our leisure buddies range in age from approximately 18 to 25 years of age.

We aim to provide a place for children with special needs to thrive and build on their social skills as well as their physical skills.

If you have specific questions about our program or would like to talk about the suitability of our program for your child, please call the camp office at (905) 887-1400.

Website: http://heartfitrespite.com/ Location: 1398 Frankford Rd., Quinte West, Ontario Ages: Adults 18+ with developmental differences Price: July 3-Sept 3  $1600.00/week Info:  Nestled on 80 acres in the Northumberland Hills in southern Ontario, we are a working farm This historic farm was deeded to Empire Loyalists in 1802 and was owned and worked by one family running a large apiary producing honey from 1842 to 1987. We now produce goat meat, pork, meat chickens and eggs. Our livestock is raised traditionally on non medicated feed and we maintain a high standard of hygiene and health.  We also produce organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit. Full programming for 8 guests at a time means flexible activities and participation choices. Experienced professional teachers and developmental service workers lead the guests into new learning and reinforce daily living skills. Activities, &  scheduling are determined by weather, interests and the needs of our guests. This program is a recreational Summer Holiday experience on a working farm. We encourage maximum participation in indoor and outdoor activities. Guests have varied, interesting and fun choices for learning. Full supervision and professional staff ensure all needs are met.  Eligibility Criteria:  ·         Mobile ·         Non-aggressive ·       Independent with activities of daily living  All Inclusive: - MAX 8 guests per week - Activities: Age/level appropriate - Off site trips - Customized menus - Supervision 24/7 - Staff Ratio  as needed - Experienced professional staff -registered nurse -Separate housing- men/women Site visits are mandatory before acceptance Activities: ·           daily barn chores ·           gardening  ·           baking, cooking ·           woodworking ·           recreational games, cards ·           swimming, canoeing ·           performance stage ·           ping pong ·           hiking, dancing/drumming ·            theme nights ·           work detail with Farmer George ·           take home souvenir book

Website: http://heartfitrespite.com/
Location: 1398 Frankford Rd., Quinte West, Ontario
Ages: Adults 18+ with developmental differences
Price: July 3-Sept 3  $1600.00/week
Info:  Nestled on 80 acres in the Northumberland Hills in southern Ontario, we are a working farm

This historic farm was deeded to Empire Loyalists in 1802 and was owned and worked by one family running a large apiary producing honey from 1842 to 1987.

We now produce goat meat, pork, meat chickens and eggs. Our livestock is raised traditionally on non medicated feed and we maintain a high standard of hygiene and health.  We also produce organic vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit.

Full programming for 8 guests at a time means flexible activities and participation choices. Experienced professional teachers and developmental service workers lead the guests into new learning and reinforce daily living skills.

Activities, &  scheduling are determined by weather, interests and the needs of our guests.

This program is a recreational Summer Holiday experience on a working farm. We encourage maximum participation in indoor and outdoor activities. Guests have varied, interesting and fun choices for learning. Full supervision and professional staff ensure all needs are met. 

Eligibility Criteria:

 ·         Mobile
·         Non-aggressive
·       Independent with activities of daily living 

All Inclusive:

- MAX 8 guests per week
Activities: Age/level appropriate
Off site trips
Customized menus
- Supervision 24/7
- Staff Ratio  as needed
Experienced professional staff
-registered nurse
-Separate housing- men/women

Site visits are mandatory before acceptance

Activities:

·           daily barn chores

·           gardening 

·           baking, cooking

·           woodworking

·           recreational games, cards

·           swimming, canoeing

·           performance stage

·           ping pong

·           hiking, dancing/drumming

·            theme nights

·           work detail with Farmer George

·           take home souvenir book

Website: http://www.adultsinmotion.org/home.html Location:  317 Franklin Rd N, Kitchener, ON Ages: 13 yrs and up for individuals with developmental disABILITIES Price: $70/day, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm (9hrs) Contact: 519-502-9170 or aim@phoenixcares.ca Info:  Established in 2010 AIM Adults In Motion is a day program for young persons with developmental disABILITIES.  Founded with the belief that everyone deserves to have a place where they are accepted, understood and valued. A place where what they do has purpose and meaning to them and their community.  A place of safety, self-growth and opportunity. Our Mission is to encourage growth and enhance life experiences for participants with developmental disABILITIES, through building bonds of friendship, creating meaningful activities, providing opportunities that increase well-being and by fostering purposeful community connections.  Our Vision is to build a strong, safe and supportive community for young persons with developmental disABILITIES through building connections in all we do. Transportation Assistance Program Need help getting to and from AIM?  There are lots of options.  Contact us and let's work together to find the best solution to meet your needs. Lunch Program Participants will enjoy prepping, eating and serving free lunch specials provided by AIM. Schedule to be provided. Supported Community Inclusion Programs Partnerships with local businesses and organizations enable participants to gain new skills, employment experience and make new social connections in their community. Additional Assets Sensory room, professional kitchen, gymnasium, large green-space & playground, on a bus route, field trips, music program, and e-waste & electronics program.  Supported by professional, highly trained and experienced staff.  

Website: http://www.adultsinmotion.org/home.html
Location:  317 Franklin Rd N, Kitchener, ON
Ages: 13 yrs and up for individuals with developmental disABILITIES
Price: $70/day, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm (9hrs)
Contact: 519-502-9170 or aim@phoenixcares.ca
Info:  Established in 2010 AIM Adults In Motion is a day program for young persons with developmental disABILITIES.  Founded with the belief that everyone deserves to have a place where they are accepted, understood and valued. A place where what they do has purpose and meaning to them and their community.  A place of safety, self-growth and opportunity.

Our Mission is to encourage growth and enhance life experiences for participants with developmental disABILITIES, through building bonds of friendship, creating meaningful activities, providing opportunities that increase well-being and by fostering purposeful community connections. 

Our Vision is to build a strong, safe and supportive community for young persons with developmental disABILITIES through building connections in all we do.

Transportation Assistance Program

Need help getting to and from AIM?  There are lots of options.  Contact us and let's work together to find the best solution to meet your needs.

Lunch Program

Participants will enjoy prepping, eating and serving free lunch specials provided by AIM. Schedule to be provided.

Supported Community Inclusion Programs

Partnerships with local businesses and organizations enable participants to gain new skills, employment experience and make new social connections in their community.

Additional Assets

Sensory room, professional kitchen, gymnasium, large green-space & playground, on a bus route, field trips, music program, and e-waste & electronics program.  Supported by professional, highly trained and experienced staff.

 

Website: http://www.alphacampandretreat.com/Summer.html Location:  Springwater, Ontario Price: http://www.alphacampandretreat.com/Summer.html Info: A Helping Hand Always Inc. started in 2007 with a dream. The dream is about honest dedicated workers providing the support needed for children and adults with Special Needs to find a place in their community where they can relax, unwind, be themselves while enjoying the beauty of living. Many families gave us the opportunity to serve their love ones and we will be forever grateful to them for believing that together we could make a difference. We were always ready to offer support in the schools, day cares, hospitals and community events until we were asked to provide respite care. After a number of requests, we started operating 2 respite beds from our home. While horseback riding one day, we spotted a property surrounded by lots of open land and beautiful landscapes and we knew this would some day house the next phase of A Helping Hand

Website: http://www.alphacampandretreat.com/Summer.html
Location:  Springwater, Ontario
Price: http://www.alphacampandretreat.com/Summer.html
Info: A Helping Hand Always Inc. started in 2007 with a dream. The dream is about honest dedicated workers providing the support needed for children and adults with Special Needs to find a place in their community where they can relax, unwind, be themselves while enjoying the beauty of living. Many families gave us the opportunity to serve their love ones and we will be forever grateful to them for believing that together we could make a difference. We were always ready to offer support in the schools, day cares, hospitals and community events until we were asked to provide respite care. After a number of requests, we started operating 2 respite beds from our home. While horseback riding one day, we spotted a property surrounded by lots of open land and beautiful landscapes and we knew this would some day house the next phase of A Helping Hand

Website: http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/York/Camp Location: York, Ontario Registration: https://autismontario.campbrainregistration.com/ Info: Autism Ontario Kids ‘AOK’ Cam– ages 4 – 17 years This program provides each participant with their own counsellor to ensure safety and support throughout their week in our program. Each day a new adventure awaits whether it is fun activities at our camp location or travelling to a big destination like the Toronto Zoo or a water park. Our campers enjoy all aspects of camp programming including lots of active pursuits. Being out in the community is a big part of our program plus providing unique sensory and developmental experiences complete a great camp programming day. Autism Ontario Adults ‘AOA’ Summer Progra– ages 18+ All participants are supported by their own counsellor who facilitates some great social and recreational experiences that are age appropriate. Attending water parks and rock climbing gyms, swimming and going bowling, these are just some activities that our participants get to enjoy plus making friends and enjoying lots of social time. Each counsellor is specially trained and highly capable and look forward to spending the summer with your young adult. Summer Youth Progra– ages 14 – 17 years Focused on volunteer experiences, transit training and social and life skill building, this program is geared to those youth who can function with a 1:2 Mentor to participant ratio. All of our participants experience some hands-on volunteer work at local businesses to help them practice and prepare for an employment opportunity on their own. Coupled with some great social and life skill activities like budgeting, cooking classes and sharing with their peers, this program helps to develop independence and professionalism for our participants. Social Skills Summer Institut– ages 18+ Building on the learning that has happened through the Summer Youth Program, we can continue the volunteer experiences, resume building and interviewing skills that this population needs assistance with. Fun is also achieved through outings to restaurants, movies and GTA based attractions, while working on our social and life skills. Great relationships are formed with the mentors and fellow participants which continue throughout the year at monthly “hang-outs”.

