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Summer Camps, 5/28/15


Contributed by Provi Sharpe, Director of Emergency Management and Equipment Reuse, MDTAP

Many camps offer specialized care for specific disabilities or one-on-one buddies, while other camps provide tutoring for individuals with learning disabilities in addition to outdoor activities.  Here are some points to consider:

Keep in mind your camper’s age, needs and interests, as well as cost, duration and location.  Decide what your camper is emotionally and physically ready for.   If your camper has a physical disability, inquire about

  • accessibility features of buildings and/or cabins
  • air-conditioning or electrical outlets for assistive technology
  • accessible trails or paths
  • bathrooms
  • waterfronts or pools
  • emergency procedures
  • safety measures
  • transportation

Based on your camper’s needs, ask about how the camp handles medical and behavioral issues and emergencies and how they give updates to families.

To find a summer camp, check the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s resource listThe Arc of Baltimore offers a summer camp and vacation manual for children and adults with disabilities and their families. You can find it on their home page or go to the Resources tab and click Recreation in the drop down menu. Visit V-LINC  for information and to register for their Mary Salkever Inclusive Computer Arts Camp 2015, June 22 to June 26 and July 6 to July 10.

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