Summer Camps Abound for People with ATYPICAL Needs

May 18th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments


Who loves summer camp?! Just about everyone I know loves going to camp.  Often, children and adults with neurological, intellectual, and medical challenges cannot enjoy a typical summer camp because the venue and/or the programs simply cannot accommodate their unique needs.  We’ve found some camps that not only accommodate those needs but actually exist specifically to serve individuals with such challenges.

Whether you are a potential camper, parent, or volunteer, check out these camps:

  • Occupational Therapy Sensory Integration Summer Day Camp for children with Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD, Autism (high functioning), and sensory integration needs –, phone
  • Caglewood (Flowery Branch) offers a camping program that serves individuals with intellectual disabilities –, phone
  • Camp Sunshine (Atlanta) serves kids with cancer –, phone
  • Deaf-Blind Access of the South – phone 770-841-2055
  • Under Musical Construction, Inc. (Alpharetta) holds summer camps and workshops for children and families with special needs –
  • Dream Power (Canton) provides horse therapy summer camps –,
    phone 770-720-1910
  • BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps (several locations) offer sports camps for youth aged eight to 18 who have physical disabilities –, phone 404-270-2000
  • Camp Barney Medintz (Cleveland) celebrates Jewish culture and features the Chalutzim (Pioneers) Program for children with developmental disabilities –, phone 678-812-3844
  • Camp Sparrowood (Dahlonega) has sessions for individuals with disabilities who are high-functioning –, phone 706-864-6181
  • Camp Sunshine (Rutledge) is a camp for children who have or have had cancer –, phone 404-325-7979
  • Camp Twin Lakes (Rutledge) serves campers with a variety of medical disabilities –, phone 404-231-9887
  • Georgia Lions Camp for the Blind (Waycross) –, phone 888-297-1775

These are just a sample of the camps available.  For more information, you might want to obtain a copy of Summer Recreation Programs Available to Youths with Disabilities, published by GLRS in Atlanta, phone 404-325-3011.  And there’s a great article in Atlanta Parent magazine at plus more online information at

Finding the perfect summer camp for children and adults with life challenges can be difficult, but these camps are here to serve!


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