Multiple Disabilities Resources

In addition to blindness or visual impairment, a child may have additional disabilities, such as cognitive, developmental, hearing, or mobility impairments. Every student with multiple disabilities presents a unique educational challenge. Teachers need specialized training and skills to understand how these students experience and understand the world. In this section, families and educators will find introductions to the educational needs of these students, as well as best practice and policy overviews.

This 40-page pdf-format handbook includes sections on understanding and adjusting to vision loss, low vision aids, and caregivers’ checklists for nurses, dining room staff, social workers, and others. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)
Camp Waban
5 Dunaway Dr., Sanford 04073
for New England residents
(207) 490-9759
Website: www.waban.org
Accessible camping facilities for rent; participants must be accompanied by caregiver.
Source: Camp Waban
Pine Tree Camp
Camp in Oakland, Maine
 
Pine Tree Camp offers a wide range of opportunities for people with disabilities and their families including overnight camp and day camp in the summer season as well as special programs in the fall, winter and spring.\
 
Source: Pine Tree Camp
Abilities Unlimited: Kamp for Kids/Camp Togowauk
Westfield, Massachusetts
 
Integrated; for residents of Western Massachusetts.
 
 
Source: Abilities Unlimited
Arlington Recreation: Club Rec
Arlington, Masachusetts
(781) 316-3880
 
Arlington residents have priority, others welcome if room.
 
Source: Arlington Recreation
Barnstable Recreation
Barnstable, Massachusetts
(508) 790-6345
 
Day programs for Barnstable residents.
 
Source: Barnstable Recreation
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
Natick, Massachusetts
(508) 647-6530
 
For Greater Boston residents.
 
Source: Camp Arrowhead
Girl Scouts of Spar of Spar and Spindle Council: Camp Maude Eaton
North Andover, Massachusetts
(617)-350-8335
 
For Merrimack Valley residents.
 
Source: Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Greater Waltham ARC: Inclusive Summer Day Camp Program
Waltham Massachusetts
(781) 899-1344
 
Inclusive day camp programs.
 
Source: Opportunities for Inlcusion
Hampshire Regional YMCA
Northampton Massachusetts
(413) 584-7086
 
For Northampton area residents.
 
Source: Hampshire Regional
Ironstone Farm
Andover, Massachusetts
(978) 475-4056
 
For New England residents. Therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
 
Source: Iron Stone Farm
Newton Parks and Recreation: Newton Therapeutic Recreation Program
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 796-1527
 
For local area residents. Recreational programs for children with special needs.
 
Source: Newton Mass
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
 
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.
 
Source: Perkins School for the Blind
Springfield Parks Department: Camp Star
Camp in Forest Park
Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 787-7779
 
For Springfield area residents. Program for children with disabilities served under the 766 program.
 
Source: Camp Star
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services: Sports and Recreation Program
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(413)-442-4077
 
For residents of northern Berkshire Co. with diagnosed disabilities.
 
Source: Northern Berkshire Support Services

New Visions offers information to professionals and parents working with infants and children with feeding, swallowing, oral-motor, and pre-speech problems.

Source: New Visions
Lions Bear Lake Camp
Lapeer, Michigan
Phone: 810-245-0726
 
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Camp and Family Camp
Camp  Dakota (sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation Michigan Chapter)
 
Source: Lions Bear Lake Camp

This site is a resource for parents, featuring a range of articles and links on communication, socialization, orientation and mobility, and transition, and more. Also in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect

This section of Dr. Virginia Bishop's guide, Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairments, offers an overview of young children with multiple disabilities.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Malaysian educators discuss multiple disabilities and their educational implications.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

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