Summer Camps for Children with Special Needs

Provide by Chip Collins, Hopkinton District

Eastern & Central Massachusetts Summer Camps

Acton-Boxborough – Peter Pan Center’s Indoor Kids Camp. Social skills, peer interactions and building self-confident through direct social coaching and incidental learning for ages 7-12. Contact Donna Shea at 978/413-1965 or
Arlington – Dearborn Academy Summer Program. For children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges, summer experiences while learning appropriate behaviors and skills. (781) 641-5992
Aurburndale – Camp Echo Bridge, Auburndale, MA. For 5 – 21 children with MR. Contact 617-796-1527 or
Auburndale – Summer Social Intensive Camp.  Social cognition and  learning, Situation Awareness, executive function,  sensory needs,  supportive structured lessons, etc. Fees apply, registration required mp-2016/
Auburndale – Back to School Camp. Situational Awareness in the academic setting, Executive Function, Social Expectations for School, Academic Strategies, Tools and Techniques for School. PreK through high school. Fees apply, registration required to amp-2016/
Ayer – Peter Pan Center. Social coaching and friendships for children with ADD/ADHD, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disorders, Sensory Processing Challenges and Social Anxiety. Contact, or 978-772-1255 dshea.peterpancen
Belmont/Boston – Camp Sunrise/Boston ABA, Belmont, MA. Camp Sunrise or 617.990.4356 for social skills and fun for children with autism and their typically developing peers.
Boston, Canton, – Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation’s AccessSportAmeric a Adaptive Water Sports Program. For children and adults on the Autism Spectrum. Windsurfing, canoeing, surfing, water-skiing, etc. Contact 508.270.8855 or or visit theAccessSportAmerica Page.
Beverly – Comfort Zone Camp For Grieving Children, Beverly. Free for bereaved kids and teens 7 – 17 who have lost a family member or care giver to suicide. Build friendships, coping skills, enjoy traditional camp fun and age-based support groups. . or 866-488-5679.
 Beverly – The Greater Beverly YMCA Adaptive programs are designed to give children and adults with disabilities opportunities to participate in a variety of recreational and therapeutic activities. Contact 978-927-6855 x 1229 or visit
Bedford – Camp Triumph, Bedford, Danvers and North Reading, MA. For children with ADHD, Executive Functioning Disorder, Aspergers, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, Pragmatic Language Deficit, and Anxiety Disorder. Contact 781-942-9277 or
Boston – Camp Joy, Boston, MA. Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Camp Joy is for Boston residents ages 3-22 with disabilities and their siblings ages 3-7. The program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information 617.635.4920 or email Roberta.Smalls@cityofbos or visit the Camp Joy, or visit City of Boston SummerGuide
Boston – Camp Shriver, Boston.  An inclusive, sports-oriented day camp for children with and without intellectual disabilities, ages 8-12, from Boston, Brockton and Quincy.  Contact 617-287-7276 or visit
Boston Summer Camps and Activities are on the Boston Public Schools Page
Boston Center for Youth and Families BCYF Summer Guide
Boston Navigator Youth Program on the Boston Navigator Page Search
Boston After School and Beyond is on the Boston Beyond page.
Boy Scouts of America, Milton, MA, 617-615-0004. Offers inclusive recreational activities.
Boston Center for Youth & Families Page. Located in 35 centers across Boston, offer summer opportunities of summer camps, swimming pools, sports programs, community cookouts, free drop-in enrichment activities, and summer jobs. There is also a list of affordable programs including preschool and recreation. Visit the BCYF page for all the info.
Boston – Piers Park Sailing Center’s Adaptive Sailing Program, Boston. This sailing program is run by the disability community for the disability community who live and teach sailing. 617-561-6677 info@piersparksai
Boston – Piers Park Sailing “Mini Week” for All Abilities. Boston Harbor. Inclusive, 3-day program for ages 1830 looking to build on skills they learned during their time as PPSC Youth Sailors or first timers looking to try something new. Sail and socialize at Historic Boston Harbor. For more information visit The Piers Park Mini Week Adaptive Sailing page or email adaptive@piersparksailin
