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Summer Camp
Summer is a particularly difficult time for children with disabilities. Without the structure of the school day, skills that have been developed can diminish. That is why the New Avenues Therapeutic Summer Camp in Lake County is so important. For 19 years, this program has filled a significant gap in the learning, therapeutic and socialization continuum for five weeks each summer for 130 young people, ages 3 to 21.
 
Activities during the five hours of each camp day include physical, occupational, speech, art, music and other therapies as well as swimming, gym, food fun, outdoor activities and weekly special events. All of these activities occur in the context of teaching activities of daily living. An overarching goal of the program is to reinforce the goals of each participant’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). The summer program helps to maintain and improve skills and support priority needs for each participant. The staff to student ratio is 4:1.
 
The purpose of the Summer Camp is to provide summer recreational and educational activities. Children with special needs benefit from staff who are trained to reinforce the goals of each participant.
  
The summer program helps to maintain and improve skills and support priority needs for each participant. Physical, occupational, speech, art, music, therapies specific to participants with autism, and other therapies are available in addition to recreational activities such as swimming and gym. A nurse is on the grounds at all times.
 
Objectives for the summer program are:
  • To provide a structured activities program to bridge the time between the end of school and the start of a new school year 
  • To prevent regression of skills in children and young adults with multi-handicaps
  • To provided a respite for families during the summer
  • To provide opportunities in recreation, education and social learning
  • To build independence for participants
  • To reinforce IEP goals whenever possible
  • To continues to work on priority needs for each individual with special needs
  • To improve skills levels
Participants are grouped in classrooms. General programmatic themes include water safety and fun, health and physical activity, nature appreciation, weekly special events, and technology and computer applications. Based on individual needs, participants receive individual therapies. One classroom offers vocationally-oriented training for older participants. Parents provide transportation and a bag lunch daily. Staff and participants prepare snacks through projects in the kitchen.

Back in 2018! Select campers age 14 and up may be eligible for our popular community engagement classroom! Campers will enjoy weekly outings and activities for an additional $100 fee. Enrollment is limited, so apply today!

Our 2018 Summer Camp will be held on June 18 - July 20.
Extended Community Engagement sessions are July 23-27 & July 30-Aug. 3.
 
For additional information,  contact Cheryl General, Summer, Camp Director, at (216) 701-4577 or at cgeneral@newavenues.net.
Click here to see the 2018 Summer Camp Brochure

Click here to complete the 2018 Summer Camp Application.

 Applications may be e-mailed, dropped off at Broadmoor School or mailed to:
 
Cheryl General
Summer Camp Director
New Avenues to Independence
17608 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44112-1216

NOW AVAILABLE! C.A.V.S Satellite Program! Read all about this extended summer program here.
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Swim, Gym & More Program
 
New Avenues operates the Swim, Gym & More Program in Lake County for 48 children and youth. The program is an integrated program for children ages 3-21. It serves children with special needs as well as typically developing students. The program operates during the school year on alternating Saturdays.  The Saturday program curriculum includes swimming, arts & crafts, snacks, gym, outdoor play, fine motor, and music activities. Click here for the flyer.
  
For additional information, contact Cheryl General, Swim, Gym & More Director, at cgeneral@newavenues.net or (216) 701-4577.
 

Applications may be e-mailed, dropped off at Broadmoor School or mailed to:
 
Cheryl General
Swim, Gym & More Director
New Avenues to Independence
17608 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44112-1216