Hillside Learning Center

Hillside Learning CenterHillside School and Learning Center offers a variety of programs, both academic and support, that strive to enhance, individualize, and optimize the learning process

Hillside summer school offers students in grades 9-12 opportunities similar to those offered by their night and day school. A one-year is taught, intensively, over a six week time period. The keys to student success in this program are small class size and highly individualized attention. Students are required to do substantial homework in order to cover the material and pass the class.

Website:  www.hillsideforsuccess.org


Phone:  (818) 790-3044

Location: 4331 Oak Grove Dr.  La Canada, CA 91001   (map)

House Research Institute’s Annual Family Camp

deaf campHouse Research Institute’s Annual Family Camp provides a safe, relaxing, and social setting for  deaf or hearing impaired kids and their parents to connect with other families faced with similar issues.  It is a place for children to discover new ideas, strengthen family bonds, and develop new friendships.

A limited number of “Campership” funds are available to help families attend who are experiencing financial hardship.

Website:  http://www.hei.org/education/camp/camp.htm

Contact: info@hei.org

Phone:  (800) 388-8612 or (213) 483-4431

Location: 2100 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057  (map)

iCan Shine Bike Camp

I Can Shine Bike Camp

iCan Shine is a non-profit organization that teaches individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle through its iCan Bike program. This five-day camp, requiring riders to attend only one 75-minute session per day, takes place every July.

iCan Shine uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. With 75 minutes of instruction over five days, over 80% of riders learn to ride a conventional bicycle independently by the end of camp. Camp is open to ages 8 and up.


Website:  iCan Shine

Contact: info@clubtwentyone.org

Camp Location: First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena – 3700 E. Sierra Madre Blvd Pasadena CA 91007  (map)

iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps

More students enroll at iD Tech Camps than any other tech camp – making them the World’s #1 Tech Camp.

While iD Tech Camps is not specifically a special needs camp, their instructors are trained to handle special circumstances to a limited extent. They have found that if students are able to function without an aide at school, they generally do very well at camp. If your child does require an aide at school, you must ensure that an aide accompanies your child to camp.

Featuring an unparalleled lineup of 60+ prestigious university summer camp locations nationwide, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT, Brown, and many more. iD is on campus at some of the best colleges in the world.

Technology and fun are at the core of everything they do. Whether you are seven, eighteen, or somewhere in between, iD has a computer course for you. They offer a variety of computer classes in App Development, Gaming, Programming, Robotics, Film, Graphic & Web Design, and more.

They guarantee ridiculously small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Their teaching philosophy is premised on personalization – your path, at your pace. It’s one piece of the iD difference.

They have had many special needs students attend their camps in the past and they typically do well in our program. However, if for some reason it is determined that camp is not a suitable or productive environment for your child, the total tuition for camp is non-refundable per our cancellation policy. They encourage you to call their Client Services Department with any questions at 1-888-709-TECH (8324), option 1.

Website:  www.internaldrive.com

Contact:  info@internaldrive.com

Phone: (888) 709-8324 – option 1

Locations:  60+ locations / list of college campuses throughout the country  (local map)


Inclusion Films

Inclusion Films CampJoey Travolta’s Inclusion Films is a program designed to provide people with developmental disabilities an entry-level working knowledge of film production.

During Summer Camp, a group of training professionals teach children with special needs (ages 6-18) acting, improv-comedy, digital filmmaking, and animation. Typical peers and siblings are welcome to create an inclusive environment.

They hold short film camps on college campuses all over the country.  The program is designed to develop self-esteem, confidence, and creativity through acting, improvisation, and digital filmmaking.  Students learn essential skills for a career in film in a non-competitive environment.

The Inclusion Films workshop seeks to display, encourage, and promote the creative skills and strong work ethic of talented filmmakers who have a developmental disability, ultimately allowing them to become employed as well as more independent, self confident, and well-rounded individuals.

Website:  Inclusion Films – Camp

Contact:  inclusionfilms@aol.com

Phone: (818) 591-3345

Office Location:  23161 Ventura Blvd. Suite 102  Woodland Hills, CA 91364  (map)


Integrated Learning Solutions

Integrated Learning SolutionsIntegrated Learning Solutions (ILS) provides comprehensive educational support and guidance to students, families and schools. Services include: diagnostic testing and developmental screening, educational therapy, and, in partnership with our affiliated organizations, specialized academic tutoring, psychological and psychiatric interventions, and college/school/career counseling services.

Because of their life-long commitment to serving children, youth and families, the founders of ILS recognized the need for a broad-spectrum program that offers a wide range of educational services.

ILS offers summer workshops that assist students with organizational, time management and study skills. Small class sizes (maximum of four to six) enhance each student’s ability to practice techniques and strategies that will carry over into the school year.

Website:  www.integratedlearningsolutions.org

Contact info@integratedlearningsolutions.org

Phone:  (626) 568-8558

Location: 2233 Huntington Drive, Suite 2  San Marino, CA 91108   (map)

Jay Nolan Camp

Jay Nolan CampJay Nolan Camp (run by Jay Nolan Community Services), is an inclusive residential camp program, accredited by the American Camping Association, designed to bring children without disabilities and children with developmental disabilities together in a caring, fun environment. Children 8-15 enjoy an assortment of camp activities.  Selected teens 16-17 participate in the Counselor-In-Training Program.

