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2023 SoCal Summer Camps for Kids of All Abilities

Published: Mar. 22, 2023Updated: Mar. 22, 2023
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Summer programs can be an invaluable source of growth and development for our kids, supplementing what the school district has to offer, such as extended school year (ESY), and providing enrichment once school is out for the summer.

The Undivided Research Team has put together a list of camps and classes that give our kids the opportunity to make peer connections, improve social skills, have fun while learning through STEM activities and visual and performing arts, and get some physical activity to boot! Check out our great lists here, which have something for everyone:

(These camps are mostly in Los Angeles area. If you're interested in learning about accessible camps in a different area, reach out to learn about getting a custom research report!)

Be sure to check out our guide for how to find the best camp for your child, including questions to ask a camp director, where to explore funding options, and what camps legally have to provide to kids with extra support needs.

If your child is a Regional Center client, you may be able to pay for summer activities (and support in accessing them) by requesting social-recreational funding. Our Public Benefits Specialist, Lisa Concoff Kronbeck, tells us, “Every Regional Center should have a list of vendors on its website. If you know which program you want your child to attend and it’s not on the list, now is a good time to reach out and find out if they are willing to go through the vendorization process. Another option is to look at vendor lists for other nearby Regional Centers and see if anyone on their list is local to you.” You can read more in our article Regional Center’s Social-Recreational Funding Is Back!


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Related Parent Questions

Will Regional Center pay for a 1:1 aide for my child’s summer class or camp?
If the camp or class your child will attend is not very familiar with accommodating kids with disabilities, an inclusion aide can help facilitate socialization and full participation.
What are camps legally required to provide to kids with disabilities?
Camps operating on public grounds have to “provide your child with reasonable access to the program, and cannot discriminate based on any physical or intellectual disability that inhibits or affects a major life activity.
What questions should I ask when looking for an inclusive camp?
We recommend that parents ask these three critical questions when searching for an inclusive camp to determine if it would be a good fit.

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