Boston and Cambridge – Super Soccer Stars Shine, Danehy Park Cambridge and the Back Bay. For ages 6 – 18.  Program uses soccer to teach life skills to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorders, Down’s Syndrome, ADHD and PDD-NOS. Fees Apply. Contact Operations and Special Needs Coordinator Super Soccer Stars Boston 781.777.7171 or visit
Boston Public Schools Camps & Summer Programs Page. For Pre-School through Young Adult. Basketball and Nike Camps, Shakespeare, Art at Lesley University, Wall Street at Bentley College, Health Corps at Beth Israel Deaconess, The Earn-A-Bike Program, Boston Architectural College, Ballet & Dance, Internships at Law Firms, Baseball, Theater, Employment & Skill Development, Canoe, Kayak and Boat Camps and much more. – Boston Children and Elementary Camp Page.  – Boston Teens and Young Adults Camp Page.
Boston – NEXT STEP College Success & Independent Living Program. Fosters skills of independent living in a college environment for students, grades 9-12, who are serious about attending college after high school. Serves Asperger’s Syndrome, NLD, or related learning differences. Contact 617-278-4119  or 617-278-4275 or 
Boston  – The Summer Treatment Program at Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA. Therapeutic summer day camp setting and treatment program is for children ages 6-12 with behavioral, emotional and learning problems. (617) 278-4261 or visit The Judge Baker Summer Page.
Boston – Chit-Chat Summer Camp, Franciscan Hospital, Boston. Helps children who use augmentative-alternative communication (AAC) devices with communicative competence through intensive group services while participating in favorite camp activities. Visit their webpage or the Clinic Coordinator 617-245-3800 ext. 5643
Boxford – Crest Collaborative, Boxford, MA. The Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (CREST) was first organized in July of 1974 under the name Greater Lawrence Educational Collaborative. Provides a six-week educational day program to students, ages 3 to 22 that have moderate to intensive/severe developmental delays or multiple disabilities.  http://crestcol 978 685-3000 ext 122.
Boxford and North Andover – Windrush Farm, Boxford & North Andover, MA. Working horse farm with weekly summer clinics such as Recreational Day, non-riding Horsemanship and Youth-At-Risk, for children and adults with physical, emotional, and learning disabilities. www.windrushfarm .org, 978-682-7855.
Boy Scouts of America, Milton, MA, 617-615-0004. Offers inclusive recreational activities.
Brewster – Dream Day at Cape Cod. A camp for seriously ill children up to age 18 and their families. Services a range of diagnoses: cancer, HIV, sickle cell, heart conditions, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and more. Camp is free for the entire family. For More information visit
Bridgewater – Bridge Center Special Needs Camps. Camp Connect for ages 5-22 with Asperger’s Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, and related disorders. Camp Discover for ages 4-22 regardless of the nature or severity of their disabilities. Camp Summit for ages 6-22 with severe behavioral challenges. Plus several more camps for disabilities. For more information contact Anna Wood , 508-697-7557 ext. 23 or visit http://www.thebridgectr. org/summer-camp.aspx
Brighton, Franciscan Hospital for Children Adaptive Sports Program: Shark Adaptive Baseball Camp – August 10-14, 2015,  Adaptive Bike Camp – August 17-21, 2015.  Fees apply. For more information contact or (617)-254-3800 x2280
Brighton – Rowing Program, Harry Parker Boathouse, Brighton. Adaptive program for youth and adults with a variety of physical and/or cognitive abilities. One -week day camp for adaptive athletes ages 18 and under, August 8-12. Free or sliding scale basis. Call 617-779-8277 or visit
Hopkinton & Sudbury – Aspirations Summer Camps, Sudbury & Hopkinton, neighboring communities. Recreation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton. or 978.639.3222.
Cambridge Adventure Day Camp & Daybreak Camp: Both camps offer inexpensive both activities that allow children with disabilities to experience the joys of summer camp without the high price. Complete the enrollment applications on their Camp Programs page.
Cambridge “ICanShine Bike Camp” – August 14th – 19th, 2016. Teaches individuals ages 8 and older with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle for just one 75-minute session per day. Uses adapted equipment, trained professionals and volunteers. Riders must be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane and meet other criteria.  Contact can-bike-cambridge-ma/ or
