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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, Adult & Inclusion Associate Director, at [email protected].