Ability Tree First Coast is committed to meeting the needs of the special needs community by offering Recreation, Education, Support, and Training. As we grow our roots deeper into the First Coast, our programs will branch out by providing various opportunities for our families to be supported, included, and educated.
Currently at ATFC
- CampAbility Special Day Camp provides educational and therapeutic summer services to elementary-aged children with special needs in a fun and safe environment. We are now offering summer camp sessions to the siblings! By doing this, we hope to help alleviate the burden on parents by keeping their children in one location, provide comfort to the camper with special needs by having someone familiar nearby, and include the sibling(s) by offering them companionship with other siblings who walk in their shoes. For details, check out our camp page.
- Parents Night Out will provide respite for families, where children with special needs and their siblings make new friends, play fun inclusive games, enjoy crafts, stories, accessible activities, and much more! Meanwhile, parents get a break from their ongoing care-giving responsibilities.
- Training churches, businesses, civic organizations, schools, etc. is necessary to bring about acceptance and inclusion for those with special needs. The majority of the 56 million Americans living with a disability are neglected by their communities. Among church-attending special needs families, 86.5% said that their church needs more education and training about disability. In the workforce, only 18% of persons with a disability are employed because of the many myths about abilities, cost benefits, etc. For details, call or email us at (855) 288-6735 ext. 5 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future of ATFC
- Fall 2019: SociAbility for teens and adults will provide an avenue for them to be in a comfortable atmosphere where they can develop lifetime friendships while doing activities, enjoying meals together, and dancing the night away! The socials will be open to all teens and adults, not just those with special needs, in order to bridge the gap and promote inclusion.
- Summer 2020: A program for the Siblings impacted by special needs will include a variety of fun activities and breakout sessions that focus on them being the “star” (which to our MVPs and parents this is what they are). They are the hidden heroes in the family many times, and they need opportunities to be the center of attention. This program will also include mentoring, advocacy, and future planning.
- Fall of 2021: After-school Care Program will be similar to the summer camp, in that ATFC will provide activities to elementary-aged children with special needs in a fun and safe environment. Siblings are welcome.