Cambridge Recreation Department: For Cambridge residents only. Serving ages 3 – 22 with Autism Spectrum, Behavior Disorder, Chronic Health Impairment, Deaf, Dual Diagnosis – ID/MI, Mental Health, Epilepsy/seizure Disorder, Language Impairment, Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Multiple Handicap, Physical Disabilities, Speech Impairment, Cerebral Palsy
Camp Fire USA Eastern Massachusetts Council Inc., Boston, MA. Provides all-inclusive, coeducational programs. 617-591-0300www.campfireusa-
Cambridge & Somerville – Daybreak Day Camp, Cambridge and Somerville. Providing supportive, therapeutic summer program for children, ages 5 through 11, with emotional and behavioral special needs who live in Cambridge and Somerville. www.cambridgec or 617-864-0960.
Cape Cod – Dream Day Family Camp, at Nickerson State Park, in Cape Cod, MA.  Free. For families who have children with life-threatening or serious illnesses and conditions. Each summer they can host up to 48 families (over 6 weeks).  Visit www.dreamdayoncapecod.or g, call 774-994-7346 or
Canton – Massachusetts Hospital School Summer Program, Canton. Adapted Aquatics, Creative Arts, Academic Support, Outdoor Adventures, Music and Drama, Sports, Boating & Water, Life Skills. For more information contact 781.830.8752or or 781.830.8755 or  or visit The Massachusetts Hospital School Summer Program Page.
Charlestown & Westwood – MGH Aspire: Autism Spectrum Summer Camp Programs, MGH at Charlestown & Westwood. For ages 5-18 with high functioning autism and related conditions. Summer Camp – ages 6-15, Summer Camp Junior – ages 5-7, Teen Explorations – ages 13-18. Hiking, swimming, making friends, etc. Contact 781.860.1900 or
Chelmsford – The Paul Center Extended Year Summer Program,  Chelmsford, MA. For students ages 4-21 with moderate to severe range of disabilities. www.thepaulcente, 978-256-4396.
 Cohasset, East Weymouth, Hingham – South Shore Support Services. Music Therapy, Yoga, Bowling. Fees apply. For more information contact 781-331-7878 ext. 19 or visit South Shore Support Services.
 Concord – MinuteMan Arc, Concord.  Special-Needs outing-based recreation program for ages 8 – 21. Outing-based recreation program for community exploration, motor skill development, and socialization. Fees apply. Contact dheller@minutemanarc.o rg or 978-287–7936.
Concord – Adapted Swimming. Pediatric and Young Adult Aquatic Physical Therapy and Adapted Swimming Instruction in a therapeutic pool for those with for special needs. For more information contact Laura@diamondphysicaltherapy.c omor www.diamondphysicaltherapy. com
 Danvers – The Spotlight Program. On Cue: Play-based friendship skills groups for children ages 6-9. Learn and practice social skills in an activities-based setting, field trips, swimming, etc.  or 978-624-2335. Next Stage: Transition preparation for 14-22.  For social-emotional challenges such as Asperger’s, HF Autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, etc., community field trips, support groups, independent living skills, etc.  or 978-624-2335. Social Scenes: Drama-based social pragmatics for youth ages 9-22. Social-emotional challenges such as Asperger’s, HF Autism, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, filmmaking, field trips, swimming, etc.  or 978-624-2335.
Dedham Area – PathFinders Special-Needs Camp: Dedham & Surrounding CommunitiesFor special needs kids ages 6-17. Kickball, t-ball, whiffle ball, swimming, nature walks, field games, arts & crafts, story time, etc. Transportation is available. All facilities are fully accessible.  For more information visit the Dedham Park & Recreation Pathfinders Page.
 Duxbury – Camp Wee-Kan-Tu at Camp Wing in Duxbury. Sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of MA & RI for children and teens ages 8-17 with epilepsy. 617.506.6041 ext. 11, or or The Epilepsy of MA & RI
 Duxbury – Duxbury Bay Maritime School – ACCESSail, Duxbury, MA – www.duxbayms.com781.934.7555.  An outreach program that offers sailing programs for adult and youth students with cognitive and/or physical challenges.
 Easton – Camp HOPe, Easton, MA. For ages 8 – 18 with a variety of disabilities, traditional camp activities and field trips. Call 508-205-0555, email k.desisito@houseofpossib or visit

