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Does all summer day camps include special ed students? Does the staff
Would the staff have prior spec-ed experience? Could I ask all those questions when I go to tour the facility. I know I can and will. Can they turn us away? How do I go about getting a summer camp for my son? He has adhd and some othr disabilities although his school told us he needs to be around his own age group, good positive role models. We worked very hard in the last couple of years to get where we are today. I'm very nervous about goin in the wrong direction and he ends up going backwards. Honestly don't know what to do. Can anyone throw some advice, guidence anything my way to help us? Also trying to find an advocate in my area to help us this school year. Thank you all for your time.
I don't think they can turn a special ed kid away but I don't think all who work there are qualified or trained to deal with that kind of person. I believe some counslors are teens and they wouldn't have the experience. Your best bet is just to go in and talk to everyone there and get a feel for the camp. If it doesn't feel right, don't send him. And remember, you are just a phone call away.
I don't think a summer camp can legally turn you away - but they might encourage you to look elsewhere if they don't have the resources your son would need, being special ed. AAWM is right that not all counselors are trained to deal with special ed kids, and it's not fair to them to expect them to be. Absolutely, talk to the camp director and ask any question you need to ask. Be upfront about your child's needs and your concerns, and listen to what they're telling you (as well as what they're NOT telling you). If you decide to give it a shot, find out what their refund policy is, if after a day or so you decide it's not working out. If you decide not to try at all, ask if the director has any suggestions for a camp that would be a better fit. (It might be worth asking your child's regular teachers as well - they might have a good suggestion.)
Legally no program can turn you away, unless they don't have the capacity or ability to care for your child in the way he needs to be cared for. In florida (not sure about other states) all teachers are required to take a training course on special ed students and how to help, and encourage them to the best of their abilities. Mind you this is only a 6 hour course, every one has some basic knowledge. It is completly understandable to ask the teachers if they have exeperience with special ed children. Make sure you read over all their policies, and go mid morning to see if they are following the guidlines they set up. I wish you the best of luck!