This page will link you to information about summer programs for individuals with autism. Some programs are autism-specific, some are autism-friendly, some are meant for individuals with disabilities, some are inclusive. They cover all ages from children to adult and cover the autism spectrum. Not every program is appropriate for every individual, so check the listing to see what is a good fit. Some of the programs have/had deadlines. We’ve left them in for two reasons. 1) Sometimes a spot opens up after the deadline. It doesn’t hurt to check. 2) You may want to think about the program for next year and mark your calendar for when to sign up.
For a list of autism specific and autism friendly (day) summer programs for children, click here.
Updated May 16, 2017
The State Support Team Region 1 has links to Camp, Recreation, Respite, Summer Activities, and Camp Locators for children with disabilities and special needs. http://www.sstr1.org/?page_id=37719, then check the tabs on the left-hand side.
Coming soon – a list of programs especially targeted to transition aged youth with autism or disabilities.
Here is some general information about those eligible for Lucas County Board services. Those in other counties should check with their County Board to see what services and funding are available.
Lucas County Board of DD Summer Options
This year the Lucas County Board of DD is contracting with the Ability Center of Greater Toledo to provide staff at inclusive, community summer camps providing support so that children with disabilities can take part in a community camp setting. This year’s community summer programs are Catholic Club, Toledo Metroparks, and the YMCA-JCC. These camps will have Ability Center specially trained staff to offer lower staff-camper ratios and a higher level of support, based on participants’ needs.
Please register directly with the camp through their standard process. Families will be financially responsible for the camp’s registration fee, and all weekly camp rates. Family Resource Funds and other grants may be available for camp costs for those receiving Board services, but the Board’s is mainly referral and navigating.
For assistance navigating these options, please contact your child’s Service and Support Specialist (SASS). If your child does not have an assigned SASS, please contact Reshay Thompson at mailto:email@example.com or 419-380-5108;or Pam Snyder, 419-380-5475, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Families who are not clients of the Board, who need camp options that are inclusive but disability-friendly should contact Sarah Krueger, 419-885-5733 ext. 271, email@example.com. Families choosing this option are encouraged to contact Ms. Krueger prior to registering.
When enrolling your son or daughter in a community program, you might want to “pave the way” by developing a one-page information sheet (click here for a sample) about him or her to give to program staff, particularly for an inclusive program where staff may not have much experience dealing with individuals with autism. You could include a list of your child’s communication system, behaviors, likes and dislikes, favorite reinforces, calming strategies, etc. You might also want to ask your child’s IEP team and/or teacher for help making the transition to the summer program. The teacher may be able to share ideas about what works with the summer staff and might even be able to visit the location.
Feel free to down load our “All About Me” form. This useful form can help give summer program staff a snapshot of the individual with autism so that they can provide appropriate supports.
Likewise, you should prepare the individual for the new activity. You might want to visit ahead of time and meet the staff. You could take pictures to create a picture schedule or calendar for use at home to aid in the transition.
To keep our summer information as accurate and informative as possible, any feedback that you have about the programs and/or format is greatly appreciated.
Have a fun and safe summer!