East Sandwich, Riverview School Summer Program:
 Grades 6-12. July 12 – Aug. 14, 2015. For campers with complex language, learning and cognitive disabilities, focus on recreational activities, academics, personal growth , social skills training, and independent living. Visit Riverview School or contact  or 508-888-0489 ext. 206.
East Weymouth, Cohasset, Hingham – South Shore Support Services, Music Therapy, Yoga,  Bowling. Fees apply. For more information contact 781-331-7878 ext. 19 or visit South Shore Support Services.
Fairhaven, Camp Blue. For children ages 6 – 17 with Autism Spectrum Disorders who do not exhibit dangerous or disruptive behaviors, can communicate wants and needs, and will be ready to build on conversational skills and participate in small group activities. Contact 508-997-1311 or visit http://www.southcoastaut
 Framingham – Sunshine Programs, Framingham, MA. 508.877.1222www.reedacademy. net Therapeutic summer day program for boys with a spectrum of mild emotional difficulties.
 Framingham – Parks and Recreation Department. Visit their Parks Department Page or call 508-532-5960.
Framington – Musical Theater Inclusive Program, Framingham. The Performing Arts Center (PAC) of Metrowest offers this for grades 4-9. For more information call 508-875-5554 or visit
 Foxboro, Franklin, North Attleboro – New Horizons Inclusion Camps at Hockamock YMCAs, Foxboro, Franklin and North Attleboro: Provide youth and teens with special needs an opportunity to participate with typically developing peers in Y programs and activities. Improved social skills and self confidence, increased physical activity and independence, enhance mutual respect among people of all abilities. Fees apply. For Foxboro and Franklin contact 508.772.1327.  For North Attleboro contact 508.643.526
 Girl Scout Camps – Brewster, Bradford NH, Pelham NH, and Plymouth MA have overnight programs, plus day camps across the region. Call 800-882-1662.
Hanover – Cardinal Cushing Centers’ ACHIEVE Program, Hanover, MA. Transition program serves 17 -23 years old with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism or Down syndrome.  Visit or call 781-829-1205.
Hanover – Camp Gordon Clark. Inclusion supports now offered at South Shore YMCA Day Camps. For more information contact or 781-829-8585 x8316 or visit mps/
Holliston – Breezy Hill Farms, Holliston, MA 508-429-6233 or the Breezy Hills webpage. Offers those with physical, developmental and social delays horseback riding and therapeutic intervention.
Hopkinton & Sudbury – Aspirations Summer Camps, Sudbury & Hopkinton, neighboring communities. Recreation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton. or 978.639.3222.
Hanover – Cardinal Cushing Centers’ ACHIEVE Program, Hanover, MA. Transition program serves 17 -23 years old with mild to moderate intellectual or developmental disabilities, autism or Down syndrome.  Visit or call 781-829-1205.
Lexington – FUSE Summer Camp.  For autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, ADHD, language delays, sensory disintegration, preschool to entering fourth grade. Contact kshear@shearpresence.c om or call 617.251.6955 or
Lexington – Hopehouse. A transitional boarding program for young adults on an IEP who are focused on preparing for life beyond high school and learning practical skills. For more information contact or 781-862-7323 ext. 114or ext. 171 or visit
Lexington – Horsing Around at the BINA Farm, Sherborn. Inclusive summer program for children with and without special needs, including siblings. Daily group therapeutic or recreational horseback riding and horsemanship, plus cooking, gardening, arts & crafts, music or yoga. For ages 4-14. Contact or call 508-651-2462
Lexington – Leaders in Training Camp. July 2016.  Specifically designed for transition age young adults ages 17 – 25 with disabilities. Goal is to leave the program equipped with leadership skills, self-determination. Fees apply, registration required to  617.244.5472 | jspruance@waypointadventure.or g.
Jamaica Plain, Plymouth, Walpole – The Home for Little Wanderers: For youth ages 10-18 and 5 – 13 with emotional, behavioral, educational, and psychiatric issues. Visit sped or contact: – Walpole: 508-668-7703 x-130 – Plymouth:508-209-6430 – Jamaica Plain 617-264-5372 x2372
Mansfield, Rising Hope Farm. This inclusion program is designed to provide school-age children of all abilities with exposure to a range of equestrian, farming, arts’ enrichment, recreational, and educational opportunities. No more than 8 children per program week. For more information contact or visit /RisingHopeFarm
Natick – Camp Arrowhead. Natick, MA. Social & physical recreation for disabled & non-disabled. 508-647-6530 or
Needham – Camp Confidence, Needham, MA. For behavioral, developmental, and social needs of children ages 3-12 whose diagnoses may include PDD-NOS/autism, speech and language delays, ADHD, cognitive delays, and related challenges. Includes nature walks, cooking, creative arts, science, team building activities, goal setting. Visit the website or contact info@ConfidenceConnect or 781-433-9890.
Needham – Plugged In’s Music That Matters Summer Camp includes kids of all levels and needs. There is a band class, songwriting, recording a song for a CD, music video, workshops, offsite events, and performance opportunities. For more, call 781-956-4281 or visit ograms/summer-program/
