Whispering Winds – Special Needs Family Camp

Whispering Winds Special Needs Family CampWhispering Winds believes that special kids and their families deserve a special weekend!  So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support and fun on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts.

Special Needs Family Camp provides a weekend of dynamic, tailored programs for special needs children of all ages to enjoy in the accompaniment of their very own specially trained 1:1 aide. Additionally, their typical siblings get to enjoy supervised age/ability-appropriate, parallel camp programming while parents have the opportunity to participate in practical seminars and spend quality time together as well as with each of their kids.

This transformative weekend is being held Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014 and applications and financial assistance forms are available on the website (www.whisperingwinds.org)

Website:  Whispering Winds

Contact: Stephanie Kiesel stephanie@whisperingwinds.org

Phone:  (619) 464.1479

Office: 8186 Commercial Street  La Mesa, CA 91942

Camp Location: 17606 Harrison Park Road Julian, CA 92036

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AHEAD With Horses

Ahead With Horses

AHEAD WITH HORSES has an over 45-year history of providing unique, highly motivating and effective therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences to disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk and special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically.  Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve with the goal of enabling them to lead more independent and productive lives.

Two unique aspects of equine therapy offered at AWH are the immediacy or response and visibility of its effectiveness across various areas.

PHYSICALLY: AWH takes children with disabilities through a complex series of movements while the horse rhythmically moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait. This improves the children’s posture, balance and muscle control.

MENTALLY: AWH increases concentration, improves sequential thoughts and helps children learn to speak and develop spatial awareness.

EMOTIONALLY: AWH provides the opportunity for children to bond with the horse, instructors and volunteers, building confidence and trust. Contact with the horse and vaulting provides a non-competitive setting for learning where the children develop self-discipline and improve concentration. Most importantly, the sheer sense of joy raises their spirits and brings smiles to their faces

SOCIALLY: AWH nurtures a positive self-image. For the first time in their lives, children with sever disabilities often experience a sense of independence.

AWH serves children throughout the Los Angeles area. These are disabilities including—but not limited to:

  • Autism/Autism Spectrum
  • Down syndrome
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital Disabilities
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Deaf
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Speech Disabilities
  • Blind/Visual Disabilities
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • and many more!

Website:  www.aheadwithhorsesla.org

Contactaheadwithhorses@yahoo.com

Phone: (818) 767-6373

Location: 10157 Johanna Avenue  Shadow Hills, CA 91040   (map)

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Casa ColinaFor more than 25 years, the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has provided therapeutic outdoor experiences to thousands of people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Adventures Program focuses on empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities. By focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. These recreation programs utilize the natural world to create unique opportunities where people with disabilities can:

  • Participate in day trips and adventures
  • Enjoy a sense of community with others
  • Gain self confidence by experiencing success through acquiring new skills
  • Share new outdoor experiences and adventurous activities with people of all abilities

Website:  Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Contactadventures@casacolina.org

Phone:  (909) 596-7733, ext. 4131 or (866) 724-4127, ext. 4131

Office: 255 East Bonita Avenue, PO Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769-6001  (map)

Easter Seals Camp

Easter Seals CampEaster Seals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.

For over 40 years, campers and volunteers from all walks of life have come together for one magical week of camp. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.

Easter Seals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains.  It is held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site.

    • The camp is co-ed and campers must have some communication skills
    • The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:2.
    • Campers stay in dormitories or 3-sided cabins
    • Restrooms and showers are available
    • A registered nurse is on 24-hour dut
    • Camp elevation is 7,300 feet
    • Easter Seals provides a subsidy, but there is a fee to attend.  Partial camperships are available.

Website:  Easter Seals Camp

Contact:  Amanda Showalter  amanda.showalter@essc.org 

Phone:  (951) 264-4855

Office: 401 S. Ivy Street, Escondido, CA. 92025

Camp Location: YMCA Camp Oakes 47400 Monte Vista Dr. Big Bear City CA 92314  (map)

MDA Summer Camp

Muscular Dystrophy campMDA camp offers kids with neuromuscular disease a fun and safe outdoor experience, along with opportunities to engage in a variety of activities such as horseback riding, swimming, adaptive sports, arts and crafts, camp dances and much more.  Almost all campers agree that muscular dystrophy camp is “the best week of the year.”

MDA camp enables campers to stretch their comfort zones and grow in independence as they spend a week away from home; permit someone other than their parents to provide personal care; and make new friends. The benefits come in lifelong friendships,  increased self-esteem and confidence, and the chance to spend at least one week of the year in a place where physical disabilities are the norm rather than the exception.

Youngsters ages 6 to 17 who are affected by any of the more than 40 neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program and who are registered with MDA are eligible to apply to attend MDA summer camp. There is no fee to attend camp, and all camp costs are covered by MDA. Acceptance to camp is contingent upon evaluation of your child’s application by MDA staff and MDA’s medical advisers, including the camp health staff and clinic team.

 

Website:  http://mda.org/summer-camp

Contact:  local MDA office

Phone:  Los Angeles MDA office  (310) 390-6802

Orange County  (714) 245-0921

San Diego  (858) 492-9792

Santa Barbara  (805) 560-7651

Locations: Throughout California and the US.  Check their website for specific listings   (map)