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May 2017

Below is a list of the some of what the Bay Area Summer Camps can offer for families with children who have a I/DD.

Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Developmental & Learning Disabilities

Building Bridges Camp gives individuals who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Assistive Technology (AT) an opportunity to develop their communication skills in a fun, motivating, no-pressure environment in Boulder Creek. Campers ages 5-17 attend a week-long residential camp experiencing swimming, horseback riding, and arts and crafts. Additionally, adults who want to learn more about working with AAC/AT can participate in the concurrent training institute.

The Bridge School
545 Eucalyptus Ave, Hillsborough
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Camp Costanoan is Via Services’ residential, outdoor education, recreation and learning center for children and adults ages 5 and older with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs. Camp is located on 13 wooded acres nestled in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, just 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco.

2851 Park Ave, Santa Clara

Camp Krem serves children and adults who have Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism or other developmental disabilities in a traditional, residential camp in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Five to 12-day sessions offer activities that include daily swimming, arts, music, sports, cheerleading, dance, drama, nature hikes and field trips. Outdoor adventure and travel programs are also available. Camping Unlimited-Camp Krem sponsors many year-around weekend trips in the East Bay and South Bay areas. Bus service from Emeryville is available.

102 Brook Lane, Boulder Creek

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake is a fully-accessible residential summer camp for children with a variety of special medical needs, economic hardship and/or emotional, developmental or physical disabilities. Because barriers are removed, campers enjoy traditional camping activities such as arts and crafts, hikes, fishing, canoeing, sports, swimming, talent shows and campfires.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California

AbilityFirst Camp Paivika is a year-round program for children, teens and adults with physical and developmental disabilities. The program encourages independence and broadens social contacts through recreation.

600 Playground Drive, Crestline


March 2017

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Rule

Alice and Ian

Alice and Ian

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): The final rule addresses several sections of Medicaid law under which states may use federal Medicaid funds to pay for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The rule supports enhanced quality in HCBS programs, adds protections for individuals receiving services. In addition, this rule reflects CMS’ intent to ensure that individuals receiving services and supports through Medicaid’s HCBS programs have full access to the benefits of community living and are able to receive services in the most integrated setting.

For information on the Home and Community Based Setting Rule Click Here