University of New England Aids in Establishing Summer Camp for Children with Autism

The University of New England (UNE), an NEC member, has partnered with the Autism Society of Maine and the Biddeford School Department to offer a two-week summer camp for children with autism spectrum disorders from August 7-18, 2017

The UNE Occupational Therapy Department and Community Therapy Center developed the program, called Finding the Pieces. Graduate students in the UNE Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies program will provide support and one-on-one care for the children as camp counselors. Student counselors will receive field work course credit for their work. The camp is modeled after a similar program offered by the University of Maine at Farmington which has been operating for the 14 years.

In addition, the camp will provide the opportunity for children from the recreation department’s Safari Camp and children from Finding the Pieces to interact with each other “in a safe, fun and inclusive setting,” according to Biddeford city officials.

The New England Council thanks the University of New England and its students for developing this program to give children with autism an accessible camp experience. Read more in UNE’s press release and Portland Press Herald.

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