Connexions Resource Centre
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Camps & Activities for Children with Special Needs

Camps for Children with Special Needs

Ville de Gatineau Day Camps: ENFEX Companion Program
The Ville de Gatineau Day Camps: ENFEX Companion Program provides one-on-one support for children with special needs or disabilities who wish to participate in the regular Ville de Gatineau Day Camps by matching them up with a companion who is responsible for: fostering the child’s integration and inclusion in the day camps; adapting the nature and order of activities to the child’s abilities and needs; and protecting the child’s safety and integrity during their time at the day camp.  The ENFEX Companion Program is for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Disorder with or without Hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD), Intellectual Impairment, physical disability, Tourette’s Syndrome, a global developmental delay, Language or Speech Disorder, mental health problems, behavioural disorder, etc.   The ENFEX Companion Program is offered in Aylmer, Buckingham & Masson-Angers, Gatineau, and Hull sectors.

Trait d’Union Outaouais
Trait d’Union provides various packages of Educational and Group Activities for children and youth with ASD to give them the opportunity to learn while having fun. Programming is designed and facilitated by qualified educators and is based on recognized educational models. Activities allow participants to improve communication skills, develop social skills, increase motor skills, increase autonomy, enjoy outings within the community and socialize and have fun with peers.  Children and youth are grouped by age and according to appropriate support levels. Their interests are also considered. Programs are structured, but remain flexible in order to adapt to the needs of each individual.

Learning Disabilities Association of Quebec (LDAQ)/Association Quebecoise des troubles d’apprentissage (AQETA)
The Learning Disabilities Association of Quebec (LDAQ)/Association Quebecoise des troubles d’apprentissage (AQETA) organizes weekend activities for children 9-12 years old with ADD and ADHD living in the Outaouas area to allow parents a break at home.

Association des camps du Québec
The Association des camps du Québec lists specialized camps for disabled persons or camps offering an integration program or respite services.

CAMPS OUTSIDE THE OUTAOUAIS AREA

Camp Kirk
Camp Kirk helps children with learning disabilities and special seeds build a sense of belonging and self-esteem.  The camp is relatively small in size and boasts a large staff to camper ratio (29/36). Camp Kirk sits on 110 acres just north of the village of Kirkfield, on Highway 48 approximately one hour and thirty minutes from Toronto.

D-Camps
D-Camps encourages kids to indulge their sense of fun and adventure in a diabetes-friendly environment where they can meet and connect with other kids and staff who share the same experiences they do and who understand what it’s like to live with diabetes; participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking, canoeing, campfires and archery that help promote self-esteem and personal growth; and, learn how to manage their diabetes independently in a supportive environment. Campers often return home eager to be more independent with their diabetes care and better able to manage day-to-day hurdles.  D-Camps is located at Camps Banting & Camp Discovery and Camp Huronda in Ontario.

Camp Papillon
Located 40 kilometres north of Joliette on a 40-acre peninsula on the shores of Lake Pierre, Camp Papillon welcomes every year approximately 700 campers with special needs. Activities include fishing, camping, swimming, drama, dancing, painting, astronomy, archery, soccer, pontoon boating, Olympiads, hiking and more.  Camp Papillon has specialized facilitators on staff, as well as nurses and nursing assistants, who are members in good standing of the OIIQ and the OIIAQ and who work closely to supervise the work of the health care aides, the nutritionist, and the physiotherapist/occupational therapist at the camp.

Activities for Children with Special Needs

Ottawa Children’s Theatre
The Ottawa Children’s Theatre’s Drama Weavers offers specialized support for children with a variety of learning needs so that they, too, can have enriching artistic experiences. Class sizes are very small and responsive to the needs of the children in the class. Course content explores creativity and storytelling skills, while balancing individual expression and collaboration. Classes are specifically designed to enhance the experience of children with specialized learning needs. They have a team of instructors who combine professional theatre skills and years of experience working with children and adults with diverse special needs.

Cardio-Poussette (Stroller-Cardio)
Cardio-Poussette (Stroller-Cardio) is aimed at new mothers who wish to get back into shape while having their baby with them, in their stroller. But it may be possible for a mother of a disabled child to participate in this activity as long as the child is in a stroller which can roll in muddy or uneven paths.

Défi sportif
Défi sportif is a unique multi-sport event for athletes with a disability. It reunites athletes of the five types of disabilities: auditory, physical, psychiatric, intellectual, and visual.

Special Olympics
The Special Olympics offers programs specifically designed for people living with an intellectual disability, and encourages and facilitates access to regular sports programs offered throughout Quebec community in specific sports. Special athletes take part in the Montreal Games, in the regional and provincial finals of the Québec Games and in the Canada Games.

Association sportive des sourds du Québec  
The Association sportive des sourds du Québec promotes sport and physical activity for Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Quebec.  They do so by: financially supporting athletes who wish to improve their training to compete at the national, provincial or international level;  offering sport or physical activity programs; supporting the planning of a sport event being hosted in Quebec, and; financially support Quebec teams that will participate in a national competition.

TOOLS FOR PARENTS TO HELP ACCESS CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES FOR THEIR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS)
The Tourist and Leisure Companion Sticker (TLCS) sticker gives the accompanying adult free access to tourist sites and activities. The sticker is the property of the handicapped person and is valid for all types of handicaps.

Museum of History, Museum of War and CINÉ+ Attendant Pass
Caregivers or attendants accompanying a child, youth or adult with a disability receive free admission (maximum of one attendant per person).  The child, youth and adult with the disability still pays regular admission, based on age group. All other visitors in the group must pay regular admission fees.

La Route Accessible
La Route Accessible offers maps for easy access to safe trips to more than 100 adapted and safe cultural and touristic establishments.

Tourism Quebec
Tourism Quebec has a search engine in which you can find accommodations and tourist sites whose access has been evaluated by Kéroul. This evaluation takes four criteria into account: adapted to people with a physical impairment; partial access to people with a physical impairment; services for people with a visual impairment; and services for people with a hearing impairment.  Visitors are nevertheless advised to confirm the level of accessibility with the establishment in question prior to travelling there.