Website: http://www.autismontario.com/client/aso/ao.nsf/York/Camp
Location: York, Ontario
Registration: https://autismontario.campbrainregistration.com/
Info: Autism Ontario Kids ‘AOK’ Cam– ages 4 – 17 years
This program provides each participant with their own counsellor to ensure safety and support throughout their week in our program. Each day a new adventure awaits
whether it is fun activities at our camp location or travelling to a big destination like the Toronto Zoo or a water park. Our campers enjoy all aspects of camp programming including lots of active pursuits. Being out in the community is a big part of our program plus providing unique sensory and developmental experiences complete a great camp programming day.

Autism Ontario Adults ‘AOA’ Summer Progra– ages 18+
All participants are supported by their own counsellor who facilitates some great social and recreational experiences that are age appropriate. Attending water parks and rock climbing gyms, swimming and going bowling, these are just some activities that our participants get to enjoy plus making friends and enjoying lots of social time. Each counsellor is specially trained and highly capable and look forward to spending the summer with your young adult.

Summer Youth Progra– ages 14 – 17 years

Focused on volunteer experiences, transit training and social and life skill building, this program is geared to those youth who can function with a 1:2 Mentor to participant ratio. All of our participants experience some hands-on volunteer work at local businesses to help them practice and prepare for an employment opportunity on their own. Coupled with some great social and life skill activities like budgeting, cooking classes and sharing with their peers, this program helps to develop independence and professionalism for our participants.

Social Skills Summer Institut– ages 18+
Building on the learning that has happened through the Summer Youth Program, we can continue the volunteer experiences, resume building and interviewing skills that this population needs assistance with. Fun is also achieved through outings to restaurants, movies and GTA based attractions, while working on our social and life skills. Great relationships are formed with the mentors and fellow participants which continue throughout the year at monthly “hang-outs”.

Website: http://www.belwoodlodgeandcamp.com/ Location:  Belwood, Ontario Price: http://www.belwoodlodgeandcamp.com/#!dates-rates-and-spaces/c1vyi Info: Belwood Lodge and Camp is a residential summer camp dedicated to meeting the summer recreational needs of children, youth and adults who are mentally challenged. Our programs are designed to provide exceptional experiences while ensuring safety and a positive holiday experience. All of our programs (listed below) are completely accessible and made available to all participants.  Belwood Lodge and Camp works with a unique modification policy to adapt our programming to the needs of everyone who attends our camp.  Participation is encouraged and is the key to fostering friendships and memories!

Website: http://www.belwoodlodgeandcamp.com/
Location:  Belwood, Ontario
Price: http://www.belwoodlodgeandcamp.com/#!dates-rates-and-spaces/c1vyi
Info: Belwood Lodge and Camp is a residential summer camp dedicated to meeting the summer recreational needs of children, youth and adults who are mentally challenged. Our programs are designed to provide exceptional experiences while ensuring safety and a positive holiday experience.

All of our programs (listed below) are completely accessible and made available to all participants.  Belwood Lodge and Camp works with a unique modification policy to adapt our programming to the needs of everyone who attends our camp.  Participation is encouraged and is the key to fostering friendships and memories!

Website:  http://www.campaim.ca/ Location: Toronto, Ontario Ages: 18 months - 13 Years Old Price:  http://www.campaim.ca/dates-and-fees Info:  Our experienced staff is trained to ensure that every camper is stimulated to continuously explore new activities while maintaining therapeutic goals in a safe environment.  Our one- to-one ratio of staff to camper ensures an ongoing goal oriented program and that campers are nurtured, supported and encouraged throughout their day. Each camper is assigned a specific counselor who is responsible for safety, therapy follow-up and personalized medical requirements. Your child’s one to one counselor will contact you to introduce herself in June. A pre-camp meet is encouraged to ensure the comfort level of the parents, the child and the counselor. At Camp AIM, our goal is to provide your child with an exceptional camping experience. We look forward to each and every camper reaching new milestones; and even more importantly to the sounds of joy and laughter from all of our children. Camp Programs:  Toddler 18 mos – 3 yrs Our Toddler Program offers services to children ages 18 months to 3 years. Therapies included in this program are OT, PT and Music Therapy. Group activities include circle time, sensory play and plenty of hands on opportunity for sensory and social play. Our warm and caring team of staff are always encouraging and nurturing independence and interactions. Juniors- 3-5 Our Juniors Programs caters to children with a wide range of abilities ages 3 to 4 years. The daily schedule includes all our Therapies and Activities with a large emphasis on group play, communication and self-care skills. Children enrolled in the Junior Program are introduced to new experiences and friends while always having tons of fun! Active Adventures- 3-7 The Active Adventures division is designed for children with developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders. A large emphasis is placed on enhancing daily living skills, independence and behaviour modification. Children in this program benefit from individualized behavior planning overseen by a behaviour therapist as well as daily direct instruction. Music therapy, sensory experiences and a stimulating swim program round out the day. This program is perfect for children who have difficulties communicating and relating to others but still want to have fun! Social Adventures The Social Adventures division is an integrated program servicing children aged 4-8. This group focuses on team work, encouraging social interactions and developing appropriate conversation skills. Emphasis is placed on independent thinking skills, problem solving and self-regulation. Music therapy and circle time give children the opportunity to express emotions, thoughts and ideas. This group also participates in the Life skills program which includes ample opportunity for integration and developing independence. The Social Adventure group is the perfect place for children who need 1:1 assistance in an action packed group setting and who want to have a hands on and fun camp experience. Peers In Play- 5-10 This division is for children who do not require 1:1 assistance. We will be following a Floortime model and emphasizing social skills, independence and problem solving. Includes daily sports and swim instruction. A great program for children who do best in small group settings with consistent scheduling and guidelines. The Peers in Play program gives campers opportunity for self expression through a variety of media such as art, dance, drama and videography. Muscles N Motion- 5-8 The Muscles n Motion division is specifically designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-6 and 7-12 with a physical disability or a complex medical condition. Their daily schedule is jam packed with therapy, activities and FUN! Wheelchair accessible busing, play grounds and facilities makes it possible for this group to take part in all the excitement. Our staff is trained to care for campers using mobility devices, Augmentative communication devices and can administer G-tube feeds and medication. Children in this program benefit from daily Physiotherapy sessions in addition to all our regular therapy groups. A large emphasis is places on life skills, independence and self – care skills. The Muscles n motion groups are always on the move! New experiences, community outings and long lasting friendships are just some of the benefits of this specialized program. Older Division- 8-13 Our older kids are the life of the Camp AIM party! Everyone wants to be in the oldest room and take part in the non stop dancing and action. Our oldest campers act as models for the other division and are often given leadership opportunity. Campers in this division get to do all the regular activities plus more! A generous grant from Care for Kids (Toronto) funds weekly trips and speciality instruction in expressive arts. The older division is a place of friendship, love and enthusiasm.

Website:  http://www.campaim.ca/
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Ages: 18 months - 13 Years Old
Price:  http://www.campaim.ca/dates-and-fees
Info:  Our experienced staff is trained to ensure that every camper is stimulated to continuously explore new activities while maintaining therapeutic goals in a safe environment.  Our one- to-one ratio of staff to camper ensures an ongoing goal oriented program and that campers are nurtured, supported and encouraged throughout their day.

