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Special Needs Camps
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These Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area summer camps provide a variety of fun summer programs for children and teens with special needs such as mental and physical disabilities, cancer, deafness, asthma, epilepsy, etc.

Achieva - Camp Spencer
Formerly ARC Allegheny, Achieva offers summer camps for people with mental, physical and developmental disabilities. The program is held at Camp Spencer, a YMCA owned site, in Fombell, Pennsylvania and includes activities such as sports, music, arts and crafts, nature, recreational swimming, dances and talent shows, and of course, camp fires.

Camp Breathe E-Z
Camp Breathe E-Z is a special free one day camp experience designed for children with mild to severe asthma who are between the ages of 6 and 18. Campers participate in a number of educational sessions covering a variety of asthma self-management topics. A variety of dates and locations around the Pittsburgh area.

Camp Can Do
A wonderful camp in Mt. Gretna, PA where children with cancer get the chance to enjoy a 'regular' summer camp experience. Any child (age eight to 17) who is or has been treated for cancer in Pennsylvania or Delaware, or who lives in Pennsylvania regardless of where they receive treatment, is eligible to attend Camp Can-Do.

Camp Chihopi
Summer camp for children ages 7 through 17 who have received liver and/or intestine transplants offers a variety of outdoor activities and the opportunity to interact in a non-medical setting with other children who are also transplant recipients. Sponsored and supervised by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Camp Frog - Epilepsy Foundation of Western PA
This overnight program is available to boys and girls with epilepsy/seizure disorders from grades 4 to 12. Campers enjoy a host of activities, such as arts and crafts, campfire sing-a-longs, canoeing, swimming, team games and informative group discussions.

Camp Success
This FREE summer camp for special needs children ages 6-12 offers art projects, stories, swimming, recreation, visits from special guests and field trips.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Space Camp
U.S. Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf have teamed up to provide the world's most unique space and aviation experience for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Diabetic Camp - Camp Fitch on Lake Erie
Camp Fitch and the Erie County Diabetics Association have combined their resources and developed an outstanding summer camp experience for diabetic children. Campers learn to establish their condition through proper diet, exercise, and medication while enjoying all of the traditional activities of summer camp.

Heart Camp
An opportunity for children ages 8-16 with heart disease to enjoy a resident summer camp experience by participating in activities such as swimming, fishing, hiking, canoeing, making cabin banners and performing skits. Sponsored and supervised by Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Western PA School for the Deaf - Kris Brown Summer Camp
The Kris Brown Summer Camp, established by Pittsburgh Steelers Place Kicker, Kris Brown, is a two-week camp program for deaf and hard-of-hearing children age 7-18. Week #1 will be held at the Laurelville Campground in Mt. Pleasant from July 8 to 13, 2001; week #2 will be held at WPSD from July 15 to 20, 2001. Enjoy sports, hiking, camping, art, swimming, campfires and more.

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