Camps and Respite
Autism Families Bay Area
Autism Families focuses on organizing recreational, arts and cultural events for autism/dd families in the Bay Area. Frequent (free) activities include local hikes, concerts, and weekly drum circles. Join and/or follow the group on the Autism Families Bay Area Facebook page for information about upcoming activities.
Friends of Children with Special Needs
East Bay / South Bay
Respite Service Programs
East Bay Summer Programs
"Giving exceptional people the opportunity to be themselves - since 1957."
For more than half a century, Camp Krem has provided children and adults with developmental disabilities a full program of recreation, education, fun and adventure. We offer summer camp (including main camp, outdoor adventure camp and travel camp) as well as a year-round respite program with events almost every weekend.
Visit their website or contact Autistry for more information about their summer and ongoing programs for teens and adults. Topics include education, vocational skills, life skills, and physical fitness.
BOK Ranch offers half-day and full-day horse camps for special needs kids.
Seeds Of Awareness
Oakland, San Francisco, Petaluma
Fiddleheads Summer Camp - at Bay Area parks. 3 to 1 counselor to camper ratio with therapeutic counselors. We honor the natural rhythm of each child, scheduling time to explore along with unscheduled time.
Via West Campus provides residential respite care with weekend and week-long programs throughout the year, amid 13 wooded acres in the Cupertino Foothills. That’s a simple description for a program that can mean the world to a parent or caregiver of someone with special needs. Via also offers a wonderful variety of summer programs.
The camps accommodate up to 45 developmentally delayed youth, age 6 - 22. The ratio of children to counselors is 1:1. Camp is held at Camp Arroyo, a 138-acre parkland outside Livermore, equipped with cabins, a dining facility, and activity center.
Social Circle serves kids with disabilities who need help with social interaction/emotional and sensory regulation and more.
CIP Summer Programs
Various Locations Across the US
The College Internship Program (CIP) provides unique opportunities for high school students and young adults with learning differences. Students will get a sneak peek at college life on one of six college campuses across the US. Since transitions can be difficult for young adults with learning differences, Summer@CIP can help them to prepare for what's in store as they move to the next stage of their lives.
Champion Summer Camp
Inspiring Champions is a modified camp program that accommodates children with special needs.
Various Locations in the Bay Area
Not a camp, but E-Sports is an umbrella organization for several Bay Area community service programs: E-Soccer, E-Karate, and E-Hoops. Each program specializes in inclusion, which partners typical and special needs kids alongside each other in various athletic capacities. These programs have revolutionized and pioneered the inclusive sports philosophy.
Santa Cruz. Day activities for people with special needs, including Camp Adventures. The only program in Santa Cruz County that offers a year-round calendar of recreational events that is completely inclusive! We cater to people of all walks of life, including age, disability, and our veterans.
Municipal Recreation Departments
Many municipalities offer camps for children with special needs. Look up your city's Parks & Rec website for details.
Parca REACH Summer Day Camps
The REACH Summer Day Camps provide ratios of 1:8 or 1:3, for children 5-13 years old. Each week has a different, fun theme, so kids can sign up for consecutive sessions and still have new activities.
Monterey Bay Horsemanship Academy
La Selva Beach
A fully inclusive Equestrian Center where lives are transformed, providing activities for all individuals, including those with special needs.
Bay Area Friendship Circle
Offers children with special needs social and recreational activities year round. Children ages 4 to 20 are paired with a trained high school buddy. Also holding summer camps for children and teens with special needs (ages 5-22).
Many Y's accommodate children and adults with special needs. Contact your local branch to learn more.
Out of the area
Camp Alsing, located on the shores of North Pond in Rome Maine, is a premier co-ed residential summer camp for children with High-Functioning Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome or other social communication challenges. Camp Alsing’s specially trained staff guide children, ages 9-16, to develop connections and expand their boundaries in a traditional camp setting.
Offers a fun, rewarding, and challenging day and overnight sports program allowing kids and adults with autism to progress in active sports.
We are always updating our Resources pages. To let us know about other programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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