"Behold how good and pleasant it is when all people live together as one. (Psalm 133)
Union for Reform Judaism Summer Camps
URJ camps have an Inclusion Coordinator, a trained professional to support campers with special needs, who are prepared to work with caregivers and professionals to plan for and provide a fulfilling camp experience for all children. In addition, two camps offer programs for campers with special needs open to young people from across North America.
Camp Ramah Tikvah Program (Conservative)
Special needs programs at individual Ramah camps serve different populations of children and different age groups. Some camps offer programs to serve campers with various levels of cognitive delay; others offer programs for campers on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Several Ramah camps also offer post-high school vocational programs that are designed to maximize independent functioning within a supervised setting or a college campus.
Yachad/NJCD Summer Programs (Orthodox)
Yachad’s Summer Programs include a variety of summer experiences for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. Yad B’Yad (hand-in-hand) is a summer tour that mainstreams high school students with their Yachad member peers. A number of camp experiences are available for youth in an inclusive environment at camps in the Poconos and Catskills in upstate New York. In addition, vocational programs have also been developed to provide job opportunities for individuals with disabilities in various sleepaway camp or day camp settings.