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Resource Includes Camps That Support Students with Special Needs

02/27/2019 By Alanna Woody

Lancaster, PA, 2/27/19: Summer is nearly here and parents will soon begin their search for camp opportunities. There are hundreds of camps in the area, but what if your child needs a little more? What if your child needs a camp that is accessible and designed for students with special needs? This makes the search a little more involved as there are more things to consider and plan for, such as medical and physical needs, interpreters, nurses, etc.

To support parents and students in their search, IU13 pulled together a list of camps/programs designed around these unique needs. The list for the 2019 season includes daytime and residential camps across Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, and New York.

The camps serve a broad range of age groups and grades, and can host students with autism, AD/HD, visual, and hearing impairments, and/or physical and development disabilities. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, music, hiking, recreational activities, and more!

“We have offered this list for many years and parents find this as a valuable resource. It’s a comprehensive list of camps, hours, contact information, and most importantly, the services available to support students with special needs,” commented Sherry Zubeck, Director of Early Childhood and Special Education Services for IU13. “While IU13 cannot endorse or recommend any specific camp, we know that having all of the details compiled into one resource is very helpful to parents.”

The camp list is compiled annually by IU13 staff and offered free on their website. To access the list, click here.  Information on summer camps for students with disabilities is also available through Pennsylvania 2-1-1 East at or by dialing 2-1-1 in Lancaster County.

Note: Inclusion on this list does not imply recommendation of the camp by IU13.

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