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Summer Camps That Offer Special Needs Programs and Services for Campers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Summer Camps That Offer Special Needs Programs and Services for Campers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens

Find a summer camp in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Queens for your child with special needs.

Finding the right programs for children with special needs to have fun can be a challenge—especially if the camp your kid wants to attend doesn’t have the proper support for children with special needs. We took the guesswork out of your summer camp shopping and compiled a list of summer camps in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan that are either only for children with special needs or offer services and programs for children with special needs in a mainstream setting. These camps with programs for children with special needs are located in and near Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan, including day and specialty camps located in Downtown Manhattan, Hudson Square, Lower East Side, Upper East Side, Fresh Meadows, and Little Neck.


Atlantic Acting School

76 Ninth Ave., Suite 537

Classes and camps are welcome to all needs. Teaching Artists will incorporate the needs of each child into the ensemble.

Children's Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton St., Husdon Square

CMA provides scholarships for students with special needs or disabilities who require 1:1 support, so that the child can attend Summer Art Colony camp with the support of their aide and join their typically developing peers in a supportive learning environment. Applications available in April. Contact with questions.

China Institute

100 Washington St., Downtown Manhattan
212-744-8181 x110

China Institute is NYC’s leading school of Chinese Studies and offers a fun and immersive Day Camp tailored to student’s age and abilities. Full- and half-day sessions are offered. In addition to language instruction, a variety of activities are offered.Please contact us for Special Needs.

Harbor Haven Day Camp

West Orange, New Jersey

Harbor Haven is designed for children ages 3-18 with mild special needs such as ADD, high functioning ASD, learning disabilities, social skills deficits, and other issues. Our special "reverse inclusion" feature, integrates some non-IEP peers into our groups. Please call for more information.

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab

Chatty Child, 325 Broadway suite 403, NY, NY 10007

InterAct: Theatre and Therapy Lab welcomes children to an inclusive program. Our program focuses on building skills in the following areas: -Literacy Development -Fluency -Voice - Social Emotional skills - Pragmatic abilities - Abstract and Critical thinking -Speech Motor Planning (Apraxia) -Phonological Development -Auditory Processing skills -Oral Motor development

MakerState STEM Summer Camps

Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Lower East Side, and Park Slope

Our hands-on projects are created with differentiated learners in mind. We specialize in easy entry points in coding, engineering, and design with unlimited potential for exploration and creativity.

Riverside Park Conservancy

475 Riverside Drive suite 455

We do not discriminate against children with special needs, but have to be able to compete in the sport choice. Paras are accepted to help campers through programming.

Big Apple ,Brooklyn

92Y Camps

1395 Lexington Ave.; New York, NY | Upper East Side

We have three programs: Tova and Bari Tov respectively have 4-to-1 and one-to-one camper-to-counselor ratios; Yomi Inclusion embeds a child within the larger population, and with the support of a shadow counselor. Programs are staffed by experienced educators. We also provide round-trip transportation to our 50-acre Rockland County campgrounds.


Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance

1368 Fulton St, Business

Our camp is diverse and welcomes everyone! Parents with children with various special needs are encouraged to consult with our camp director in order to create a safe and fun environment for them.

The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center

3 Lafayette Ave.

Children with and without disabilities are always welcome at The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center. Most classes employ three faculty members. Students needing additional accommodations and resources should contact the education team prior to their first visit in order to ensure their needs are met.

Urban Explorers Day Camp

3832 Flatlands Ave.

We ask that parents call us as we evaluate each situation individually and have an honest approach about what we can and cannot accommodate.

Young People’s Day Camp


If there are any particular activities or needs that your child would like please feel free to reach out and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.


Hofstra University Summer Camps

255 Hofstra University, Hempstead NY 11549

The REACH Program is an opportunity for campers with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs to experience Hofstra Specialty Camps with peers. It provides a safe and positive setting for campers with disabilities to be included in activities and enjoy peer interactions with supports or modifications when necessary.

Our Mindful Child

25418 Northern Blvd, Suite 3, Little Neck, NY 11362

Our program, developed by a neuropsychologist, works closely with children who have special needs, e.g. ADHD, and ASD. One-on-one consultation may be conducted to determine the fit between the student and the classes.

RIOULT Dance Center

34-01 Steinway Street, Entrance on 34th Ave, Astoria, NY 11101,
(212) 398-5903

We are a fully accessible facility, including wheel chair access to all our studios. Additionally, many of our teachers are trained in special education. We welcome our special needs friends with open arms.

Samuel Field Y Summer Camp

58-20 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck
718-225-6750 x261

The Y offers a wide range of summer camp options that cater to campers of varying needs and abilities. Whether you're looking for a full-day inclusion program, an afternoon wrap around program, or anything in between, we want to help you find the best fit for your camper.

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