Looking for fun activities to keep you busy during the summer months? Well, you’re in luck because we compiled this comprehensive list with loads of inclusive events and activities to choose from.
Summer Camps & Programs For Individuals With Special Needs
Dedicated exclusively to camps that serve individuals with one or more of a wide range of special needs. Locate a summer camp or program based upon your particular requirements and criteria. There are more than those located in TX.
Very Special Camps
REACH -Resource Centers of Independent Living Summer Camps
This camp is for any young person with a disability, who is between the ages of 13-22 years old. It is FREE! Attendant care will not be provided. Please call to see if your teen qualifies by July 11th. Seating is limited! Number varies per location, check them out here REACH
GOAL - Green Oaks Adult Learning
Green Oaks Adult Learning is excited to offer a summer full education programs and fun designed for adults who have intellectual disabilities. Since each week stands alone and themes change weekly, families can enroll in whichever weeks are desired. Schedules are tailored to the individual and participants may enroll for part or full days, fro
m one to five days a week. Dayhab funds may be utilized for part of the program.
Green Oaks Summer Programs
Deer Creek Camp - Friends Week
Friends Week-This week of camp is designed and set aside for children and adults with special needs. This week of camp is filled with fun activities that enable each camper to step out of their comfort zone, make new friends, and grow in their faith. Some of these include swimming in the pool, performing in our annual Talent Show, singing songs at Team Meeting, playing sports, doing arts and crafts, and so much more. Volunteers provide a 1:1 Camper to “Buddy” Ratio.
Deer Creek Camp
Bachman Recreation Center - Dallas, TX
In addition to serving the needs of the neighborhood that surrounds Bachman Recreation Center, it also caters to people who are mentally, physically and emotionally disabled; and has done so for more than 30 years. The recreation center was constructed in 1979 and is truly a one of a kind facility. The land with the lake was owned by Margaret and John B. Bachman. In 1854 the Bachman’s were granted 298 acres, where now, Love Field, Bachman Lake and Bachman Recreation center are located.
An interactive, inclusive storytime ideal for children with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or short attention spans. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote learning - read books, sing songs, move around and have fun! Visit the children’s desk or email for more info and to check availability. Ages 3 & up.
Plano Recreation Centers
SNAP Storytime (ages 3 & up)
An interactive, inclusive storytime ideal for children with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration challenges or short attention spans. Activities are designed to stimulate the senses and promote learning - read books, sing songs, move around and have fun! Visit the children’s desk or email for more info and to check availability. Registration required either by email () or in person at Davis and Parr.
SNAP Family Storytime (all ages)
For children with ASD and other special needs and their families. Books, songs, movement activities, playtime, high structure and interaction in a sensory-sensitive environment that includes parents and siblings. Visit the children's desk or email sensorystorytime@ plano.gov for more info and to check availability
SNAP STEAM Saturdays (all ages)
For children with ASD and other special needs and their families to experience STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Music in their own way. Engagement, structure, and fun. Visit the children’s desk or email for more info and to check availability.
SNAP Autism Friendly Movies (all ages)
Join us for Autism- and sensory-friendly movie showings. These screenings are shown with the lights up and the volume lowered. Children are free to move around and talk as needed And Adapted Recreation opportunities - Plano City Recreation
CAMP - Children’s Association for Maximum Potential
Since 1979, CAMP has been providing recreational programming for children and adults with developmental, intellectual, medical, behavioral, and physical disabilities. They believe that “CAMP is for the camper” and our goal is to help every camper reach their maximum potential. Their 1:1 camper to counselor ratio and volunteer medical staff are key to providing a safe and fun-filled experience. CAMP not only offers fun and safe enrichment activities for children with special needs, but for their siblings as well, providing parents much-needed respite from childcare responsibilities.
Here is the schedule for this summer: Summer Schedule
Camp for All
Camp is a place where all children get to experience opportunities for independence, increased self-confidence, and community-living skills. For children and adults with special needs and challenging illnesses, this is even truer. Camp For All helps our campers Discover Life by showing them that there are other people out there with the same issues. Campers also find out more things that they can do at Camp For All due to our barrier-free facilities, universal programming and understanding staff.
Many options are near Houston. Most of the camps do not charge the campers to attend. In order to help make that happen, they work to raise more than $2.4 million annually to help cover half the cost for each camper.
Camp For All