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! 

Marleen Forkas Camp Kavod at JCC Boca Raton is a premier eight-week summer camp serving children and teens in grades Pre-K through 12th grade with special needs.

JAFCO Camp Kehilla is a summer camp program created for up to 50 children (ages 3 through 22) with a developmental disability. For more information, contact Samantha Sehter at (954) 315-8681 or samantha@jafco.org.

For the full list of the available camp programs contact the 211 special Needs HelpLine.