Each camper is assigned a specific counselor who is responsible for safety, therapy follow-up and personalized medical requirements. Your child’s one to one counselor will contact you to introduce herself in June. A pre-camp meet is encouraged to ensure the comfort level of the parents, the child and the counselor.

At Camp AIM, our goal is to provide your child with an exceptional camping experience. We look forward to each and every camper reaching new milestones; and even more importantly to the sounds of joy and laughter from all of our children.

Camp Programs: 

Toddler 18 mos – 3 yrs

Our Toddler Program offers services to children ages 18 months to 3 years. Therapies included in this program are OT, PT and Music Therapy. Group activities include circle time, sensory play and plenty of hands on opportunity for sensory and social play. Our warm and caring team of staff are always encouraging and nurturing independence and interactions.

Juniors- 3-5

Our Juniors Programs caters to children with a wide range of abilities ages 3 to 4 years. The daily schedule includes all our Therapies and Activities with a large emphasis on group play, communication and self-care skills. Children enrolled in the Junior Program are introduced to new experiences and friends while always having tons of fun!

Active Adventures- 3-7

The Active Adventures division is designed for children with developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders. A large emphasis is placed on enhancing daily living skills, independence and behaviour modification. Children in this program benefit from individualized behavior planning overseen by a behaviour therapist as well as daily direct instruction. Music therapy, sensory experiences and a stimulating swim program round out the day. This program is perfect for children who have difficulties communicating and relating to others but still want to have fun!

Social Adventures

The Social Adventures division is an integrated program servicing children aged 4-8. This group focuses on team work, encouraging social interactions and developing appropriate conversation skills. Emphasis is placed on independent thinking skills, problem solving and self-regulation. Music therapy and circle time give children the opportunity to express emotions, thoughts and ideas. This group also participates in the Life skills program which includes ample opportunity for integration and developing independence. The Social Adventure group is the perfect place for children who need 1:1 assistance in an action packed group setting and who want to have a hands on and fun camp experience.

Peers In Play- 5-10

This division is for children who do not require 1:1 assistance. We will be following a Floortime model and emphasizing social skills, independence and problem solving. Includes daily sports and swim instruction. A great program for children who do best in small group settings with consistent scheduling and guidelines. The Peers in Play program gives campers opportunity for self expression through a variety of media such as art, dance, drama and videography.

Muscles N Motion- 5-8

The Muscles n Motion division is specifically designed to meet the needs of children aged 4-6 and 7-12 with a physical disability or a complex medical condition. Their daily schedule is jam packed with therapy, activities and FUN! Wheelchair accessible busing, play grounds and facilities makes it possible for this group to take part in all the excitement. Our staff is trained to care for campers using mobility devices, Augmentative communication devices and can administer G-tube feeds and medication. Children in this program benefit from daily Physiotherapy sessions in addition to all our regular therapy groups. A large emphasis is places on life skills, independence and self – care skills. The Muscles n motion groups are always on the move! New experiences, community outings and long lasting friendships are just some of the benefits of this specialized program.

Older Division- 8-13

Our older kids are the life of the Camp AIM party! Everyone wants to be in the oldest room and take part in the non stop dancing and action. Our oldest campers act as models for the other division and are often given leadership opportunity. Campers in this division get to do all the regular activities plus more! A generous grant from Care for Kids (Toronto) funds weekly trips and speciality instruction in expressive arts. The older division is a place of friendship, love and enthusiasm.

Website:  www.campcouchiching.com Location: Longford Mills, Ontario Ages: 6-16 years old Name of Camp: Pathways Program Camp Programs: http://www.campcouchiching.com/coochinorillia/default.asp?pID=77 Info: The Camp Couchiching Pathways Program is devoted to helping those campers who need some extra support during their time at camp.  Whether these campers require their own personal support worker or just some help in the cabin, children in this program can experience camp in a fully inclusive environment.  Equipped with an all-terrain wheelchair and additional medical staff, we are confident we can meet the needs of any child.  For more information about the Pathways Program, Please call our office. http://www.campcouchiching.com/coochinorillia/myfiles/Booklet2015%20final%20pdf.pdf

Website:  www.campcouchiching.com
Location: Longford Mills, Ontario
Ages: 6-16 years old
Name of Camp: Pathways Program
Camp Programs: http://www.campcouchiching.com/coochinorillia/default.asp?pID=77
Info: The Camp Couchiching Pathways Program is devoted to helping those campers who need some extra support during their time at camp.  Whether these campers require their own personal support worker or just some help in the cabin, children in this program can experience camp in a fully inclusive environment.  Equipped with an all-terrain wheelchair and additional medical staff, we are confident we can meet the needs of any child.  For more information about the Pathways Program, Please call our office.

http://www.campcouchiching.com/coochinorillia/myfiles/Booklet2015%20final%20pdf.pdf

Website: http://www.campthrive.com/ Location:  105261 Southgate Rd. Conn R3, Ont  N0G 1N0 Prices: http://www.campthrive.com/#!camp-dates-and-fees/c11wt Registration: http://www.campthrive.com/#!registernow/cvjn Info:  Camp Thrive is a year round respite centre and summer camp affiliated with ISAND (www.isand.ca) that is situated on roughly 100 acres of land approximately 1 hour north of Toronto. Our 2015 summer and respite programs are:  iCan Communicate 2 (summer program) -  Sunday, June 28th - Saturday, July 18th (3 weeks) The augmentative communication program iCan Communicate 2 will have an emphasis on utilizing different communicative apps to teach language expression and development through an assistive device. The major goal of this is to teach each individual skills and methods that allow them to better express their emotions, their opinions and things they see and want that may be causing anxiety or OCD. This provides each attendee an outlet to express what may be aggravating, intriguing and/or worrying them. This program will also provide iPad apps that structure both micro and macro schedules. This will lay a foundation to enhance the independence of each attendee while also alleviating anxiety and OCD by showing in detail what is to come and expected in each attendee’s day and week. This combination will provide each person with an intensive multi-week experience where much of the communication by both staff and clients will be required to be done through the app program.  Skills at Work (summer program) - The Skills at Work session will focus on job training in skilled positions (carpentry, agriculture, culinary arts & applied arts ) and the teaching of different life skills that will lay a foundation for them to be transferred to a paid workplace position. Each client will spend their days rotating in different workplace stations that focus on agriculture, woodworking projects, varying property maintenance, animal farming and cooking. Staff will teach an array of different skills through this method and will be able to test and push the range of each client to see what they enjoy most and areas they excel in. In between work programs, there will be activities in place to promote inclusion and teamwork. This part will emphasize on the importance of maintaining good relationships with the people you work with and building friendships with your co-workers. During the 1st week; campers will have a chance to get to know each camp specialization and decide which one that they like the most! Sibling Awareness (weekend respite) Fragile X (weekend respite) Down Syndrome (weekend respite)

Website: http://www.campthrive.com/
Location:  105261 Southgate Rd. Conn R3, Ont  N0G 1N0
Prices: http://www.campthrive.com/#!camp-dates-and-fees/c11wt
Registration: http://www.campthrive.com/#!registernow/cvjn
Info:  Camp Thrive is a year round respite centre and summer camp affiliated with ISAND (www.isand.ca) that is situated on roughly 100 acres of land approximately 1 hour north of Toronto.


Our 2015 summer and respite programs are:

 iCan Communicate 2 (summer program)Sunday, June 28th - Saturday, July 18th (3 weeks)

The augmentative communication program iCan Communicate 2 will have an emphasis on utilizing different communicative apps to teach language expression and development through an assistive device. The major goal of this is to teach each individual skills and methods that allow them to better express their emotions, their opinions and things they see and want that may be causing anxiety or OCD. This provides each attendee an outlet to express what may be aggravating, intriguing and/or worrying them. This program will also provide iPad apps that structure both micro and macro schedules. This will lay a foundation to enhance the independence of each attendee while also alleviating anxiety and OCD by showing in detail what is to come and expected in each attendee’s day and week. This combination will provide each person with an intensive multi-week experience where much of the communication by both staff and clients will be required to be done through the app program.

 Skills at Work (summer program) -

The Skills at Work session will focus on job training in skilled positions (carpentry, agriculture, culinary arts & applied arts ) and the teaching of different life skills that will lay a foundation for them to be transferred to a paid workplace position. Each client will spend their days rotating in different workplace stations that focus on agriculture, woodworking projects, varying property maintenance, animal farming and cooking. Staff will teach an array of different skills through this method and will be able to test and push the range of each client to see what they enjoy most and areas they excel in. In between work programs, there will be activities in place to promote inclusion and teamwork. This part will emphasize on the importance of maintaining good relationships with the people you work with and building friendships with your co-workers.

