The mission of Adam’s Camp is to maximize the strengths and potential of children and young adults with special needs by bringing together dedicated families with outstanding professionals and volunteers to provide specialized therapy programs, family support and recreational camps.
1 in 6 children has a Developmental Disability. Not only do they have special needs but their family does as well. In a recent ranking of the states for services to those with developmental disabilities, Colorado ranks 50th of the 50 states for keeping families together and 24th for reaching those in need, demonstrating that serious service gaps exist in Colorado (UCP, The Case for Inclusion 2015). The programs of Adam's Camp address the needs of these children and young adults as well as their families.
Children with developmental disabilities are at a disadvantage educationally and socially. Often, extra intervention can ameliorate that disadvantage but the standard ways of providing intervention don't meet the needs of all children and families. Adam's Camp provides an alternative approach as the only organization in Colorado that practices the intensive, multi-disciplinary, family-centered therapy model.
Adam's Camp programs can be broken down into two main categories: Therapy Camps and Adventure Camps. Both categories serve individuals with developmental delays / functional limitations primarily in association with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, genetic syndromes or congenital anomalies as well as their families.
Research has demonstrated that intensive therapy pays off because it leads to greater improvements in various skill areas. Adam's Camp is the ONLY organization in Colorado offering intensive, multidisciplinary therapy. In 2015, 93% of parents of children attending Adam's Camp therapy camps reported that this multi-disciplinary therapy model was impactful for their child with special needs was significant.
Our therapy camps utilize our signature 5-5-5 model of 5 therapists to 5 kids for 5 days in a row which often creates developmental breakthroughs. All Pathfinder and Early Start Camp programs utilize the intensive therapy approach of one-on-one therapy with speech, music, physical, occupational and art or behavior therapists who have come together as a team with the child's parents, focusing on goals identified in advance. Trailblazer camp utilizes an activity- based, small group format. Therapy camps are designed to give children with developmental disabilities the therapeutic intervention to help them build needed skills such as communication, mobility, self-care, social skills and more. These skills are essential for making friends, being successful in school and being able to function as independently as possible. The other distinguishing aspect of the Adam's Camp Therapy Camp programs is that they all include the entire family, recognizing that parents and siblings of children with special needs have special needs of their own. Following camp, parents are given a flash drive with a digital, picture report of the week delineating the child's learning strengths, goals, interventions and results at camp and future recommendations so that the parents can review and share these with the child's school and home teams.
Additionally, programming provided for parents and siblings addresses their needs while strengthening the supports for the child with disabilities.
Adam's Camp Adventure Camps are sleep-away camps for those 8 and up with special needs, focusing on building social skills and connections as well as building independence. In 2015, 85% of Adventure Camp participants reported that they made new friends at camp and 72% of their parents reported development of new skills leading to greater independence following camp. Adventure Camps have the added benefit of providing respite for families, which many families have identified as their greatest need.
Adam's Camp has served nearly 12,000 children, youth and families since its inception in 1986 and has a proven record of solid leadership and financial responsibility.
Adam’s Camp was founded in 1986 by the parents of Adam, a six year old boy with cerebral palsy, and his physical therapist. Though he had been receiving weekly therapies since he was six months old, Adam was unable to walk or even crawl. In an effort to avoid having him placed in a wheelchair to attend school, Adam’s parents found a physical therapist who provided intensive therapy several hours each day for a full week. At the end of the week, Adam began walking for the first time with the aid of a walker. This progress encouraged Adam’s family and his ongoing physical therapist to create an opportunity for five families and five therapists to come together to see if intensive therapy could offer as much to other children with developmental disabilities as it had to Adam. The results were significant for each family, none more than for Adam who began walking independently at that first Adam's Camp. Over the past 29 years, Adam’s Camp has grown from one summer session serving 5 families in 1986 to 62 sessions serving 980 clients in 2014.
- Year established:1986
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
- IRS Subsection:509(a)(2)
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