Newton – Camp Grossman JCC, Newton, MA. Inclusive program offers campers with mild to moderate disabilities a regular camp program. Contact 617.244.5124 dsaltzberg@jccgb. org.
Norfolk -BINA Farm Center Summer Programs: For ages 6 -16. Horsing Around at the BINA Farm Center is an inclusive summer program for all abilities and skill levels. Horseback riding, horsemanship classes, arts & crafts and games. For more information contact 508-651-2462, email or visit
Norton – Camp Finberg, Norton, MA. YMCA camp for ages 3 – 14 with different abilities. Outdoor activities, swimming, Arts and Crafts, music, structured programs, predictable routines, social interactions, accommodations & supports for inclusion. Fees apply. Call 508-409-0741 or email  or visit the Attleboro YMCA Camp Page.
Norwood – Learning Solutions Summer Social Skills, Norwood. For students ages 5 – 18, Social Skills Groups for those with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Aspergers PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, NLD, low average to above average cognitive intellect with similar social challenges. Fees apply. Contact m or 781.762.3750
Natick – Bina Farm Programs: Natick: For ages 6 – 16 and includes music, yoga, gardening and nutrition as well as daily riding, horsemanship and arts and crafts. For more information visit or contact 508-651-2462
Newton – BLIN’G (Better Living N’ Girls) for girls with Spina BifidaMarch 3 – 5th, 2017, Newton. For girls ages 12-17 living with Spina Bifida and one parent. Join Boston-Children’s Hospital, Center for Spina Bifida and Spina Cord Conditions and SBAGreaterNE for the 4th Annual BLIN’G Weekend Includes two night stay, meals, seminars about healthy living, college, boxing, adaptive recreation, reiki massage, pool and makeovers. Fees apply. Contact edugan@SBAGreat or 888-479-1900or BLING
Newton – Carrol Center for the Blind, Newton. Summer Youth Programs, CarrollKids, CarrollTeen, CarrrolKidsTeenWest, Programs include Learning And Living Together, Strategies For Achieving Curriculum Access & Personal Potential, Learning to Learn, Real World of Work Experience, Transition to College, Computing for College, Accessible iOS App Camp. Visit the Carroll Camp Page for more information.
Newton – JCC Inclusion Camp & Camp Kehillah: For campers who have had success in a partial or full inclusion environment with shared support. The staffing levels are 2:1. Campers receive daily group swim instruction, participate in cooperative games, build social skills and learn self advocacy techniques.
Newton – Waypoint Leaders in Training program. For active young adults with disabilities ages roughly 17-25, a 3-day course to develop a leader and decision maker. Fees apply, registration required to 617.244.5472 jspruance@waypointadventure.or g
North Easton – Girls Overnight Respite, House of Possibilities, North Easton,  For girls 8 – 21 with special needs. Fees apply, financial help may be available. Visit www.houseofpossibilties. org, or call 508.205.0555, or email k.desisto@houseofpossibi
Norwell – Nature Adventures Day Camp at South Shore Natural Science Center. Inclusion supports now offered at South Shore YMCA Day Camps. For more information contact  or 781-829-8585 x8316 or visit mps/
Norwood – Learning Solutions Summer Social Skills, Norwood. For students ages 5 – 18, Social Skills Groups for those with ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Aspergers PDD-NOS, High Functioning Autism, NLD, low average to above average cognitive intellect with similar social challenges. Fees apply. Contact info@learningsolutions or 781.762.3750
Peabody – Camp Rec at the Recreation Education Center. Summer ABA day program, assist those with special needs such as Autism Spectrum Disorder ages 3 – 22 years old. Contact 978-717-5062 or info@recreationeducationcenter .com or visitwww.recreationaleducationcente
Quincy Day Camp –  Eastern Nazarene College. Inclusion supports now offered at South Shore YMCA Day Camps. For more information contact  or 781-829-8585 x8316 or visit mps/
Reading – EMarc Program, Reading. Offers special needs summer programs including Adaptive Dance, Expressive Movement, Swimming, Cooking, Karate, Music Therapy, Guitar, Hiking Adventures, High School and Social Clubs, Family and Special Olympics, and more 781.942.4888, or or visit
Rutland – West Meadow Woods, Rutland, MA. For boys and girls ages 6 to 17 who are diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and who would benefit from social skills training, small groups, structure, and building friendships with a group of peers.508-886-4746, x. 322 or 330 or visit
Scituate’s CORSE – Inclusive Camps: CORSE Foundation All Stars camps provide recreation for children with and without special needs up to age 22 who would prefer a less competitive atmosphere. Includes a Youth Camp, Gym Program, Field Trips, Maritime Water Adventures, the “I Can Bike” program and more. For more information visit the Corse Foundation Programs Page.
