Special Needs Programs
The Impact of Ramah Programs for Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Disabilities (study completed September 2013)
Ramah Special Needs Programs: Descriptions
Since the first Tikvah program was established in 1970, the Ramah Camping Movement has been committed to providing a Jewish camping experience for children with a wide variety of special needs, with the goal of enhancing Jewish identity and teaching Jewish values in a supportive, inclusive, fun environment. At Ramah, campers with special needs have many opportunities to connect and participate in activities with campers throughout the camp. These interactions provide an exceptional benefit to everyone at Ramah by fostering in our campers a heightened sensitivity toward people different than themselves.
Which Ramah Special Needs Program Is Right for My Child?
Special needs programs at individual Ramah camps serve different populations of children and different age groups. Some camps offer programs to serve campers with various levels of cognitive delay; others offer programs for campers on the autism spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome. Several Ramah camps also offer post-high school vocational programs that are designed to maximize independent functioning within a supervised setting or a college campus. Regardless of their geographic location, families are directed to the regional Ramah camp that best suits their child’s needs. In addition, to our wide range of special needs programs, three Ramah camps also offer inspirational family camps for families with children with special needs.
To discuss the Ramah program offerings and to identify programs that may be a good fit for your family's needs, please contact the National Ramah office at (212) 678-8881.
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We have always loved Brian and been proud of his accomplishments. We, as his family, never had the imagination, the skills and the courage to push him in new directions that Ramah seems to have done just by existing.
Camp Ramah has given Brian a magical belonging that we were unable to provide and are thrilled to see…
- Paula David,
parent of a camper in the Tikvah program at Ramah Canada