Weekend Respite Services for Young Adults with Autism in a Camp Setting
YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin
Young adults with autism need opportunities to feel independent and spend time with peers, while their families need a break from caregiving. to meet these needs, YMCA Camp Manitou-Lin will provide 10 weekends of respite care in the camp setting for 20 young adults with autism spectrum disorder, aged 19-26. Camp weekends will be offered once a month, from January through October 2008, from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Campers will enjoy recreational activities including hiking, horseback riding, archery, and the like, as well as hayrides and campfires. Activities will be adapted to each camper's needs. Campers will stay in heated, carpeted cabins with restrooms and showers. All meals and supplies will be provided. the camp will be staffed with counselors and volunteers in the campers' age range, at a ratio of two campers for every counselor/volunteer. During meals and activities, campers will interact with other camp groups of typically developing peers. Campers will pay $20 per weekend, with all other fees to be funded by this grant.