During the 1st week; campers will have a chance to get to know each camp specialization and decide which one that they like the most!

Sibling Awareness (weekend respite)

Fragile X (weekend respite)

Down Syndrome (weekend respite)

Website: http://campwinston.com/services-2/summer-camp/ Location: Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario Price: http://campwinston.com/fees-and-subsidies/ Info:  Camp Winston provides inspiring recreational opportunities for kids with complex neurological disorders who need highly specialized support. Located on beautiful Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario, we operate a summer camp, weekend retreats and week-long retreats throughout the year. Camp Winston’s primary focus is to set our children up for success. We operate four, two-week summer sessions attended by about 145 campers aged 7 – 13 years from across Canada.  Campers may then continue in the Camp Winston community in our Teen Program for ages 14 – 17. In most cases, this is the first time in their lives they feel welcome and secure enough to participate without being rejected or alienated by their peers. Campers have a complex combination of neurological disorders which include: Autism Spectrum Disorders Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Tourette’s Disorder Learning Disabilities Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Campers are encouraged and supported as they participate; often for the first time – in various recreational activities including various sports, swimming, tubing, kayak and canoeing, crafts, theatre, ropes courses, nature studies and canoe trips. While having fun, they learn vital social and gross motor skills specific to their needs. Our Camp offers a unique opportunity for these children to participate in specialized programs with mature, professional, well trained staff. Our counsellors and activity instructors are older and more experienced, and we have a high ratio of counsellors to campers which allow on-to-one support.  

Website: http://campwinston.com/services-2/summer-camp/
Location: Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario
Price: http://campwinston.com/fees-and-subsidies/
Info:  Camp Winston provides inspiring recreational opportunities for kids with complex neurological disorders who need highly specialized support. Located on beautiful Sparrow Lake in the Muskoka region of Ontario, we operate a summer camp, weekend retreats and week-long retreats throughout the year. Camp Winston’s primary focus is to set our children up for success. We operate four, two-week summer sessions attended by about 145 campers aged 7 – 13 years from across Canada.  Campers may then continue in the Camp Winston community in our Teen Program for ages 14 – 17. In most cases, this is the first time in their lives they feel welcome and secure enough to participate without being rejected or alienated by their peers.

Campers have a complex combination of neurological disorders which include:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Tourette’s Disorder
Learning Disabilities
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Campers are encouraged and supported as they participate; often for the first time – in various recreational activities including various sports, swimming, tubing, kayak and canoeing, crafts, theatre, ropes courses, nature studies and canoe trips. While having fun, they learn vital social and gross motor skills specific to their needs.

Our Camp offers a unique opportunity for these children to participate in specialized programs with mature, professional, well trained staff. Our counsellors and activity instructors are older and more experienced, and we have a high ratio of counsellors to campers which allow on-to-one support.
 

Website: www.camprobinhood.ca Location:  Markham, Ontario Fees: http://www.camprobinhood.ca/documents/Fees&Dates-Nov.pdf Info:  Camp Robin Hood is the oldest private day camp in Canada and also the first camp in the country to provide fully integrated grouping and a fully integrated camp environment. Currently approximately 10% of our campers and 10% of our staff have identified special needs. We accommodate many different needs including cognitive, behavioral, developmental and physical (our facilities are 100% wheelchair accessible). Surrounded by farmland, this Day Camp has the look and feel of an overnight camp! Activities include crafts, sports, dance, canoeing, and swimming instruction. Canada’s oldest and largest private Day Camp features enthusiastic, well-trained staff that focuses on educating children while developing life-skills. At Robin Hood Sports Academy, children develop sports skills in an inclusive All-Sport program while being cared for by a hands-on coaching staff. All food is Kosher/nut-free.

Website: www.camprobinhood.ca
Location:  Markham, Ontario
Fees: http://www.camprobinhood.ca/documents/Fees&Dates-Nov.pdf
Info:  Camp Robin Hood is the oldest private day camp in Canada and also the first camp in the country to provide fully integrated grouping and a fully integrated camp environment. Currently approximately 10% of our campers and 10% of our staff have identified special needs. We accommodate many different needs including cognitive, behavioral, developmental and physical (our facilities are 100% wheelchair accessible).

Surrounded by farmland, this Day Camp has the look and feel of an overnight camp! Activities include crafts, sports, dance, canoeing, and swimming instruction. Canada’s oldest and largest private Day Camp features enthusiastic, well-trained staff that focuses on educating children while developing life-skills. At Robin Hood Sports Academy, children develop sports skills in an inclusive All-Sport program while being cared for by a hands-on coaching staff. All food is Kosher/nut-free.

Website: http://www.zooecoadventures.com/animal-buddies/ Location: Bowmanville Zoo, Ontario Ages: 4-16, Autism Price: http://www.zooecoadventures.com/parents/fees_discounts/ Info: Looking for a summer camp where kids with an ASD can have fun, learn, be included, belong in a group …and pet a lemur? …feed a giraffe? …or sing along with a dingo?  You’ve come to the right place – Bowmanville Zoo has launched a brand new program this year as part of our Eco-Adventure Camp, tailored to the needs of children living with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their families. Research and studies have shown amazing responses and results in people living with ASDs or other mental disorders in relation to their direct interaction with animals.  In some cases, they have spoken, laughed, touched, or otherwise expressed emotions or feelings they’ve never shown before. Animal Buddies at Eco-Adventure Camp offers an opportunity for every child to celebrate and explore the animal-human bond. Through environmental studies, animal husbandry skills, one-on-one interactions with animals, as well as important lessons on our role in the environment, campers will learn about our effects on the flora and fauna, and what we can do about it! Providing respite and social skill building, the Animal Buddies program encourages campers to enjoy a welcoming, inclusive community among the other campers, with appropriate support from our trained counsellors.  Children will have the opportunity to build relationships with new friends and experience unique encounters with our exotic animals and their keepers, in a safe environment.

Website: http://www.zooecoadventures.com/animal-buddies/
Location: Bowmanville Zoo, Ontario
Ages: 4-16, Autism
Price: http://www.zooecoadventures.com/parents/fees_discounts/
Info: Looking for a summer camp where kids with an ASD can have fun, learn, be included, belong in a group …and pet a lemur? …feed a giraffe? …or sing along with a dingo?  You’ve come to the right place – Bowmanville Zoo has launched a brand new program this year as part of our Eco-Adventure Camp, tailored to the needs of children living with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and their families.

Research and studies have shown amazing responses and results in people living with ASDs or other mental disorders in relation to their direct interaction with animals.  In some cases, they have spoken, laughed, touched, or otherwise expressed emotions or feelings they’ve never shown before.

Animal Buddies at Eco-Adventure Camp offers an opportunity for every child to celebrate and explore the animal-human bond. Through environmental studies, animal husbandry skills, one-on-one interactions with animals, as well as important lessons on our role in the environment, campers will learn about our effects on the flora and fauna, and what we can do about it!

Providing respite and social skill building, the Animal Buddies program encourages campers to enjoy a welcoming, inclusive community among the other campers, with appropriate support from our trained counsellors.  Children will have the opportunity to build relationships with new friends and experience unique encounters with our exotic animals and their keepers, in a safe environment.

Website: http://www.childrenatrisk.ca/servicesCampKaleidoscope.php Location:  Ottawa, Ontario Fees: With the high level of supervision and experienced staff, Camp Kaleidoscope's parental contribution per 5-day week would have been $500. However, due to the generous funding of our donors – who, along with Children at Risk, wish to assist the Autism Community families with camp opportunities that are affordable and accessible, we are able to offer the following rates: $375 for Full Week, $300 for 4-day week. *NEW* - Due to High Demand & Limited Funding, Only 2 weeks can be offered at above super-subsidized price – additional weeks may be offered (contingent upon camper’s needs, staff availability & funding) at $500/week ($400 for week #4) Info: Individuals with any level of Autism have difficulty with Summer Camps due to their social and communication deficits as well as their unique behavioural challenges. Add in “Severe” Autism and “High Needs” and the situation is immeasurable in complexity. To adequately service the target clientele the camp needs to be a “specialized camp”. We would also like to note here that we differentiate between level of functionality and need, as we had many Campers last year who had diagnosis of high-functioning Autism and/or Asperger Syndrome – but also were high-needs due to behavioural challenges, often making it difficult for them to participate in a camp for typically-developing children. Our Camp employs qualified, experienced staff and offers a 1:1 and 2:1 supervision ratio. Ages 4-20+.