Sharon: Social Skills Camp/Farm Program for Grades 3-8.  For those with behavioral and social learning differences, including Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism, ADD/ADHD, and those without a formal diagnosis but who struggle in the social world. Activities include: farm animals, growing food and cooking. etc. Fees apply. For more information contact kim@mosaicfarmprogram. com or
Somerset – Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation & Enrichment Summer Inclusive (AIRE) Program. Inclusive programs such as Music & Movement and Theatre, Hip Hop Line Dance & More. Call 508-343-0573, or visit the A.I.R.E. Foundation.
Stoneham – Camp Goodtime in Stoneham, MA. 781-895-3200, ext 24. For children 3-22 with Asperger’s, PDD, Anxiety Disorders, and Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities. Focus is on language and social skills through structured fun activities.
Sudbury – Summer Inclusion Program. Behavioral support, activity adaptation and friendship facilitation for children entering grades K – 5. Participants must have an IEP or 504 to qualify. Scholarships available. For more information contact 978-639-3257 or or visit the Sudbury Park and Recreation Department.
Tyngsboro – Simply Social Kids Summer Clubs. For ages 10+, Coping & Calming Club,  Personal Power & Kindness Club,  Stick Up for Themselves Club, Random Acts of Kindness Club. For more information contact o r visit /
Waltham – Drama Play Connections, Waltham, MA. Pragmatic Drama workshop for children and young adolescents withAsperger’s Disorder, NLD, ADHD, Social Anxiety, Shyness, and gifted children who struggle to connect with their peers. Call781.899.1160 or visit www.dramaplayconnection. com
Wakefield – Camp S.A.I.L., from EMarc, Wakefield. CAMP S.A.I.L. Summer Adventures, for ages 13-21 with developmental disabilities. Recreation, plan outings, and practice with different kinds of transportation.  Fees apply. Contact or call 781.942.4888.
Watertown – Camp Pequossette Day Camp/Watertown Rec Department, serving Watertown, Waltham and Belmont. Inclusion program incoporates special-needs youth, 6 – 12, in the program. Finanical Aid Available. Arts, games, etc. Call 617-972-6494.
Watertown – End of Summer ABA Camp,  Watertown. Children ages 3 – 5 participate with indoors group activities and social and language interaction and instruction. Contact Katie Carey, Advances Learning Center, 617-923-7575 x 30.
Watertown – Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown. Outreach Services offers different age based camps for students. Visit The Perkins Community Outreach Page.
Watertown – Summer Socials” learning skills, Watertown. Direct instruction in functional social skills, practice skills and develop the skills for friendships. For more information contact Heather Ross at Advances Learning Center 617.923.7575 ext. 325
Wellesley Hills – Boston Ability Center (BAC) Camp, Wellesley Hills. Camp BAC is run by therapists. Campers work on social skills, language arts and literacy, gross motor games and fine motor activities. For ages 3-7. Contact 781.239.0100
Wellesley – Confidence Connection/Camp Confidence, Wellesley. For ages 3 – 12, program has developmental, social, and behavioral help for children with PDD-NOS/Autism, speech and language delays, ADHD, cognitive delays and related challenges.508.479.6097 or visit The Confidence Connection.
Westborough, Ignite – Prototype Academy Summer Camp. For ages 3 – 14 with learning differences. Program provides cognitive and physical activities to improve self confidence and create independence, and integrates with Prototype Kids Strength and Conditioning programming. For more information contact  or visit ignite-prototype-academy/
West Bridgewater  – Wild Hearts Summer Horse Camp, West Bridgewater. Activities include grooming and bathing horses, obstacle courses designed to match the ability level of each participant, and individualized attention. For further registration information,visit the Wild Hearts page or call 617-970-6235
West Newbury – Horse Barn Summer Camp for Teens with Autism & Other Developmental Delays: West Newbury, MA. Integrated camp for teens ages 14 – 22 with autism and other developmental delays. Must be able to fulfill program requirements to participate. For more information visit The Holland Project or contact thehollandproject@comc or 978-764-8611
West Newton – The Price Center Summer Trips, West Newton. Trips to Walden Pond, Fenway Park, Roger Williams Zoo, and Strawberry Picking. For more information contact 617.332.7477, ext. 220.
Westwood – New England Sports Academy, Westwood, variety of camps and programs that serve some neurological disabilities. Contact 781- 493- 6345 or
Westwood – Social Fit (R) Summer Camp, Westwood. For high functioning youth in grades 1 – 8 with at least low average to above average cognitive ability and social challenges such as ADHD, HFA, AS, Anxiety, NLD, etc. Intake required for admission. For more information contact tstoll@learningsolutionsforme. com m or www.learningsolutionsform or 781-762-3750
Westford – Camp Apex-Marcus Lewis Day Camp: Westford, – Camp Apex-Marcus Lewis Day Camp: Westford, MA. Typical camp that accepts a limited amount of High-functioning children with Autism and Aspergers. Campers must be approved prior to registering. Fees apply. Visit the Camp Apex Marcus Lewis Page for more info.
Chip Collins
Learning Specialist

