SUMMER PROGRAMS

There are so many camp choices for children with disabilities! From highly specialized camps to general inclusion programs, there are options for every child. With thorough research, you should be able to find the right camp for your child.

The American Camp Association makes it easy to find a great camp – they have an online listing of special-needs camps that is categorized by types of camps, cost, length of stay, state/region and age.

Extended School Year Services (ESY) is an alternative to summer camp. ESY is for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who need additional school days to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and prolonged periods of time off will have a negative impact on them. The summer course work is offered in accordance with the students IEP and at no cost to the parents of the child. It must also meet the standards of the State Educational Authority.  ESY usually runs half a day for four weeks.

Need more help in your camp selection? Special Needs Kids Info offers an excellent list of questions to ask during your research!

“A human being mints many coins from the same mold, and they are all identical.  But the holy one, blessed by God, strikes us all from the mold of the first human and each one of us is unique.”
Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5

Resources

There are many different day and sleep away options available for children with special needs. These options change and are best searched for within the resource section of this website. Below you will find a few places to start:

The Jewish Community Centers offer inclusion summer camp options, where you can take part in camp activities, with the support you need. Please review the websites as programming changes:

Miami Beach Jewish Community Center

The Michael Ann Russel Jewish Community Center in Aventura  For the Summer of 2020 the Ometz program is open to campers 14-29 years old. Please contact Susie Goldberg at 305-588-6818.

And the Alper Jewish Community Center in Kendall

Friendship Circle of South Dade

Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade. For information on programming you can visit this link

Summer 2020 Here is a list of summer programs in Miami Dade compiled by UM CARD.

Quick Links

The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Foundation for Jewish Camp

Jewish Summer Camps for individuals with Special Needs.

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