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Provide services and programs to families of children diagnosed within the Autism Spectrum Disorders to develop their child's behavioural, communications and social skills, and to advocate for their ongoing needs.
Our Community–Based Special Projects are financed through donations and fundraising. Nominal fees are charged to cover registration and operating costs.
Fall Greetings! Although we are currently still enjoying excellent weather, we know that soon the “Dog Days of Summer” will be a distant memory and first we will be raking leaves and (shudder) then shoveling snow!
However, one of the best memories of the Summer of 2013 will be – again – Children at Risk’s summer day camp – Camp Kaleidoscope, or Camp K as one parent fondly referred to it! Year 3 of this awesome, specialized camp wrapped up its 5 weeks on Friday, August 9th . In reference of post-secondary school terms, this would be called the Junior Year of Camp K. Well, folks, “Junior” really grew up BIG time this year!!
Camp K averaged 46 Campers per week and increased Camp spots by almost 58% from 2012 (over 158% from 2011). With the funding and sponsorships from our Donors (The King’s Daughters And Sons Ottawa City Union, HOPE Volleyball SummerFest, the Ottawa Celebrity Sports Dinner, the Ottawa Catholic School Board Focus on Youth Program, the Toskan Casale Youth And Philanthropy Initiative and the Ottawa Airport Authority Project Clear Skies Initiative), Children at Risk was still able to subsidize the cost of Camp spots by almost 2/3, while still employing over 50+ Staff to service ASD Campers ages 4-22.
I understand plans are in the works for our Saturday Fun Club respite days, as we try to continue the support for our families throughout the Year. Maybe some Christmas and March Break Camps, as well!
Many thanks to both our Office Administration Team and Camp K Team for making this magic happen – we are so fortunate to have caring, dedicated and skilled individuals who literally “worked their butts off” to ensure each and every Camper had the best time ever!
Keep in mind that now the work begins of searching for funding for these supports with applications and earning funds through our Raffle Tickets, 50/50 Sales at both the Ottawa 67’s and Ottawa Senators games – as well as other activities and events that will take place over this Fall, Winter and Spring. Hope you can help!