Best Buddies Advisor
Hopkinton High School
Extension 6815

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Fenway Park, Boston, June 21st, 2016. Join Special Olympics Massachusetts (SOMA) to celebrate Special Olympics Night at Fenway Park. All families, friends and athletes are encouraged to come together and celebrate while watching the Boston Red Sox take on the Chicago White Sox. Please keep in mind this is a regularly-priced event that requires a ticket purchase. For more information visit the Red Sox Special Olympics night page at For groups of 20 or more please contact Matt Labossiere at 617-226-6834 or

Upton – iCanShine Bike Camps. Bike Camps For Special Needs. Upton – contact  Visit

Hopkinton & Sudbury – Aspirations Summer Camps, Sudbury & Hopkinton, neighboring communities. Recreation for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, in partnership with the Metrowest YMCA in Hopkinton. Contact or 978.639.3222.

Deadline is June 30th, 2016. The National Autism’s Associations’ Helping Hand Program was developed as a financial aid tool for families that need it most. It helps qualified families pay for medical services used to treat individuals diagnosed with autism.The Helping Hand Program provides families with financial assistance in getting necessary medical treatments, lab testing, and physician-recommended supplements and therapies for their child with autism. This program does not provide funding for iPads, camp tuition, respite care, fencing, trampolines, swing sets, trips to Disney World, etc.
*** Funding is extremely limited. This program is intended ONLY for parents in DIRE financial need. Do not apply if your annual net income exceeds $50,000. Helping Hand grants are one-time grants, previous recipients may not re-apply.
Your child must meet all three basic criteria to apply:
1. Birth to age 21.
2. Reside in the United States of America.
3. Diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.
The maximum amount awarded per family is a one-time grant of $1,000. You must meet ALL the criteria. For more information visit or contact

Framingham: Become a special education surrogate parent (SESP) and help a child with their IEP. Help a child who is in DCF custody and has no parent or guardian to represent them at their IEP meeting. For those of you who have a child on an IEP, this is a wonderful way to pay it forward, taking the experience you’ve had with your child and help another child who has no parent to represent them. For more information on the SESP training in Framingham, see below.

Autism Speaks Story Land discount for 6/26

UMass, Shrewsbury, June 24th, 2016. The Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services presents Barbara Oliver, an advocate for adults with disabilities and for providing a safer web experience for vulnerable populations. Her focus is on Internet safety and emergency uses of social media targeted toward adults with learning disabilities and their caregivers, and using social media to provide knowledge, build community, and access to tools, while understanding and managing safety. Barbara has served on several boards including those of the Community Leadership Institute of the Cape and Islands, and the Philanthropy Day Committee of the Planned Giving Council of Cape Cod.
For more information visit or contact

Soccer Clinic for Children with Disabilities  New England Revolution Academy coaches, assisted by available New England Revolution players, will be on hand to provide instructional skills drills, sportsmanship and fun!  Empower Field House (Next to Gillette Stadium) 1 Patriot Place Foxboro, MA 02035, Monday, July 18, 2016 1:00PM – 3:00PM Registration is required as space is limited.

Moms of Amazing Kids is a social support group for moms raising babies & toddlers, school aged kids & teens, and adults with special needs.  Free membership, mom’s nights out, and playgroups.

May 17th SEPAC Meeting & Special Education Forum

Save the date! May 17th 6 pm to 9 pm  in the Middle School Library.  Dr Zaleski and the Hopkinton SEPAC will be holding a public forum to discuss Special Education Initiatives:

  • Progress reporting
  • Extended School Year (ESY) transition and goals
  • “Adjustments to Practice” when special education students are not meeting their IEP goals
  • Closing the achievement gaps
  • The new Transition Coordinator
  • Professional Development for Special Education teachers
  • Math and ELA Teacher Resources Inventory

Navigator Scholarships

Scholarship Application Deadline 4/27/2016

Qualifications: Senior male or female student residing in the town of Hopkinton. The Student may be at the Hopkinton High School or Out of District. Formerly or currently receiving special education or related services through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. Commitment to learning and achieving when challenged with learning and/or physical differences.  See links below for more information:


2016 Navigator Requirements

2016 Navigator Application

DESE Audit Time

From Karen Zaleski, Director of Student Services

January 20, 2016

Dr. Cathy MacLeod, Superintendent of the Hopkinton Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of March 14, 2016 – March 18, 2016. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department’s Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, English Learner Education (ELE), Civil Right and Other General Education Requirements . After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district [or charter school] must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district [or charter school] will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <>.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department’s visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent’s office at (508) 417-9360 no later than February 15, 2016, to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3742 (number for onsite chairperson, Corey Steinman). A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

