Collier County Summer Camps and Activities for Students with Special Needs

This list is for informational purposes and is not an endorsement of any program.

2013 Summer Camps for Students with Special Needs


1.   Eden Florida (Easter Seals)

(239) 384-5620 x 5510 Attention: Jackie


Specifically for children with autism

Activities designed for social communication – extension of IEP goals 3:1 or 4:1 ratio


2.   Collier County Parks and Recreation

(239) 252-4187 or (239-252-4000) Attention : Chrissie Kane

Therapeutic Recreation Camp

High school/Middle school level and Elementary School level

Golden Gate Library – Children who need assistance with feeding and/or toileting or behavior management

North Collier Regional Park – higher level

9am – 5pm with extended care option from 7:15 – 6:00

$600 for summer (field trips included), $85 weekly, $15/ week for extended care

Scholarships and grandparent grants are available


3.   City of Naples

(239) 213-3037 Lynn Clark (239) 216-6807

Elementary/Mid/High school camp at Riverpark Elementary school camp already full

Will take all disabilities/levels of functioning.

$600 for summer (field trips included)


4.   Able Summer Camp

(239) 352-7600 Attention: Jennifer

The cost of the summer program depends on the needs of the child. An assessment is done and based on that assessment they will determine what the cost will be. Please feel free to check out their website, and click on the center tab at the bottom of the home page, “Interested Families”, it will ask for a password and the password is, tellmemore

Within that section of the website there are documents pertaining to scholarship applications

and community resources that might be available.


5.   After School Program (previously Pat’s Kids Club)

(239) 436-3960

Four different locations (Lely Elementary, Seagate Elementary, Big Cypress Elementary, Calusa Park Elementary)

Will consider special needs children on individual basis. They have accepted several of our students in the past. Only request is that the child must be toilet trained. Cost is $115/week and $25 daily. Field trips are included.


6.   YMCA

(239) 597-3148

No special arrangements for special needs students. Will consider special needs children on individual basis.

Zumba for children with ASD is offered.


7.   Lighthouse of Collier, Inc. Center for Blindness and Vision Loss

Attention : Kathleen (239) 430-3934

424 Bayfront Place, Naples, FL 34102

This camp is specifically for students with visual impairments who are receiving services for the


July 8 – August 2, 2013. Free of charge.


2013 Summer Activities for Students with Special Needs

1.   Gymnastic World

(239) 592-0608

2187 Trade Center Way, Naples

Open gym every Sunday 9:30 – 11:00 am.

Free (donations welcome)

Summer & Holiday: Beat the Heat at our 10,000 square foot air conditioned facility for a fun time. Camp is offered all summer, and most school holidays and vacations. Flexible schedule! Pick your days and weeks. Offered to ages 3 and up. Extended hours are available upon request.

Fun, Fitness, Arts & Crafts Every Day. Daily, Weekly & Entire Summer Rates – Family Discounts.

What We Offer:

•     Fun Games

•     Gymnastics Rotations

•     Arts And Crafts

•     Bounce House

•     Trampolines

•     Huge Obstacle Course

•     14 ft Slide

•     40 ft Tumble Trak

Please call for our newly reduced Camp prices!

We now offer discounts for additional children! Camps will accept children with ASD


2.   Naples Equestrian Challenge

(239) 596 2988

206 Ridge Dr, Naples.

Offers activities to address the physical, mental, and social challenges their riders face.

The riders have disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Stroke, Autism, Amputations, Spina Bifida, Spinal Cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis and a range of emotional, learning, and developmental disabilities.


3.   Special Olympics

(239) 775-1991

Athletic activities for the special needs individual from age 8 to 80 at no cost.

Programs for this summer include:

aquatics and golf in June and bowling in August.


4.   ABC Swim Lessons

(239) 272-0529 Attention : Leigh Ann Newman

Survival swimming lessons.


5.   Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon)

(239) 514-0084

15080 Livingston Road, Naples

C’MON’s Breaking the Barriers program is designed to provide families with children with disabilities extra time to get used to the Museum, learn how to use the exhibits, learn how to transition through the spaces, meet staff and volunteers, participate in regular museum programs and more, in a safe and welcoming environment. Breaking the Barriers programs have limited participation and registration is required to make sure each family receives the specialized care they need to ensure success for their children. The Breaking the Barriers program is generally the second Saturday of the month.

The cost for this program is $5 per person over the age of one and free for members.

C’mon’s Sensory Nights are designed for children on the autism spectrum or with other sensory integration disorders who would not be able to attend the Museum at regular times. Lighting and sound are muted and additional sensory activities and cool down spaces are provided. Sensory Nights have limited participation in order to minimize crowds and registration is required. Sensory Nights are generally the fourth Tuesday of the month, with the first program May 22nd. The cost for this program is $10 per person over the age of one and free for members.

If there is a financial need please contact Jennifer Sabo (239) 260-1707


6.   Freedom Waters

239-248-1120 Attention: Debra Frankel

895 10th Street South Suite 302-D,

Naples, FL, 34102

Freedom Waters Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides boating opportunities and marine related activities for people with disabilities, youth at risk and others with special needs. “Making it Happen!” Freedom Waters Foundation is partnered with Collier County Parks and Recreation to provide adaptive sailing; teaching people with disabilities how to sail independently for those who can and providing sailing experiences to others who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the therapeutic effects of being on the water and feeling the wondrous sense of Freedom.

Freedom Waters Foundation has also been instrumental in guiding other adaptive sailing programs around the country in getting started and building successful programs in their individual areas. These adaptive sailing programs allow those with disabilities to be on an equal playing field with their friends and families, allowing families to recreate together in a very special way.Our goal is to assist in development of these adaptive sailing programs throughout the country.


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