Aspire Program

Contact: Joanna Diamond, M.S.ED, Director, Adler Center For Special Needs                                                                                                            (516) 822-3535, x332  |

The Aspire Program is for children and teens with developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities and language delays. The goal is to create a fun, nurturing and supportive environment by including children with disabilities in all day camp activities when possible. Campers are guided by specialized counselors who receive intensive training and supervision by certified special education teachers, speech language pathologists and behavior specialists. The Aspire Program is part of The Adler Center for Special Needs which provides a comprehensive range of programs for toddlers through adulthood, allowing each person to be happy and reach their fullest potential.


For 3-5 year olds

Please see Early Childhood page for camp description.


For children entering K-6 in September '13

Please see Camp page for Junior Camp and Sports Camp.

TWEEN TRAVEL INCLUSION CAMP: For children entering Grades 7 or 8 in September '14. M-F, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. The full inclusion program for tweens includes exciting day trips and 2, 3 and 4 day trips. Campers interested in enrolling in this program must get prior approval from the Aspire Camp Director. All campers in this program must be able to travel on all day trips including the 3 and 4 day trips. 

Door-to-door transportation is available for day trips only. Camper to counselor ratio 1:3

NEW! JUNIOR ASPIRE CAMP: For children entering Grades K-6 in September '14. This new, one-of-a-kind summer camp is for campers who need more individualized attention and would benefit from related service opportunities as well as social skill instruction in a smaller group. Campers will be provided with a structured, consistent, and supportive environment; by setting firm, realistic, and clear limits and goals in an atmosphere of respect and caring. Junior Aspire Camp will offer healthy, developmentally-appropriate activities and learning experiences and demonstrate that our campers can make friends and succeed in team activities. Included in this program is Special Education swim instruction, led by qualified water safety instructors. Inclusion opportunities will be offered with other camp groups when possible. Camper to counselor ratio is 1:2 or 1:1 depending on the individual needs of the camper.

NEW! TEENS AT CAMP: For children entering grades 7 -11 in September '14. This campground program for tweens and teens includes day trips, evening activities, community service days, and campground fun such as swim, photography, sports and more. This program is designed to equip our campers with skills essential for independent daily living including self-advocacy, personal health and fitness, nutrition, and so much more. Overnight trips may be planned and will incur an additional fee. Inclusion opportunities available when possible, in collaboration with Tween Travel. Minimum number of 5 campers required. Camper to counselor ratio is 1:3

            Click the image to view our 2014 Summer Camp brochure. Click here for the 2014 camp prices.

 Click the image to watch a video of our 2012 campers.

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