Website: http://www.childrenatrisk.ca/servicesCampKaleidoscope.php

Location:  Ottawa, Ontario
Fees: With the high level of supervision and experienced staff, Camp Kaleidoscope's parental contribution per 5-day week would have been $500. However, due to the generous funding of our donors – who, along with Children at Risk, wish to assist the Autism Community families with camp opportunities that are affordable and accessible, we are able to offer the following rates: $375 for Full Week, $300 for 4-day week.

*NEW* - Due to High Demand & Limited Funding, Only 2 weeks can be offered at above super-subsidized price – additional weeks may be offered (contingent upon camper’s needs, staff availability & funding) at $500/week ($400 for week #4)
Info: Individuals with any level of Autism have difficulty with Summer Camps due to their social and communication deficits as well as their unique behavioural challenges. Add in “Severe” Autism and “High Needs” and the situation is immeasurable in complexity. To adequately service the target clientele the camp needs to be a “specialized camp”.

We would also like to note here that we differentiate between level of functionality and need, as we had many Campers last year who had diagnosis of high-functioning Autism and/or Asperger Syndrome – but also were high-needs due to behavioural challenges, often making it difficult for them to participate in a camp for typically-developing children.

Our Camp employs qualified, experienced staff and offers a 1:1 and 2:1 supervision ratio. Ages 4-20+.

Website: http://grandviewkids.ca/programs/therapeutic-recreation Ages: 4-19 years old Price: $180-$215/week Location: Oshawa, Ontario Programs: https://gccrecreation.grandviewcc.ca/Programs.aspx Info:  Grandview Children's Centre is a fully accredited Children’s Treatment Centre. Grandview provides a range of specialized paediatric habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports for children and youth living in Durham Region who have special needs. Grandview’s Therapeutic Recreation summer camp program is offered for children and youth living in Durham Region with special needs. Campers thrive in a 3:1 camper: counsellor ratio. Camp staff includes nursing students who provide personal care support which includes assistance with: toileting, feeding and g-tube feeds. Camps are held at Grandview’s Oshawa site for children ages 4 – 7 yrs. Older campers enjoy camp in community recreation centres. All camps provide a safe and stimulating environment for campers to have fun and while participating in a broad range of activities that includes: cooperative games, music, swimming, sports, interactive play and opportunities for creative expression. Activities support the camp goals of the development of recreation participation skills including peer interaction, play skills, turn taking, group participation and recreation activity skills. Parents receive a written report that outlines their child’s progress during camp with recommendations for future participation in recreation activities.    

Website: http://grandviewkids.ca/programs/therapeutic-recreation
Ages: 4-19 years old
Price: $180-$215/week
Location: Oshawa, Ontario
Programshttps://gccrecreation.grandviewcc.ca/Programs.aspx
Info:  Grandview Children's Centre is a fully accredited Children’s Treatment Centre. Grandview provides a range of specialized paediatric habilitation and rehabilitation services and supports for children and youth living in Durham Region who have special needs. Grandview’s Therapeutic Recreation summer camp program is offered for children and youth living in Durham Region with special needs.
Campers thrive in a 3:1 camper: counsellor ratio. Camp staff includes nursing students who provide personal care support which includes assistance with: toileting, feeding and g-tube feeds. Camps are held at Grandview’s Oshawa site for children ages 4 – 7 yrs. Older campers enjoy camp in community recreation centres.
All camps provide a safe and stimulating environment for campers to have fun and while participating in a broad range of activities that includes: cooperative games, music, swimming, sports, interactive play and opportunities for creative expression. Activities support the camp goals of the development of recreation participation skills including peer interaction, play skills, turn taking, group participation and recreation activity skills.
Parents receive a written report that outlines their child’s progress during camp with recommendations for future participation in recreation activities.

 

 

Website: https://lhldc.com/ Location: 219 Old Yonge Street, Aurora, ON Ages: 6-13 years old Info:  All of our staff are trained Autism therapists with a minimum of 5 years direct therapy experience.  We specialize in providing a safe, fun and engaging program to children of all abilities.  The Lighthouse Learning and Development is proud to offer March Break and summer day camps for children of all abilities. Led by staff with special education and direct autism therapy experience, these inclusive camps are jam packed with indoor and outdoor activities for your 6-­13 year old including: Arts and crafts No bake baking Science experiments Yoga Games Drama Social skill development An end of the week carnival  

Website: https://lhldc.com/

Location: 219 Old Yonge Street, Aurora, ON
Ages: 6-13 years old
Info:  All of our staff are trained Autism therapists with a minimum of 5 years direct therapy experience.  We specialize in providing a safe, fun and engaging program to children of all abilities. 

The Lighthouse Learning and Development is proud to offer March Break and summer day camps for children of all abilities. Led by staff with special education and direct autism therapy experience, these inclusive camps are jam packed with indoor and outdoor activities for your 6-­13 year old including:

Arts and crafts

No bake baking

Science experiments

Yoga

Games

Drama

Social skill development

An end of the week carnival

 

  Website: http://www.danceabilitymovement.com/ Location: We are offering week-long day camps at two locations, Mississauga and Milton.  We are also offering once a week evening classes at four locations, Mississauga, Milton, Alliston, ,Toronto,Bradford, Richmond Hill and Hamilton.  See this link for dates and locations:  Registration: http://www.danceabilitymovement.com/index.php/summer-programs/ Programs:  Half Day Camps including – Dancing Through Life (Teen-Young Adult):  This half-day camp is dedicated to teens and young adults who love to move and are looking to develop life skills in meal planning and preparation, relationship-building, healthy living, and self-confidence through the shared experience of dance. Dancers will create and organize a showcase including their own choreography to perform at the end of the week. – Set the Stage (Pre-school and School Age): This morning camp is dedicated to pre-school and school age children preparing for school in the fall. Children will have opportunities to develop both Fine & Gross Motor Skills through the use of dance and the Handwriting Without Tears Program.  Occupational Therapists will provide direct support to enhance your child’s pre-printing and/or printing abilities. A great way to practice school skills over the summer in a fun and motivating environment! – NEW!! Art Expressions (Kids ages 7+): This afternoon camp provides an opportunity to participate in and learn various art forms as a means of self-expression.  This camp is ABILITIES focused, and classes are structured to provide the just-right level of challenge for each individual participant.  Participants will be exposed to various dance forms, musical rhythms, and visual arts activities.  Emphasis is placed on developing ways to self-express through the arts, building confidence, learning new skills, making new friends, and most of all having FUN!

 

Website: http://www.danceabilitymovement.com/

Location: We are offering week-long day camps at two locations, Mississauga and Milton.  We are also offering once a week evening classes at four locations, Mississauga, Milton, Alliston, ,Toronto,Bradford, Richmond Hill and Hamilton.  See this link for dates and locations: 
Registration: http://www.danceabilitymovement.com/index.php/summer-programs/

Programs: 

Half Day Camps including

– Dancing Through Life (Teen-Young Adult):  This half-day camp is dedicated to teens and young adults who love to move and are looking to develop life skills in meal planning and preparation, relationship-building, healthy living, and self-confidence through the shared experience of dance. Dancers will create and organize a showcase including their own choreography to perform at the end of the week.

– Set the Stage (Pre-school and School Age): This morning camp is dedicated to pre-school and school age children preparing for school in the fall. Children will have opportunities to develop both Fine & Gross Motor Skills through the use of dance and the Handwriting Without Tears Program.  Occupational Therapists will provide direct support to enhance your child’s pre-printing and/or printing abilities. A great way to practice school skills over the summer in a fun and motivating environment!

– NEW!! Art Expressions (Kids ages 7+): This afternoon camp provides an opportunity to participate in and learn various art forms as a means of self-expression.  This camp is ABILITIES focused, and classes are structured to provide the just-right level of challenge for each individual participant.  Participants will be exposed to various dance forms, musical rhythms, and visual arts activities.  Emphasis is placed on developing ways to self-express through the arts, building confidence, learning new skills, making new friends, and most of all having FUN!

