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Camp Royall seeks sponsorships

Posted Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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Pittsboro, NC - The enormously popular summer camp program offered by the Autism Society of North Carolina is in need of financial assistance. Camp Royall, located near Pittsboro, and Mountain Adventure, in Black Mountain, are the largest and oldest camps for individuals with autism in the United States. They both have extensive waiting lists.

This unique summer camp program allows individuals with autism to have a recreational and therapeutic camp experience which is safe and customized to their needs and abilities. Summer camp also provides much needed respite for families caring for an individual with autism, and a training ground for future human services professionals.

The camp provides a low staff-to-camper ratio (1:1 or 1:2, based on need) in order to give individualized attention to each camper. Extensive staff training is required.

The cost for an individual to attend one week of camp is $1600, although camp fees are charged on a sliding scale based on each family’s ability to pay. In 2008, the average amount paid by a family was $490, and the operating loss per camper was over $400. Most families supporting individuals with autism cannot afford to cover the full cost of camp, due to the amount that they are paying for other necessary services.

“The financial challenge of caring for someone with autism is significant,” says Scott Badesch, CEO of the Autism Society of North Carolina. “Our renowned summer camp program provides life-changing experiences for individuals living with autism. Our goal is to be able to offer that experience to families without causing additional financial strain.”

The Autism Society of North Carolina is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families. To learn more about summer camp sponsorships, please contact Kay Walker at 1-8... or visit www.autismsociety-nc.org.

Background:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which includes Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder—Not Otherwise Specified, is a lifelong developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life. Recent studies estimate that up to 1 of every 150 children born today will be affected by ASD. There are no prenatal indicators for ASD. Trained professionals make a diagnosis through observation and evaluation. Currently, there are an estimated 50,000 individuals with autism in North Carolina and more than 1.5 million people with ASD living in the United States.

The Autism Society of North Carolina was founded in 1970 by a group of parents who were concerned about the lack of diagnostic and treatment services for their children. Since then, the Autism Society of North Carolina has become the foremost source in the state for connecting people who live with ASD (and those who care about them) with resources, support, advocacy and information.

Additional information about Autism Spectrum Disorder and the Autism Society of North Carolina is available free of charge to North Carolina residents. To request a packet, please visit http://www.autismsociety-nc.org.

 
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