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Monday, March 19 • 10:50am - 12:20pm
Social Inclusion of Campers with Disabilities

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According to the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD), there are three levels of inclusion: physical integration , functional inclusion and social inclusion (http://www.nchpad.org/discoverleisure/inclusion2.html). In our experience at 9 National Ramah Commission overnight camps in the US and Canada, which have strived to include people with disabilities since 1970, true social inclusion poses the greatest challenge. This presentation will address helping campers with disabilities develop friendships with neurotypical campers. and working with counselors to help campers in this process. Topics include peer mentoring/buddy programs, year round opportunities for in person and online connections, and a look at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin’s Chavarim / Enrichment Program, inclusive low ropes course, joint cabin activities, and inclusive musical production.

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Howard Blas

Director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network, National Ramah Commission
Howard Blas currently serves as director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network of the National Ramah Commission. Howard previously served as the director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in New England for 15 years. Howard has led five Tikvah Ramah Israel trips. And served as group... Read More →
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Dr. Audra Kaplan

Associate Camp Director, Ramah Darom
As Associate Camp Director and Head of Commnity Care and Tikvah Support, Audra enjoys blending her love of camp and her passion for Judaism with her experience and knowledge as a clinical psychologist. She has been involved in day and residential camp programs, as a camper, counselor... Read More →
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Ralph Schwartz

Director of Special Needs Programming, Camp Ramah in Wisconsin
Ralph Schwartz has been working in the field of inclusive camping for children and young adults with special needs for 25 years.  He encourages the greatest amount of inclusion for each camper so that they can participate to the fullest extent possible. Ralph has facilitated social... Read More →

Monday March 19, 2018 10:50am - 12:20pm EDT
Dover A-B, Level 3