Website: http://www.oelccaso.com/ Location: 7098 Rama Road, Longford Mills, Ontario Ages:  Students in grades 9-12; Grade 6 students (gifted) Registration: http://www.oelccaso.com/leadership-courses Info: We provide leadership courses in many different areas but one program that we are particularly proud of is our Secondary Growing Leadership course. This is focused on students in Grades 9 – 12 from across the province who, in general terms, access special learning supports/services. There are more criteria (listed on our website) to assist with identifying suitable participants. This course runs from May 7 – May 11 and all of our staff are top teachers who are released from their duties to facilitate this program.  Most are qualified with their Special Ed certifications and all are deeply committed to maximizing the potential of these often underserved and more ‘non-traditional’ leaders.  The students develop a belief in their own abilities, self-advocacy, communication and collaborative skills.  We hear wonderfully rewarding stories of their personal growth on their return to schools. There is more information on our website (www.oelccaso.com).  Here is the direct link to this Secondary Growing Leadership course. You will see that there is a cost for this course.  We are a not-for-profit so we try to keep it as affordable as possible.  We also offer bursary aid to lessen the financial barriers within our own capacities. Programs:  Grade 6 Leadership for Innovation and Creativity was formerly called Leadership for the Intellectually Curious Learner.  It is offered to Grade 6 students who may be described as just that - intellectually curious and is geared for those who thrive when given opportunities to be innovative and creative as they explore relevant and exciting issues in their world. The course is designed to engage students in a journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they develop the leadership skills necessary to effectively combine their ‘gift(s) with their passions’ to make positive contributions to the world. This course is also appropriate for those students who are identified as gifted. Students will be involved in leadership development sessions and social justice workshops as well as a range of optional outdoor recreational activities.  Please note (new this year!).  Teachers are welcome to come to this course with a group of students from their school.  Perhaps consider bringing a contingent of Grade 6 students who would benefit from developing leadership competencies that they can take back to their schools. http://www.oelccaso.com/leadership-courses/course-detail/9bbdd041-f1fd-43c3-b4d5-7be91e415f6e

Website: http://www.oelccaso.com/
Location: 7098 Rama Road, Longford Mills, Ontario
Ages:  Students in grades 9-12; Grade 6 students (gifted)
Registration: 
http://www.oelccaso.com/leadership-courses
Info: We provide leadership courses in many different areas but one program that we are particularly proud of is our Secondary Growing Leadership course.

This is focused on students in Grades 9 – 12 from across the province who, in general terms, access special learning supports/services.

There are more criteria (listed on our website) to assist with identifying suitable participants.

This course runs from May 7 – May 11 and all of our staff are top teachers who are released from their duties to facilitate this program.  Most are qualified with their Special Ed certifications and all are deeply committed to maximizing the potential of these often underserved and more ‘non-traditional’ leaders.  The students develop a belief in their own abilities, self-advocacy, communication and collaborative skills.  We hear wonderfully rewarding stories of their personal growth on their return to schools.

There is more information on our website (www.oelccaso.com).  Here is the direct link to this Secondary Growing Leadership course.

You will see that there is a cost for this course.  We are a not-for-profit so we try to keep it as affordable as possible.  We also offer bursary aid to lessen the financial barriers within our own capacities.
Programs:  Grade 6 Leadership for Innovation and Creativity was formerly called Leadership for the Intellectually Curious Learner.  It is offered to Grade 6 students who may be described as just that - intellectually curious and is geared for those who thrive when given opportunities to be innovative and creative as they explore relevant and exciting issues in their world. The course is designed to engage students in a journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they develop the leadership skills necessary to effectively combine their ‘gift(s) with their passions’ to make positive contributions to the world. This course is also appropriate for those students who are identified as gifted. Students will be involved in leadership development sessions and social justice workshops as well as a range of optional outdoor recreational activities. 

Please note (new this year!).  Teachers are welcome to come to this course with a group of students from their school.  Perhaps consider bringing a contingent of Grade 6 students who would benefit from developing leadership competencies that they can take back to their schools.

http://www.oelccaso.com/leadership-courses/course-detail/9bbdd041-f1fd-43c3-b4d5-7be91e415f6e

Website: http://www.the-west.ca/class/fitness/kids-yoga Location: 1109 North Service Road East, Oakville, Ontario Ages: 4-12 Price: http://www.the-west.ca/class/fitness/kids-yoga Program Info:   JAI YOGA (SPECIAL NEEDS) Yoga to start the day is a wonderful way to get the body going. Encourage better sleep habits , tones muscles and builds strength “I don’t know about you, but my son and my mind is always steadier and calmer after doing my favourite Jai Yoga class. If you start your day by calming your body and your mind through Jai Yoga, there is a greater chance that you will maintain a calm mind throughout your day!!” - Patrick Jai Yoga is a healthy method to get the kids up and about, stretching and toning those muscles, while listening to soft music and learning from an incredible instructor.  Sasha, brings a loving vibration to her class that encourages growth, builds self-esteem and is lots of fun. Playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques, sprinkled with music, crafts, and books. We’ll spark the child’s inner yogi while enhancing language development, motor coordination, self-expression and play skills. As well, partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire positive peer interactions that they can carry into their everyday lives. Classes are an equal balance between active & passive poses. “Special Needs” is a broadly used term to describe a vast array of diagnoses and conditions. There may be physical, sensory, social, communicative, cognitive, behavioural or emotional barriers, which inhibit an individual's ability to fully express who they are and acknowledge how they learn. Yoga helps students achieve skills that they can then use in all facets of their lives. Breathing exercises and relaxation help a child's concentration, their respiratory system, reduces hyperactivity, fear and stress and releases tension - and it helps to enrich the quality and quantity of sleep. (45 minute sessions)  

Website: http://www.the-west.ca/class/fitness/kids-yoga
Location: 1109 North Service Road East, Oakville, Ontario
Ages: 4-12
Price: http://www.the-west.ca/class/fitness/kids-yoga

Program Info:  

JAI YOGA (SPECIAL NEEDS)

Yoga to start the day is a wonderful way to get the body going. Encourage better sleep habits , tones muscles and builds strength

“I don’t know about you, but my son and my mind is always steadier and calmer after doing my favourite Jai Yoga class. If you start your day by calming your body and your mind through Jai Yoga, there is a greater chance that you will maintain a calm mind throughout your day!!” - Patrick

Jai Yoga is a healthy method to get the kids up and about, stretching and toning those muscles, while listening to soft music and learning from an incredible instructor.  Sasha, brings a loving vibration to her class that encourages growth, builds self-esteem and is lots of fun. Playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques, sprinkled with music, crafts, and books. We’ll spark the child’s inner yogi while enhancing language development, motor coordination, self-expression and play skills. As well, partner poses and cooperative yoga games inspire positive peer interactions that they can carry into their everyday lives. Classes are an equal balance between active & passive poses.

“Special Needs” is a broadly used term to describe a vast array of diagnoses and conditions. There may be physical, sensory, social, communicative, cognitive, behavioural or emotional barriers, which inhibit an individual's ability to fully express who they are and acknowledge how they learn. Yoga helps students achieve skills that they can then use in all facets of their lives. Breathing exercises and relaxation help a child's concentration, their respiratory system, reduces hyperactivity, fear and stress and releases tension - and it helps to enrich the quality and quantity of sleep. (45 minute sessions)

 

Website/Brochure: http://hollandbloorview.ca/Assets/website/documents/Programs%20and%20Services%20Documents/Music%20and%20Arts/Music%20and%20Arts%202016%20Brochure.pdf Ages: 6 - 18 Registration: Print out and complete a registration form, found on our website at www.hollandbloorview.ca/arts and return it by mail, hand delivery or fax. To protect you and your child’s personal health information, please do not e-mail the form. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital c/o Music and Arts 150 Kilgour Rd. Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Fax: (416) 422-7037 Info: We offer fee-for-service music and art programs for children and youth with special needs, up to the age of 21 and their siblings. • Group programs, 1:1 music therapy and adapted music education • Dance Theatre Camp • Spiral Garden (integrated program for participants with and without special needs) Please see program information for specif Integration at Spiral Garden Participants with and without special needs come to the program without assigned groups. It creates ample opportunity for making new friends and learning about each other. If needed, staff are always around to help facilitate conversations and interactions in the celebration of all that makes us different and unique.

