Summer Camps That Offer Special Needs Programs and Services for Campers on Long Island

Summer Camps That Offer Special Needs Programs and Services for Campers on Long Island

Find a summer camp in Nassau or Suffolk county for your child with special needs.


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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 on Long Island 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 Nassau and Suffolk counties, including day and specialty camps located in Huntington, Bay Shore, Holtsville, Glen Cove, East Hampton, Patchogue, Mill Neck, Huntington, Miller Place, and Melville.

Art League of Long Island
107 E. Deer Park Road, Dix Hills
631-462-5400

My Companion & Me! Art with a partner for children and young adults. This series will provide each participant and his or her special loved one a precious opportunity to bond together while creating something beautiful. Call Toni at 631-462-5400 x222 for details, dates, and times.

Buckley Day Camp
2 I.U. Willets Road, Roslyn
516-365-7760

We have an inclusion program for children with special/unique needs. Some of these campers have one-on-one aides. Campers in the inclusion program are assigned to their respective grades groups with their peers and engage in age appropriate activities.

Destination Science- The FUN Science Day Camp For Curious Kids 5-11!
Locations in Nassau and Suffolk counties
888-909-2822

We have had many campers with mild special needs at Destination Science. Please call us to discuss your child’s unique requirements 888-909-2822. If your child requires an aide in school, then you will need to send an aide to camp.

Gersh Academy at West Hills Day Camp
21 Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington
631-427-6700

Our program offers children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to participate in a traditional summer camp experience while receiving the support necessary to be in a mainstream setting. Small groups, certified special education teachers, placement based on capabilities, and support for development of social skills, life skills, and independence.

Hofstra Summer Camps
101 Oak St,. Uniondale
516-463-CAMP (2267)

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.

SoLuna Studio
659 Old Willets Path Hauppauge
631-761-6602

We believe that the arts should be available to every student, so all our programs are inclusion classes, taught by a fully certified special education teachers. The performing arts help develop cognitive, motor, and social skills in an inclusive environment taught by an experienced, dedicated staff.

Studio E Art Classes LLC
565 Route 25A, Miller Place
631-744-4001

We offer an inclusive environment and are sensitive to the needs of all students. While we cannot have one-to-ones stay during camp time due to space limitations, non behavioral students are always welcome! Students who require more supports may better fit for our Wednesday afternoon "Special Abilities" Art.

The Suffolk Y JCC
74 Hauppauge Road Commack
631-462-9800

The Suffolk Y JCC offers an inclusive outdoor all-day camp experience. This helps children feel included in a typical group of peers. Campers will build their self-esteem , self-confidence, self-awareness, social-skills, and other daily living tasks while gaining meaningful relationships.

The Summer Enrichment Program at Winston Preparatory School
30 Deforest Road Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-779-2400

Winston Prep's Individualized Summer Enrichment Program provides students in grades fourth-12th with the unique opportunity to participate in an individually designed program aimed to enhance academic skills and foster independence. The program is designed to develop language, encoding/decoding, reading comprehension, writing, math, test preparation, organization, and time management skills.

YMCA of Long Island
Bay Shore, East Hampton, Glen Cove, Huntington, and Patchogue
516-671-8270

Every child should have the opportunity at camp to learn, to feel supported, enabled, and inspired to do their personal best. We offer an inclusion camp program for children with disabilities. Please check your branch for more details. Visit: https://ymcali.org/camp?utm_source=LI+Parent+Camp+Guide&utm_medium=Web+Camp+LP&utm_campaign=Camp for more information.


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