Easter Seals is the largest provider of recreation and camping services for people with disabilities in the country. Even with civil rights legislation prohibiting it, people with disabilities are regularly excluded from typical recreation opportunities. Easter Seals programs provide an opportunity for children and adults to participate in extracurricular, educational, and personal development activities. Easter Seals recreation programs take many forms, from sports and fitness activities, to after school play, to Saturday-night social gatherings and community outings. While promoting fun is key, Easter Seals programs also meet other important objectives, including easier adjustment to new environments, a greater sense of personal satisfaction, and personal habits that lead to a healthy lifestyle.
Our residential and day camps are available for children and adults of all types and levels of ability. Our camps are barrier-free and designed to be accessible to everyone. A camp experience increases skills and enhances self-confidence while giving families much needed respite from the hard work and responsibility that they face every day. Camping programs serve to let participants discover and explore their interests, values and talents. Additionally, these activities provide an opportunity to learn to problem-solve, make social adjustments to new and different people, learn responsibility, and gain new skills to increase self-esteem.
Allison Hoffman, 13, of Felton water-skis for the first time on Lake Aldred through an Easter Seals event that helped people with disabilities experience freedom on the water.
Contact Easter Seals to learn more about the services available in your area.