Website/Brochure: http://hollandbloorview.ca/Assets/website/documents/Programs%20and%20Services%20Documents/Music%20and%20Arts/Music%20and%20Arts%202016%20Brochure.pdf

Ages: 6 - 18
Registration: Print out and complete a registration form, found on our website at www.hollandbloorview.ca/arts and return it by mail, hand delivery or fax. To protect you and your child’s personal health information, please do not e-mail the form. Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital c/o Music and Arts 150 Kilgour Rd. Toronto, ON M4G 1R8 Fax: (416) 422-7037
Info: We offer fee-for-service music and art programs for children and youth with special needs, up to the age of 21 and their siblings. • Group programs, 1:1 music therapy and adapted music education • Dance Theatre Camp • Spiral Garden (integrated program for participants with and without special needs) Please see program information for specif

Integration at Spiral Garden Participants with and without special needs come to the program without assigned groups. It creates ample opportunity for making new friends and learning about each other. If needed, staff are always around to help facilitate conversations and interactions in the celebration of all that makes us different and unique.

Website: http://fiddleheadcarefarm.com/ Location: 426059 25th Sideroad, Mono, ON L9V 1E2 (Dufferin County) Ages: Ages 6 and up Price:  $350.00 per week (discount for multiple weeks) 2016 Dates: July 25-29, August 15-19, August 22-26 Registration: http://fiddleheadcarefarm.com/camper-registration/ Info:  Fiddlehead Care Farm offers year round programs and services targeted at improving our members' physical, spiritual, psychosocial and mental health so they can reach their potentials and become their best self. Our summer camp is an integrated and accessible farming, science and nature day camp for children ages 6 and up. This low ratio, supportive camp for kids with unique physical and psychosocial needs is run by experienced therapists on organic farmland in Mono, ON. Fiddlehead Care Farm's mission is to give children, youth and young adults with varying abilities the opportunity to learn, experience and grow without boundaries. Programming: Harnessing the healing power of nature through; Wild crafting Life on the farm and healthy eating Nature exploration Coping, self-esteem, social skills Music, yoga, gardening and much mor

Website: http://fiddleheadcarefarm.com/
Location: 426059 25th Sideroad, Mono, ON L9V 1E2 (Dufferin County)
Ages: Ages 6 and up
Price:  $350.00 per week (discount for multiple weeks)
2016 Dates: July 25-29, August 15-19, August 22-26
Registration: http://fiddleheadcarefarm.com/camper-registration/
Info:  Fiddlehead Care Farm offers year round programs and services targeted at improving our members' physical, spiritual, psychosocial and mental health so they can reach their potentials and become their best self. Our summer camp is an integrated and accessible farming, science and nature day camp for children ages 6 and up. This low ratio, supportive camp for kids with unique physical and psychosocial needs is run by experienced therapists on organic farmland in Mono, ON. Fiddlehead Care Farm's mission is to give children, youth and young adults with varying abilities the opportunity to learn, experience and grow without boundaries.

Programming:

Harnessing the healing power of nature through;

Wild crafting

Life on the farm and healthy eating

Nature exploration

Coping, self-esteem, social skills

Music, yoga, gardening and much mor

Website: http://rockonline.ca/events/camp-unity-halton/ Location:  530 Cumberland Ave., Burlington, Ontario Cost: $200/week Registration: http://rockonline.ca/events/camp-unity-halton/ Age: Camp Unity Halton is a supportive and engaging learning environment that nurtures success for children/youth aged 6-16 diagnosed with or without Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Program Info:  This camp is modelled after Camp Unity in Brantford, operated by Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Camp Unity provides a 4-week summer program with a supportive 2:1 ratio for children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or children with like symptoms. As well, Camp Unity provides supportive respite to families by decreasing conflict/stress within the home environment as children and youth are positively engaged throughout the daytime hours. There are many partners involved in the success of this camp including Halton Region, Woodview, Nelson Youth Centre, ROCK, and Halton Catholic District School Board.

Website: http://rockonline.ca/events/camp-unity-halton/
Location:  530 Cumberland Ave., Burlington, Ontario
Cost: $200/week
Registration: http://rockonline.ca/events/camp-unity-halton/
Age: Camp Unity Halton is a supportive and engaging learning environment that nurtures success for children/youth aged 6-16 diagnosed with or without Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Program Info: 

This camp is modelled after Camp Unity in Brantford, operated by Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

Camp Unity provides a 4-week summer program with a supportive 2:1 ratio for children and youth with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or children with like symptoms. As well, Camp Unity provides supportive respite to families by decreasing conflict/stress within the home environment as children and youth are positively engaged throughout the daytime hours. There are many partners involved in the success of this camp including Halton Region, Woodview, Nelson Youth Centre, ROCK, and Halton Catholic District School Board.

Website: http://www.ooch.org/camp/camp Location:  4256 Highway 141, Rosseau, Ontario Registration: http://www.ooch.org/camp/camp/ooch-programs Ages: Kids (4-12) with and affected by childhood cancer, their siblings and their families. Some campers are newly diagnosed and on active treatment and some have been in remission for years. Program Info:  Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.    

Website: http://www.ooch.org/camp/camp
Location:  4256 Highway 141, Rosseau, Ontario
Registration: http://www.ooch.org/camp/camp/ooch-programs
Ages: Kids (4-12) with and affected by childhood cancer, their siblings and their families. Some campers are newly diagnosed and on active treatment and some have been in remission for years.
Program Info:  Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) is a privately funded, volunteer-based organization that provides kids with and affected by childhood cancer with unique opportunities for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences.


 

 

Website: http://www.ldatd.on.ca/ Location: 121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203, Toronto, Ontario Age: 7-13 Price: $350 per week Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm Program Information:  2 programs available Summer Keyboarding Camp The goal of this camp is to provide a comfortable and receptive environment where children can acquire keyboarding skills. Being familiar and comfortable with typing can aid with concentration, reduce the stresses associated with school work and assist the child in recognizing and identifying his/her own accomplishments. Many students with a learning disability have difficulties with fine-motor, visual-motor and visual spatial tasks. Our leaders are trained to understand and guide children through the process with sensitivity to their individual needs. This camp offers a “go at your own speed” opportunity for children to learn the essentials of keyboarding.      Our week long camp sessions will:  ·       Teach keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed ·        Use software that engages the student and reinforces continued practice ·         Include lessons, games, and exercises ·         Be taught through easy to follow directions and systematic, clear feedback about performance ·         Consider learning styles and accommodations to obtain successful skills ·         Campers will also participate in arts and crafts, games and recreational activities and cooking! Summer Social Skills Camp In general, the ability to understand social interactions, read facial expressions, perceive and express emotions, and interpret language’s more subtle meanings is acquired intuitively at an early age. Those with learning disabilities, however, sometimes need help in both developing and understanding these social skills. As they learn, they also need a safe and supportive place where they can practice these skills. LDATD’s Social SkillsProgramming provides opportunities for developing important and positive peer relationships.  Topics will include: non-verbal communication, problem solving, active listening, giving and receiving compliments, self-esteem, dealing with bullying, establishing and maintaining friendships. While continuing to practice their social skills, campers will also get to participate in games, arts and crafts, and recreational activities.   More Info: Contact Hilary Quinn Phone: 416-229-1680 Email: programs@ldatd.on.ca

Website: http://www.ldatd.on.ca/
Location: 
121 Willowdale Ave., Suite 203, Toronto, Ontario
Age: 7-13
Price: $350 per week Monday-Friday 9am - 4pm
Program Information:  2 programs available

Summer Keyboarding Camp

The goal of this camp is to provide a comfortable and receptive environment where children can acquire keyboarding skills. Being familiar and comfortable with typing can aid with concentration, reduce the stresses associated with school work and assist the child in recognizing and identifying his/her own accomplishments. Many students with a learning disability have difficulties with fine-motor, visual-motor and visual spatial tasks. Our leaders are trained to understand and guide children through the process with sensitivity to their individual needs. This camp offers a “go at your own speed” opportunity for children to learn the essentials of keyboarding.     

Our week long camp sessions will: 

·       Teach keyboarding technique, accuracy and speed

·        Use software that engages the student and reinforces continued practice

·         Include lessons, games, and exercises

·         Be taught through easy to follow directions and systematic, clear feedback about performance

·         Consider learning styles and accommodations to obtain successful skills

·         Campers will also participate in arts and crafts, games and recreational activities and cooking!

Summer Social Skills Camp

In general, the ability to understand social interactions, read facial expressions, perceive and express emotions, and interpret language’s more subtle meanings is acquired intuitively at an early age. Those with learning disabilities, however, sometimes need help in both developing and understanding these social skills. As they learn, they also need a safe and supportive place where they can practice these skills.

LDATD’s Social SkillsProgramming provides opportunities for developing important and positive peer relationships.  Topics will include: non-verbal communication, problem solving, active listening, giving and receiving compliments, self-esteem, dealing with bullying, establishing and maintaining friendships.

