Children with disabilities want the same things as any other child their age. They desire to feel included and exercise their independence. And like most children, their activity interests are diverse: playing sports, visiting parks and playgrounds, attending summer camps, hanging out with friends, and so on. But routine childhood activities can be both physically and mentally challenging for children with special needs. Take advantage of the obstacles present, and treat them as teachable moments to encourage your child to persevere through challenges.
The options available for children with disabilities to participate in physical activities and accessible leisure alternatives continue to grow. Camps and programs across the country offer special needs children with fun and memorable experiences. Use the Kids Camps search tool to find a camp in your state. Other organizations that offer safe activities camps include Adaptive Sports Foundation and KEEN USA.
(For a full list of resources for special needs children, click here.)
By Danica R. Vassigh
The author wishes to acknowledge contributing writers and researchers Molly Pannell and Lauren Sumners.