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Arts 'N Autism

Arts ‘n Autism is ready for the summer, and we hope you are too!

We are a non-profit organization founded in 2004. Our mission is to prepare children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for life. Currently, the program provides year-round services for children age two years to young adult. We partner with West Alabama agencies, local churches, businesses, service groups, and the University of Alabama to provide the best possible array of services for students and their families living with autism, and when we say year-round we mean it! This summer we are excited to offer 8 weeks of summer day camps to students with autism. To register a camper, email us at artsnautism2@gmail.com or stop by our center at 2625 8th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa to pick up an application. Parents and students are invited to schedule a visit to meet the staff and tour our facility by calling (205) 247-4990.

This summer we will offer four different camps, all operate from 9:00 am-5:00 pm. Camp activities, lunch, field trip transportation, admission fees, and materials are already included in the cost of tuition, and our staff have extensive experience with ASD. Early drop off (7:45-8:45am) and late pick up (5:15-6:00pm) are available for the additional fee of $15 per day.

Now, on to the fun stuff…

LIFEE Camps are specialty camps for young adults (high school and older) with autism, which focus on age appropriate activities and social skills within a fun summer camp setting. Tuition is $450 per week of camp and dates are May 21-25, May 28-June 1, July 9-July 13, and July 16-July 20.

Splash camp is designed for the young child with autism. This camp is directed by Kathleen Walsh, an aquatic therapist and Red Cross Certified Swim Instructor. Here, campers learn the fundamentals of swimming on their front, back, and underwater while promoting strong water safety skills. Our goal is to promote comfort within the water and the knowledge of how to stay safe while in it. Novices will start with water adjustment skills and our more seasoned swimmers will work on stroke development. Don’t let the technical terms fool you; we put the fun in swimming fundamentals! Our program teaches through songs, games, and social interactions. Little swimmers will receive two sessions in an indoor heated pool each day, lunch, and rest time. Each student has one-on-one assistance in and out of the water as well so your child stays safe at each point of the process. Splash Camp is offered June 4-8 ages 2-7 years.

Arts ‘n Autism Summer Camps for Pre-K-8th Graders are carefully designed to provide children with autism a week packed full of all the adventures of a typical summer day camp. Our curriculum, planning, and staffing are all carefully crafted to meet the individual needs of each of our campers. We maintain no less than a 2 to 1 student to adult ratio in our camps, so you can be encouraged knowing your child receives constant interaction and attention. Our activities are sensory rich, promote social skills, and encourage communication skills. In addition to onsite fun, campers go on planned local fieldtrips as well as one or two out-of-town trips. For local fieldtrips, we transport in Arts ‘n Autism ADA vans equipped with five-point harnesses for young children and seatbelts for older students and staff. Out-of-town trips are taken in either a charter bus or Tuscaloosa City School bus. These camps are offered June 18 – June 22 and June 25-June 29. Tuition is $450 per week.

LITE camp is limited to 20 students Pre-K-8th grade. Here, campers will bring their own lunch and participate in activities onsite or at local venues in the morning. In the afternoon students are transported to Vacation Bible School (VBS) at Trinity Presbyterian Church, where the staff assists students in the unique opportunity to participate in a VBS with typical peers. Staff is with them at all times to ensure each child receives the support they need for a successful camp/VBS experience. LITE camp is offered June 11-June 15 with a tuition of $200.

All our camps are created to meet the needs of the camper with autism spectrum disorder and are packed full of busy fun! Parents come through our blue front door with peace of mind knowing they are providing their child with a wonderful summer camp experience of adventures, activities, new friendships, and memories to last a lifetime. It’s everything a summer camp should be and much, much more!

Summer Camp Registration begins April 1st. Space is extremely limited and enrollment is on a first come, first serve basis. Partial scholarship assistant is available for eligible families.


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