As a child, I do not remember ever going to away to camp. Vacation Bible School was probably the closest thing to camp, but every year we did manage to go to our grandmother’s house in good ole’ West Virginia and quite frankly depending on what my brother and I discovered that year (snakes and the use turpentine to keep them away or learning to stay off a busy highway when wanting to go for a leisurely walk). There was always something we learned being with our grandmother, so that was like our camp experience. Now that I think about it, we used to make bonfires and it was pretty fun.

It is almost time for summer camp and for some individuals with special needs they do not get to experience like others, how it is to be able to go away to camp even for a week. I have composed a small list of places within Metro Atlanta that have some type of summer camp/program for those with disabilities or special needs.

Here is the list that I have compiled:

Sophia Academy

2880 Dresden Dr., Atlanta, GA

Program with Orton-Gillingham trained teachers. Also, Middle School Leadership Institute available. Please join us for camps that are specifically designed for students with learning differences who will be entering grades 1st through 6th. All camps are taught by well-trained, experienced teachers. Our camps are affordable, designed for maximum fun and all are small in size with no class containing more than ten students (from the website mentioned above).     Appropriate for: Teen, Elementary

Alexsander Academy

1090 Powers Place, Alpharetta.

For students with AS, HFA, ADHD/ADD or LD. Morning math skills or afternoon LA skills. They have scholarships available for families that qualify. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

Camp Echo Inclusion Camps

High Meadows (Roswell); Cowart YMCA (Sandy Springs), 1055 Willeo Rd., Roswell, GA

Inclusion with a typical kids camp. Swimming, arts and crafts and more. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

Camp Happy Hearts

Alpharetta Recreation & Parks, The Lionheart School, 225 Roswell St., Alpharetta, GA. Call 678-297-6154

Swimming, arts and crafts, games, sports and field trips for children with mild disabilities.Appropriate for: Elementary

Challenge Camp

Academy at North Fulton, 11660 Alpharetta Hwy. Roswell, GA

Physically and mentally engaging sports, games and activities. Special needs and typical campers welcome. Grouped by age and ability.

Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

Children’s Special Services Various Schools in Atlanta

Full day available. | Handwriting, social skills and sensory development. Appropriate for: Preschool, Elementary, Teen

Circus Arts Social

206 Rogers St. NE, Suite 214, Atlanta, GA                         Learn low trapeze, rope climbing, juggling and tightwire. Appropriate for: Elementary

Circus Arts Social Summer Camp is based on the same principals and methods as Small Group Circus Arts Therapy. The program is specifically designed for those with learning differences, physical challenges, social challenges, and other special needs. It is a unique play therapy experience that may be practiced independently or used to compliment other types of therapy.

Cumberland Academy

650 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Atlanta, GA

Field trips, daily math and language, social pragmatics in a positive and fun environment. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

Focus Summer Day Camps

Various Locations

Camp Hollywood includes crafts, cooking, books, science, recreation and music. Camp Team (ages 7-13) includes swimming, team activities, nature hikes, pottery, sports, music. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen, Adult

Frazer Center Summer Camps

1815 S. Ponce De Leon Ave., Atlanta, GA

Inclusive camp for typically developing and special needs children including themes and field trips. Appropriate for: Elementary

Lekotek Summer Computer Camp

1955 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta, GA

Campers with physical, cognitive and/or sensory disabilities learn alongside siblings and peers to play using adaptive and innovative technology. Appropriate for: Elementary

MDE School

1517 Johnson Ferry Road., Marietta, GA

Camp sessions include reading, writing and social skills plus cooking, crafts and woodworking. Appropriate for: Preschool, Elementary, Teen

Peotsi Day Camp

Northwest Unitarian Church, 1025 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NW Atlanta, GA

PE-based program for kids receiving O.T. due to sensory integration issues. Aspergerís, ADHD and HFA. Hiking, art therapy, fishing, bicycling, music and drama. Appropriate for: Elementary

Porter Academy Camp

200 Cox Rd., Roswell, GA

Maintain academic progress within a fun camp experience. Camp includes academics, arts and crafts, OT, PE, in-house field trips. Appropriate for: Elementary

Shenanigans Applied Theatre Camp

Locations in Roswell, Marietta, Buckhead

Theme camps in improv acting for teens transitioning to adults. Appropriate for: Teen, Adult

Special Needs Schools of Gwinnett Camps

660 Davis Rd., Lawrenceville, GA

Both typical and special needs early intervention, therapeutic and hands-on play. Camp available for special needs young adults. Appropriate for: Preschool, Elementary, Teen

Squirrel Hollow Camp

Bedford School, 5665 Milam Rd. Fairburn, GA

For children with learning differences, ADD or academic difficulties. Includes reading, math and writing skills. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

Teen Scene Summer Camp

Wheeler Park, Maxwell Building, 1400 Parker Rd., Conyers, GA 770-278-7249

Sports, games, swimming, music, dance, cooking, art and field trips for teens with special needs. Appropriate for: Teen, Adult

The Schenck School

282 Mt. Paran Rd. NW, Atlanta, GA

Academic and creative writing camps (mornings), afternoon adventures for students with reading difficulties, including dyslexia. Appropriate for: Elementary, Teen

An entire list of camps are found here: Metro Atlanta 2016 Camp Guide, but feel free to see other Summer Camp Guides: 

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