Running

I Run 4, Inc.
A 40,000-member Facebook Group that connects runners to people with special needs.

 

Movie Theaters

AMC Theaters Sensory-Friendly Film Series
AMC Theatres offers sensory-friendly film showings to families affected by autism and related disorders, such as AS. See the schedule of upcoming films and participating AMC theatres.

 

Tricycles/Special Wheelchairs

Triad Theraplay
TRIAID is the manufacturer and supplier of special needs equipment for children, specializing in special needs tricycles and handcycles.

Sand Rider – Beach wheelchairs
A new beach wheelchair to ensure that everyone can enjoy being out of doors for the day, swim at the beach or share off-road activities on gravel trails, grassy fields, swampy areas or snow.

 

Vacations (see Travel)

 

Camps for Children with Special Needs

My Summer Camps
A camp resource guide where you can search by disabilities and or states, to find a camp close to you that meets your needs.

Camp Resource
Search 199 summer camps by specialty, location, gender and camp type (overnight or day camp) to find the camp for your child.

Choice Camps
Click the Special Needs Camps tab and select the options you are looking for to find the right camp for your individual with special needs.

Adaptive Aquatics
Alabama residents
Adaptive Aquatics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the introduction, teaching and advancement of adapted water skiing for children and adults with physical disabilities.

Welcome to Easter Seals Camp ASCCA
Alabama residents
Camp ASCCA is Alabama’s Special Camp for Children and Adults. ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and mental disabilities. Providing weekend and week long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round.

Camp Smile/Life Without Limits
Alabama residents
The summer camp experience is about much more than horseback riding, kayaking and swimming in the lake. For young people across America, summer camp is a stepping stone on the road towards independence. Nowhere is this more true than at Camp SMILE. Hosted by United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile, Camp SMILE is a residential summer camp for individuals (ages 5-10) with and without disabilities. Here, campers not only have the chance to participate in physical activities like kayaking, fishing, and horseback riding; they also meet others whose abilities and life experience are similar to their own.

Lakeshore Foundation
Alabama residents
Lakeshore Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that promotes independence for persons with physically disabling conditions and provides opportunities to pursue active, healthy lifestyles. Lakeshore Foundation offers a wide range of fitness, recreation, athletic and education programs to children and adults who experience diagnostic conditions including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, amputation, and visual impairment. The Foundation also serves persons who have been diagnosed with arthritis, diabetes, chronic pain, cardiac conditions, and many other related disorders.

Challenge Alaska
Anchorage, AK
Challenge Alaska is based in Anchorage and offers therapeutic recreation, sports and education for people with physical and mental disabilities.

SAIL/ORCA
Alaska residents
ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) is the recreation program of SAIL. ORCA’s purpose is to promote inclusive recreation and adaptive outdoor pursuits for Southwest Alaskans who experience disabilities. Our philosophy is that recreation influences all aspects of a person’s life: their employment, social life, physical and spiritual well being and a sense of place in their community. Challenging recreation opportunities give an individual a chance to recognize their ability to succeed.

Special Olympics
Arizona residents
Provides every person with intellectual disabilities a place of welcome, acceptance and the chance to be their best: Special Olympics Arizona is made up of passionate, committed individuals from every walk of life, who recognize the value and unique gifts of people with intellectual disabilities: And who, together, share, the common belief in dignity, equality, and opportunity for ALL people.

Arizona Disabled Sports
Arizona residents
The Mesa Association of Sports for the Disabled (MASD) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sports and recreation opportunities to individuals with all types of disabilities. This could include but not be limited to developmental disabilities, orthopedic impairment, sensory deficit and/or neurological involvement. The Association provides year round sports training and competition through our Special Olympics programs for athletes who are intellectually disabled. In addition, sports and recreation opportunities are provided for individuals with physical disabilities through our programs sanctioned by Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA; BlazeSports America; Disabled Sports, USA; and the United States Paralympics.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson
Arizona residents
Our mission: Enriching the lives of people with special needs by using therapeutic, equine programs to:

  • Improve physical, mental, social, and emotional well being
  • Recognize each individual’s abilities and foster achievement
  • Provide educational, recreational and vocational opportunities
  • Provide direct therapy services by licensed medical professionals.

Camp Twin Lakes
Atlanta, GA residents
Camp Twin Lakes is a unique non-profit organization in Georgia with campsites, day camps and hospital-based camp programs designed specifically for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and other challenges. In collaboration with its network of Camp Partners, Camp Twin Lakes provides an enriching camping experience for children who might otherwise be unable to attend camp. CTL was founded in 1991 and began camp operations in 1993 with seven camp groups. Since 1993, Camp Twin Lakes has served more than 40,000 campers. In our 18th season in 2010, Camp Twin Lakes will partner with more than 48 different organizations to offer year-round programs serving more than 7,100 campers.

Foundation for Dreams, Dream Oaks Camp
Bradenton, FL residents
The Mission of the Foundation for Dreams, Inc. and Dream Oaks Camp is to provide fun, educational, and recreational experiences in an outdoor camp environment to enhance the lives of children ages 7-17 with physical and developmental disabilities and serious illnesses.

