For more than 75 years, Easter Seals Southeast WI has been offering help and hope to children and adults living with disabilities, and to the families who love them. Through therapy, training, education and support services, Easter Seals creates life-changing solutions so that people with disabilities can live, learn, work and play.
We are stuck in a cold Wisconsin winter with snow up to our windows. So, the thought of summer camp may seem both foreign and cruel to mention. But, summer will be here before we know it. Many families with children with special needs will need options for safe and fun respite for their children. Their choices are limited. Easter Seals can help with 6 week and 10 week camps in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.
Respite is a key need for families and caregivers. Working parents can't leave their jobs during summer break. Caregivers already carry a heavy load. Throughout a lifetime, caregivers give up about $300,000 in earnings to support their loved one with a special need or an aging parent. Their dedication is amazing, but they do need help. Easter Seals is there for them, in 2013, we needed to raise over $20,000 to make camp possible for over 200 families in our area.
Our camps offers variety of supports for individuals with special needs. Each camp has a nurse to monitor medications and supervise our Certified Nursing Assistants. All of our camp staff receive special training not just in first aid, but in relating and supporting individuals with special needs whether a physical disability, cognitive disability or those living with autism. Each week campers have a special field trip to local museums, events and festivals across our area.
We want camp to be inclusive, welcoming all children. Easter Seals welcomes siblings to join their brother or sister at camp. The camps are located in Grant, Underwood and Holler Parks in Milwaukee County and Frame Park in Waukesha County.
Want to learn more about Easter Seals camps in our area or sign up? Follow the link: http://www.easterseals.com/wi-se/our-programs/camping-recreation/