Activities include: •  Swimming •  Sports and games •  Archery •  Arts and crafts •  Outdoor theatre •  Hiking/nature walks •  Campfire•  Sing-Along • Camp dance •  Camp talent show.

Campers have the opportunity to succeed based on their unique abilities with the assistance and encouragement of their highly trained staff.

Jay Nolan Camp offers staff that are American Red Cross Certified in First Aid and CPR., registered Nurse on site at all times, American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard and a N.A.D.A Certified Archery Instructor.

The mission of Jay Nolan Community Services, Inc. (JNCS) is to enable individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities to live fulfilling lives as members of the community by providing support services customized to their individual needs.

Website:  Jay Nolan Community Services – Jay Nolan Camp

Contact: Melissa Smith msmith@jaynolan.org

Phone: (818) 361-6400 x151

Office Location:  15501 San Fernando Mission Blvd. #200  Mission Hills, CA 91345  (map)

JEMS Special Camp

JEMS Special CampSince 1975, the Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society (JEMS) has sponsored a week long Christian Camp primarily for individuals with developmental disabilities of Asian descent. This “Special Camp” held at the Mount Hermon conference grounds in Northern California, originated under the direction of Rev. Saburo and Marion Masada. This couple’s daughter is developmentally disabled, and others like her, needed a camp program designed specifically for their special needs. Over the years, the ministry of this camp has changed the lives of many people – both conferees and volunteer staff. Special Camp will be under the leadership of directors Bruce and Val Satow.

The goal of this Special Camp is to provide an opportunity for individuals with developmental disabilities to experience a fun-filled time of activities in an atmosphere of Christian Love.

The campers participate in arts and crafts, bible lessons, and praise and worship singing. Activities include bowling, swimming, a presentation at JEMS Family Camp, a carnival, and Special Olympics. Throughout the week of camp, God’s love is communicated to the campers. By the end of the week, relationships are built; “barriers” broken down, and both campers and aides have learned a tremendous amount about themselves, each other, and God.

All of these events and activities add up to a fun-filled and meaningful camp ministry designed specifically for individuals with developmental disabilities. Special Camp is a place where they can come, learn, fellowship, worship, and grow in the Lord.

Special Camp touches the hearts of many people. The Lord has used the camp to reach out not only to the campers, but also to their families and the volunteer staff.

A typical day at camp begins with everyone getting up and dressed for breakfast, followed by morning exercises, worship, Bible lessons, and arts and crafts. After lunch, there is a different activity every day such as bowling or carnival. After dinner, we have an organized game time followed by worship and carnival time. After the campers go to bed, there is a staff devotional time and a staff meeting.

Though many of the volunteers have never worked with the developmentally disabled before, they have shared how they were humbled and convicted by witnessing such simple childlike faith. in God’s amazing plan, He uses these special ones to minister to the “normal” people of the world.

Website:  JEMS Ministry – Special Camp  and  www.jemsspecialcamp.org/live/

Contact:  info@jemsspecialcamp.org

Phone: (213) 613-0022

Location:  948 East Second Street  Los Angeles, CA 90012  (map)


Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead

Jill's HouseRecently launched in Southern California as part of their mission to serve as many families as possible , Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead strives to give your child experiences every child deserves, regardless of their disability.

It is their hope that with camp respite weekends, they are able to serve more families and children who need the gift of respite. They are excited to see your child take part in activities, like roasting marshmallows, taking hikes, trying a canoe ride, and having a vibrant weekend full of singing and joy while you and the rest of your family enjoy some much-needed respite.

Who? – Camps are open to children, ages 6 to 17 (and their siblings), who are interested in new, fun opportunities!

What? –  Jill’s House camps allow your child to spend a weekend away meeting new friends, trying fun and exciting activities and gaining independence in an exciting, safe environment. These camp weekends involve various activities which can include – nature hikes, ropes courses, swimming and archery…just to name a few!

When? – Year round, Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead will be offering this program up to 1-2 weekends per month!  You drop off your child at a specified location on Friday evening and pick them up on Sunday afternoon.

Where? – In the greater Los Angeles area, the Jill’s House Lake Arrowhead program enjoys Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead.  This camp meets their safety – and fun! — standards. In case of emergency, each location is near a medical center, and nurses are on hand at camp around the clock to ensure your child’s safety is always put first.

Ready to Learn More?  Your family may sign up for one weekend each month camp is offered.  Please contact via the information below:

Website: www. jillshouse.org

Contact:  Ashlyn Gruss – Local Program Supervisor Ashlyn.gruss@jillshouse.org , or Christine Walls – Director of Distributed Programs: Christine.walls@jillshouse.org

Phone: Ashlyn Gruss (661) 600.2302; Christine Walls (703) 639.5688

Camp Location: Thousand Pines Camp in Crestline, CA near Lake Arrowhead  (map)