Anderson Woods, Inc.
Bristow, IN
To provide summer camp experience and safe, dignified, permanent residences for persons with mental and/or physical disabilities: To teach residents (to the maximum extent possible) to be fully functioning members of the local communities. Since 1979 Anderson Woods has been hosting those with special needs during the summer. Campers learn self confidence, trust and responsibility through working together, caring for animals, tending the garden, and enjoying the beauty of nature. Camp is a place where everyone is equal. We embrace all races and spiritual beliefs.

Camp Callahan, Inc.
Illinois residents
Camp Callahan, Incorporated, offers a program that provides an exciting, safe, summer camp experience to people with disabilities. Camp Callahan Inc., their volunteers, and the facilities of the Mississippi Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America, will combine to make this unique program a success. The camp has the specialized environment, equipment, activities, accessible buildings, and a trained adult staff to overcome the barriers that a person with disabilities would encounter at ordinary summer camps.

Camp Discovery
Chattanooga, TN residents
Camp Discovery is a camp for mentally and physically challenged kids and adults to experience the wonders of the summer camp setting.

Camp Caglewood
Flowery Branch, GA
Caglewood is a Special Needs Camping Program that serves individuals with developmental disabilities through active programming that provides enhanced life experiences, personal development, and respite opportunities. Caglewood’s programming inspires spiritual and social development through communion with nature. A camping trip with Camp Caglewood consists of counselor planned and led activities, crafts, devotionals, hiking, camping, swimming, and various forms of physical therapy and adaptive skills training. Caglewood is designed for both children and adults diagnosed with developmental disabilities including the autism spectrum, PDD, down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Parents and caregivers send their loved ones to camp for respite care, and independence growth.

Camp Koinonia
Knoxville, TN residents
Camp Koinonia is an outdoor education program for children ages 7-22 who have multiple disabilities. The program was developed in 1977 at Virginia Tech as part of a class with the primary purpose of providing a meaningful, experiential learning opportunity for university students while involving children and young adults, some with severe disabilities, in outdoor activities that they would not be able to do otherwise. During the first year of the program a counselor/camper duo submitted the winning name for the program – Camp Koinonia. Koinonia comes from the Greek and means ‘fellowship’ and ‘caring community’. Since that time the purpose and mission of Camp Koinonia has been to provide a ‘caring community’ for our campers in sense of true ‘fellowship’. It is also said of Camp Koinonia that this is…’An Experience That Will Last A Lifetime’. This has proven true for hundreds of individuals over the years.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center / MRL Building
Nashville, TN residents
Summer Programs and Community Activities: The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center offers a variety of summer programs for children, adolescents, and young adults with and without disabilities. Our camps are a wonderful way to encourage self-esteem, self-respect, and compassion while learning valuable life skills, making new friends, and discovering new interests.

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center programs are unique in that they provide: model services for participants, support for families, training opportunities for college students preparing for educational or service careers, and opportunities for participant and family members to take part in innovative research.

Quest’s Camp Thunderbird
Orlando, FL residents
Since 1969, Quest’s Camp Thunderbird has been dedicated to providing a real summer camp experience for people with special needs. Because of the physical and behavioral challenges associated with Down syndrome, autism, mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy and other developmental disabilities, these children and adults aren’t typically eligible to attend traditional camps. Camp Thunderbird is their chance to learn new skills and focus on the remarkable things they can do, while making new friends and unforgettable memories. In addition to providing each camper with an outstanding experience, Camp Thunderbird’s six- and 12-day overnight sessions also give parents and guardians a much-needed break from the demands of 24-hour caregiving. For many families, this respite is their first chance to relax, spend time with friends, or even take a vacation knowing that their loved one is receiving quality care and attention.

Morgan’s Wonderland
Texas residents
Morgan’s Wonderland, located in San Antonio, Texas, was built in the true spirit of inclusion to provide a place where all ages and abilities can come together and play in a fun and safe environment. Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first ultra-accessible family fun park, encompasses 25 acres of rides, attractions and activities for everyone, and all are welcome! Come play with us!

Camp Imua
Wailuku, HI
Provides a Special Camp for Special Campers, Camp Imua is an incredible Maui tradition that began in 1976. Held each year in June at Camp Maluhia in the West Maui Mountains, fifty campers and over one hundred volunteers come together for a week of crafts, games, swimming, helicopter rides and general fun, all the while making new friends and catching up with old. We express our deepest gratitude to all those community members who come forward to make this unique camping experience for children with special needs such an amazing and inspirational week. Camp Imua brings the community and children with special needs together for a free weeklong, overnight recreational camp each summer. The Camp gives school-age children with “special abilities” opportunities to try new activities and connect with others. It gives volunteers opportunities to connect with the children and to give back to the community. Camp Imua also gives the children’s caregivers much needed time off. Fifty children attend and at least 150 community volunteers and numerous businesses from restaurants, helicopter companies, and live bands make Camp Imua memorable and fun for all. Over 70% of Camp’s expenses are met through in-kind donations.