We are excited to share the Autism Society Inland Empire’s all-new Summer Camp Guide for 2023!
Autism Society Inland Empire (ASIE) has compiled a list of camp opportunities that you may explore this year, and we are happy to share this guide with our community!
Continue reading to learn more about this new resource (introduction of the 2023 Summer Camp Guide). Thank you ASIE for creating this awesome guide!
Did you know that Regional Centers can now pay for Camps?
Paying for camps was “suspended” in 2009, meaning regional centers could not pay for them. The good news is as of July 2021, Regional Centers can pay for camps for all ages!
Camps may be provided outdoors or in nature. If a portion of the camp is provided indoors, the setting must be integrated with non-disabled peers.
Camps can be either residential camps (overnight camps where the client stays the night) or day camps (the client goes home every day). There are two possible ways Regional Center will pay for camps:
- If the camp is vendored – Regional Center can pay the camp directly. Camp can also be funded as a form of out-of-home respite.
- If the camp is not vendored – Regional Center can reimburse the family for the cost of camp.
- Mileage to and from the camp can be reimbursed.
Contact your Regional Center caseworker to add goals and services to your Individualized Program Plan (IPP).
Camps fill up quickly – usually March, however we have no control over other camps. We have included resources which only serve individuals with disabilities as well as those organizations and businesses who may be “friendly” and accepting of our population.
We have curated a list of camps that are Autism or disability friendly. Contact Information is provided for each of the resources. To avoid disappointment due to schedule changes or space limitations, we encourage parents to call ahead to make sure the listed activity is available and meets you and your child’s needs.
We also have a huge listing of monthly social recreation events on our website – https://ieautism.org/social-recreation-resources/ Another good source of information for your area is your city Park and Recreation Department- many of them offer adaptive programs.
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