FACILITY UPDATE: The basketball gyms will be closing at 2pm on Saturday, September 21 to prepare for the Bump2Baby Expo. The gym will reopen on Monday, September 23 at 5am. Thank you for your understanding.

Inclusion Camp Program

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Inclusion Camp Program

The Open Hearts/Open Doors (OH/OD) special needs inclusion camp program provides accommodations for children with disabilities to fully participate with age-appropriate peers at the JCC Camps at Medford and Early Childhood Camps at the Katz JCC. We place campers in our Open Hearts/Open Doors program in bunks according to age and/or grade and gender along with their typical peers.

The majority of our OH/OD campers receive one-on-one assistance, though some share assistance with other campers. Also integrated within the camp, a trained shadow (advocate) helps each child fully maximize his/her experience. Our camp staff directly hires and trains these advocates; there is no additional cost to families. Our Open Hearts/Open Doors team trains all camp staff about creating an inclusive camp experience. There is no additional cost for a child to participate in OH/OD program as this is made possible through generous donations and fundraising events throughout the year.

Campers in the OH/OD program span a variety of intellectual and developmental disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and communication impairments.

Space is limited and there is a waiting list for this program. For an application, please contact Nina Staiman, Director of ACHaD Special Needs Department, at [email protected].