Parents who have children with IEPs in Hopkinton may provide feedback by printing out survey below and Returning to Corey Steinman, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, Massachusetts 02148-4906

Hopkinton Special Education Parent Survey -English

Free Response to Intervention Software Demos

55b5bf6117cb4721980afbc6cd0b72b8First, a couple of definitions: Formative vs Summative Assessment, Formative is a short evaluation prior to instruction and Summative is an after instruction assessment to see how much has been understood and absorbed. Response to Intervention (RTI) is the differentiated, targeted instruction and practice that meets the student with instruction, and practice at the level and pace they are learning at.  There as Formative and Summative assessment software and some provide Assessment and RTI and some are strictly non-targeted practice.  RTI can be used by students in special education and those not in non-special education, even to provide challenges to those working at above grade level.

Blended Learning when some of the instruction is provided online or digitally and some in is taught traditionally via a teacher. Blending learning can have the benefit of repetition and control over pace of instruction.

The most powerful of the softwares are aligned with the state common core, support English language learners, are research based (been proven to work), include reporting and are adaptive to learners with physical challenges or poor gross motor skills.

Free Software Demos:

  • Dreambox Standards-Aligned, K-8 Math
  • Fast Math, Provided by the District, basic math facts
  • Front Row Reading and Math, K-8
  • IXL PK-12 Math, ELA grade 1 -12, Science/ Social Studies grades 2-5
  • Khan Academy Math, Science, Economics
  • Lexia- Provided by the District, Literacy Skills K-5
  • Orchard Software provides targeted instruction in math, reading, writing, language arts, and science for grades K-9.
  • Prodigy Math Game with grade level target-able skills, standards aligned, grades 1 to 8.
  • RAZ Kids- Provided by the District, K-5 Leveled reading practice with comprehension questions
  • Ten Marks K-12 Math

Other products- No Free Demos 🙁

This list is not an exhaustive list, if you know of others you have liked, please let us know.  Reviews welcomed!  Send them to us at



Dear PAC members,

Pick your Super Bowl Square(s) and support Hopkinton’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council!  The money raised will help meet our $5,000 Marathon Fundraising Goal.
Each square costs $25. Super Bowl Sunday Q1-Q3 winners will win $200 and the final score winner securing $400.  The rest of the monies raised will go directly to Hopkinton SEPAC.
To select your square(s)  go to this link, NFL SuperBowl Squares:
(Login: Boston  Passcode: boston1)
Please Note: Squares must be selected by Noon Saturday. 
Numbers 0-9 will be randomly generated and assigned to boxes prior to the start of the game. After selecting your squares you will receive an email confirmation from the site.  Please send your donation to:
Sue Lallier
3 Pendulum Pass
Hopkinton MA 01748
Questions? Contact Elaine Desmond at:
Introducing this year’s SEPAC runner: Peter Kiely
Peter Kiely is a Quality Engineer  working  with Boston Scientific in Co Tipperary, Ireland. He has many work colleagues in the Marlborough Area of Massachusetts  which put him in contact with Hopkinton SEPAC.  Peter is married to Rosie and they  have four children Conor, Emma, Harry and Charlie.
In 2012  Peter’s son Harry  tragically died suddenly with  bacterial meningitis. Although Meningitis  is a very serious disease,  there are many children which  survive needing  special education assistance to help cope with the after effects of the  disease.  Peter looks forward to fundraising for this special cause  and for Hopkinton SEPAC.
Peter is a  keen runner and loves to run the Irish roads especially in the quiet countryside. In recent years he has completed  the Cork, Dublin and London Marathon and participates in local 5k and 10k races.  His claim to fame is he has run all 5 Boston Scientific Half marathon races  which are organised by his local running Club which takes place in his home town of Clonmel each summer.
Peter is looking forward to running another marathon and his first overseas marathon in Boston. He is delighted  to have the opportunity to run the Boston marathon and  promote Hopkinton SEPAC.

Young Adult Fiction Books on Living with Disability

  • Young Adult Fiction for Learning Difference/Disability Awareness:
    Wonder, Palacio, R.J.
    Out of My Mind, Draper, Sharon M.
    Counting by 7s, Sloan, Holly Goldberg
  • Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Matthew Dicks
    El Deafo, Bell, Cece
    Flowers for Algernon, Keyes, Daniel
    Marcelo in the Real World, Stork, Francisco X.
    Paperboy, Vawter, Vince
    Rules, Lord, Cynthia

For more check out this blog post