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!
Interested in finding a Jewish overnight camp, but unsure of where to begin? There are a variety of camp options to explore! Foundation for Jewish Camp serves as an advocate and resource for nonprofit Jewish camps and promotes inclusion but does not provide direct service. Through their advanced search option, you can find information about camps throughout the country that have inclusion opportunities.
Summer 2020 Here is a list of summer programs in Miami Dade compiled by UM CARD.
Camp Experts & Teen Summers
Camp Experts & Teen Summers is a FREE referral service matching the needs of your entire family with the best summer experience: sleep away camps, pre-college, travel, community service, special needs, inclusion programs, academic assistance and more. Visit Camp Experts and KarenMeister.com
Contact person – Karen Meister – firstname.lastname@example.org – 305-931-5437.
The Friendship Circle Miami is a program that brings together teenage and adult volunteers in helping children, teens, and adults with special needs and their families. These individuals with special needs may suffer from loneliness in addition to their handicaps. They could have the best professional help (doctors, social workers, etc.) but they don’t necessarily have friends! They don’t attend regular social gatherings like most, and their classmates and peers cannot interact with them in the same way as most. They may be missing extra attention, love and friendship from friends and people in their community. In Miami we have two Friendship Circles:
Friendship Circle of Miami Beach and North Dade is based on the same philosophy and values. Friendship Circle Miami Beach and North Dade offers programming at the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center and in the North Miami Beach area. Additional programming information found here
The Jewish Community Centers offer after-school activities. Please review the websites as programming changes:
Miami Beach Jewish Community Center
The Michael Ann Russel Jewish Community Center in Aventura For Summer 2021 Camp Ometz serves campers 14-29 years old. Please contact Camp Director Susie Goldberg at 305-588-6818
And the Alper Jewish Community Center in Kendall
JAFCO serves children from birth through age 22 diagnosed with a developmental disability, including autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, spina bifida or Prader-Willi. They offer therapeutic services, child enrichment services, family support, respite care, support groups and parent training. They also offer Camp Kehilla, a special needs camp for children ages 3 – 22 with developmental disabilities.
The Children’s Trust makes a significant commitment to include children with disabilities – and youth with disabilities up to age 22 if still in high school – in all its funded programs and services Use this search page to identify programming
Your local area recreational center also offers inclusive programming:
The Federation for Children with Special Needs
Foundation for Jewish Camp
Center of Independent Living