A note from our owner, Daniel Falk
Public News Service Features Camp Huntington Director
A Public News Service broadcast on summer camps for children with autism children featured Camp Huntington Owner Daniel Falk’s take on the benefits of such camps and how parents can get needed financial assistance to allow their children to attend.
Falk explained that private residential camps like Camp Huntington encourage communication and socialization skills children with autism while providing them a true summer camp experience. “Fun and games are certainly a basis … having fun in the summer similar to a vacation or time away from your normal routine in the year. And, in that relaxed mode, we’re able to layer in therapeutic goals into daily activities,” Falk said. The camp also provides parents and siblings a needed break from caring for their child or sibling with autism. However, tough economic times are making it harder for families to send their kids to Camp Huntington.
To remedy that, some school districts provide tuition assistance, and Falk encourages families to check diligently, assertively with your school district, since our program can manage summer IEP goals with licensed special education teachers and behavior therapists.
Camp Huntington can help refer financial aid applicants to it’s sister not-for-profit organization, High Falls Center (HFC) (www.highfallscenter.org), where families can complete a scholarship application, then rally their network to support their child and contribute to their summer tuition by a donation to the HFC, using also the help of various online fundraising sites: Kickstarter, Fundly, GoFundMe, IndieGoGo, CrowdFunder, check online for more. The HFC has limited funds for donations each year it makes, and considers applications in the order received.