While continuing to practice their social skills, campers will also get to participate in games, arts and crafts, and recreational activities.
 

More Info: Contact Hilary Quinn Phone: 416-229-1680 Email: programs@ldatd.on.ca

Website: http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/ss2016_specialneeds_en.pdf Location: Ottawa, Ontario Ages: 5-99 Program Info:  There are multiple programs for all age groups. Below are a couple of examples: Aqua SNAP Swim lessons for children with autism. Builds on motor skills, communication, socialization, and survival skills in an aquatic environment. Intake/ assessment is required with Special Needs Unit before participation and reassessment is required on a yearly basis Arts Centre Black Box Theatre Explore the world of theatre for youth/young adults with special needs. Develops their creativity and self-expression. Participants must be able to work in a 1:5 staff client ratio Please click on the website for more info. 

Website: http://documents.ottawa.ca/sites/documents.ottawa.ca/files/documents/ss2016_specialneeds_en.pdf
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Ages: 5-99
Program Info:  There are multiple programs for all age groups. Below are a couple of examples:

Aqua SNAP Swim lessons for children with autism. Builds on motor skills, communication, socialization, and survival skills in an aquatic environment. Intake/ assessment is required with Special Needs Unit before participation and reassessment is required on a yearly basis

Arts Centre Black Box Theatre Explore the world of theatre for youth/young adults with special needs. Develops their creativity and self-expression. Participants must be able to work in a 1:5 staff client ratio

Please click on the website for more info. 

Website: http://www.blueveil.org/ Location: 7412 Kipling Ave. Vaughan, Ontario (just South of Hwy 7) Ages: 13 Yrs and up for youth with special needs Ratio: 1:5 (Participants with one on one support are welcome) Price: $65/day, Monday to Friday 9:30 - 3:00pm (Flexible hours) *Savings offered for weekly registration Dates: July 4 to August 26th Contact: 905-851-3972 or csmith8555@rogers.com Info:   Established in 2006 under Blue Veil Charity as a registered non profit charity Reg. No. 8033309340RR0001 Working collaboratively with other organizations, parents and support personnel, we provide a program where every individual with exceptionalities can grow to reach their fullest potential.  The programs are designed to increase the participant's motivation and enhance their personal experience through the introduction of various educational arts based and recreational activities, primarily through the arts of music, drama, dance and visual arts as a means of learning and self-expression.   We offer an inclusive environment that promotes self-esteem, individuality, teamwork, life-skills, self-advocacy and independence. Summer Camp along with our other seasonal camps is a place where youth can come to make new friends, participate in the arts and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities.  Also great for families who are looking for a day program to transition their son/daughter into. Schedules are adjusted to include seasonal themes and guest artists.  This creates a fun and interactive time together.  Field trips and outings are scheduled accordingly to support our weekly agenda and transportation is provided through our very own 18 passenger wheelchair accessible bus. Summer Camp is a great time to participate, socialize, make new friends, interact with community partners, volunteers and staff. ASSETS:  We have a professional kitchen for our culinary program.  Large green park like setting and playground, we are on a bus route, indoor and outddor bocce courts, access to large banquet hall for hell and wellness activities and performances.  Supported by highly trained and experienced staff. Registration form available online

Website: http://www.blueveil.org/
Location: 7412 Kipling Ave. Vaughan, Ontario (just South of Hwy 7)
Ages: 13 Yrs and up for youth with special needs
Ratio: 1:5 (Participants with one on one support are welcome)
Price: $65/day, Monday to Friday 9:30 - 3:00pm (Flexible hours) *Savings offered for weekly registration
Dates: July 4 to August 26th
Contact: 905-851-3972 or csmith8555@rogers.com
Info: 
  Established in 2006 under Blue Veil Charity as a registered non profit charity Reg. No. 8033309340RR0001

Working collaboratively with other organizations, parents and support personnel, we provide a program where every individual with exceptionalities can grow to reach their fullest potential.  The programs are designed to increase the participant's motivation and enhance their personal experience through the introduction of various educational arts based and recreational activities, primarily through the arts of music, drama, dance and visual arts as a means of learning and self-expression.  

We offer an inclusive environment that promotes self-esteem, individuality, teamwork, life-skills, self-advocacy and independence.

Summer Camp along with our other seasonal camps is a place where youth can come to make new friends, participate in the arts and enjoy both indoor and outdoor activities.  Also great for families who are looking for a day program to transition their son/daughter into.

Schedules are adjusted to include seasonal themes and guest artists.  This creates a fun and interactive time together.  Field trips and outings are scheduled accordingly to support our weekly agenda and transportation is provided through our very own 18 passenger wheelchair accessible bus.

Summer Camp is a great time to participate, socialize, make new friends, interact with community partners, volunteers and staff.

ASSETS:  We have a professional kitchen for our culinary program.  Large green park like setting and playground, we are on a bus route, indoor and outddor bocce courts, access to large banquet hall for hell and wellness activities and performances.  Supported by highly trained and experienced staff.

Registration form available online

Website: http://www.eafwr.on.ca/ Location: Waterloo Region Ages: individuals with a disability ages 13 years and older Price: http://www.eafwr.on.ca/how-can-we-help/summer-program/ Program Info: Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Summer Program offers themed weeks for individuals with disabilities ages 13+. Activities accommodate a wide range of abilities ensuring that all participants have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from their experience. Weekly themes incorporate fun and interactive activities, swimming, special guests and daytrips. Staff are trained and experienced university/college-aged students who are committed to providing participants with a fun-filled experience! Summer Vacation (ages 15+) The Summer Vacation takes place at a scenic, rural camp and emphasizes time spent in nature enjoying the outdoors together. Vacationers create their own daily activities with the support of staff. The week is filled with music, swimming, games, campfires and self-made fun. Vacationers will be living alongside a small number of "peer vacationers", highschool students without labeled disabilites, as well as the program staff/leaders.

Website: http://www.eafwr.on.ca/
Location: Waterloo Region
Ages: individuals with a disability ages 13 years and older
Price: http://www.eafwr.on.ca/how-can-we-help/summer-program/
Program Info: Extend-A-Family Waterloo Region Summer Program offers themed weeks for individuals with disabilities ages 13+. Activities accommodate a wide range of abilities ensuring that all participants have the opportunity to enjoy and benefit from their experience.
Weekly themes incorporate fun and interactive activities, swimming, special guests and daytrips.
Staff are trained and experienced university/college-aged students who are committed to providing participants with a fun-filled experience! Summer Vacation (ages 15+)

The Summer Vacation takes place at a scenic, rural camp and emphasizes time spent in nature enjoying the outdoors together.
Vacationers create their own daily activities with the support of staff. The week is filled with music, swimming, games, campfires and self-made fun.
Vacationers will be living alongside a small number of "peer vacationers", highschool students without labeled disabilites, as well as the program staff/leaders.

  Website: http://www.lotuscentre.net/courses-fees/fall-programs Location: Ottawa, Ontario Ages: 5-12 Price: $150-310 Program Info: Children will have the opportunity to explore musical instruments and genres, experience music through playing and movement, do arts and crafts, and more! All camps include outdoor play, structured routine and cooperative games. 2:1 ratio. Lotus Centre is a not-for-profit organization which was founded to meet a community need for specialized music education. We believe that every child has a right to appropriate education in any endeavor they choose to pursue. This means working with a teacher who understands the nature of the student's disability and constantly strives to meet the student's needs, while creating a nurturing and fun environment. We also believe that music education can provide a means of communication, can improve function and performance in non-musical areas, and can provide an emotional outlet for all people. This is especially valuable for students with special challenges. Our mission is to provide individually designed music education programs to allow students to reach their full potential.

 

Website: http://www.lotuscentre.net/courses-fees/fall-programs
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Ages: 5-12
Price: $150-310
P
rogram Info: Children will have the opportunity to explore musical instruments and genres, experience music through playing and movement, do arts and crafts, and more! All camps include outdoor play, structured routine and cooperative games. 2:1 ratio.

Lotus Centre is a not-for-profit organization which was founded to meet a community need for specialized music education. We believe that every child has a right to appropriate education in any endeavor they choose to pursue. This means working with a teacher who understands the nature of the student's disability and constantly strives to meet the student's needs, while creating a nurturing and fun environment. We also believe that music education can provide a means of communication, can improve function and performance in non-musical areas, and can provide an emotional outlet for all people. This is especially valuable for students with special challenges. Our mission is to provide individually designed music education programs to allow students to reach their full potential.