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4th graders get in Free at National and NYS parks 2016

 4th graders can get into National Parks for free through the Every Kid in a park program.

  • Current third graders can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1, 2016.

Official rules

  • The pass is for U.S. fourth-grade (or home-school equivalent) students.
  • The pass is for the 2015 to 2016 school year. It expires August 31, 2016.
  • Students can't transfer the pass to anyone else.
  • We can’t accept electronic versions of this paper for access or to exchange for a pass.
  • There’s no way to request a refund later if you forget the pass when you visit.
  • If you lose your pass, get a new one by visiting the website and signing up again.
  • Educators can get one paper pass for each of their fourth-grade students.
  • This program only provides passes for fourth graders.
  • Current third graders can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1, 2016.

How it works

  • Show your pass to a ranger when you enter. If there is no ranger, leave it on the dashboard of your car.
  • If you visit a site that charges entrance fees per person— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults for free.
  • If your group visits a site that charges vehicle fees - The pass admits all children under 16 and all adults in up to one passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicles can't use a pass to get in.
  • If you arrive at a site on bicycle— The pass admits all children under 16 and up to three adults on bicycles.
  • The pass doesn't cover things like camping, boats, and special tours. Also, some sites are managed by private operators. They may not honor the pass. Check with the site ahead of time to find out.
  • The pass doesn’t cover fees for local, city, or state parks and recreation areas unless they say that they accept this pass.
  • Paper passes can be exchanged for plastic passes at certain sites.

Here is the link to the National Parks program: https://everykidinapark.gov/get-your-pass/

Here is the link to the rules: https://everykidinapark.gov/rules/

NYS will also honor the free kid in a park pass for the year. Here is the direct link to that information: http://www.newyorkupstate.com/outdoors/2016/04/nys_parks_deal_free_admission_for_4th_graders_and_their_families_for_2016.html


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Camps for Children and Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This is a summer camp list for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Camp Anne – Ancramdale, NY

www.camping.ahrcnyc.org

Run by AHRC NYC

Ages 5-20 and 21-59

$2100 per person, but $305 per session with the HCBS waiver

Clover Patch Camp – Glenville, NY

www.cloverpatchcamp.org

Run by Center for Disability Services

Ages 5-30

I think each week is $1300 (but it only runs Sunday night through Friday afternoon, I think. If a camper is staying two weeks in a row, you have to make arrangements for the weekend.)

Camp Jotoni – Warren, NJ

http://campjotoni.org/about-camp-jotoni/

Run by Arc of Somerset

Camp Merry Heart – Hackettstown, NJ

http://www.easterseals.com/nj/our-programs/camping-recreation/camp-merry-heart.html

908-852-3896

Run by Easter Seals NJ

Camp Fun N Sun – Williamstown, NJ

http://www.thearcgloucester.org/portal/camp-sun-n-fun

Run by Arc of Gloucester, NJ

856-848-8648

NJ Camp Jaycee – Effort, PA

www.campjaycee.org

$775 per week

(570) 629-3291

Camp Oakhurst

(Outside of NYC): http://nysh.org/services/summer-camp-adult/

Camp Anne

(Outside NYC): https://www.ahrcnyc.org/contact/locations/camp-anne/ Camp Loyaltown (Plainview –this link has their 2016 schedule): http://www.camployaltown.org/for-families/schedule/

Pathfinder Village

A camp for adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities: http://pathfindervillage.org/camp/.

Sky Lake Camp & Retreat Center

http://skylakecenter.org/camp-and-retreat-center/summer-camp

American Camp Association

Helps find camps for special populations, including special needs and adults: http://find.acacamps.org/.

Very Special Camps

Offers ways to search for camps.

http://www.veryspecialcamps.com/New-York/Special-Needs-Summer-Camps.shtml.




Chenango Autism Group

1st Thursday of the month
6-8pm
Norwich YMCA
No meeting in Jan, Jul, or Aug.


Provides support and information to families raising children with autism spectrum disorders including PDD-NOS, Asperger Syndrome, and Sensory Integration Disorder. Many meetings cover broad topics that apply to parents of children with various needs. Call 607-432-0001 or 800-305-8814 for more info.




Coffee Talk with FRN

Provides support and information to families raising children with developmental disabilities and special needs.  Meetings are often workshop style, drawing from community support professionals. Contact: The Family Resource Network (607) 432-0001 for upcoming dates.




Conversation Pieces

Grab a cup of coffee and sit down with a few friends! This weekly parents/caregivers group is meant for busy schedules. It's a casual time to connect with other caregivers for conversation and support. Held at the Magic Paintbrush Project, Oakdale Mall, 601-635 Harry L Drive, Johnson City, NY (607) 729-5059




Families Together in the Southern Tier

For families raising children with emotional, behavioral, or social issues. Childcare is available.

2nd Thursday of month
5:30-7:30pm
FRN
46 Oneida St
Oneonta NY
Call 607-432-0001 or 800-305-8814 for more info.




FRN Information Night – Ithaca

Cayuga Medical Center
Ithaca NY

Provides support and information to families raising children with developmental disabilities and special needs.  Meetings are often workshop style, drawing from community support professionals. Contact: The Family Resource Network (607) 432-0001 for upcoming dates.




Southern Tier Asperger’s Syndrome Support Group

The Southern Tier Asperger's Syndrome Support Group explores common issues and interests and to have social time together. The group is for adults who have AS, PDD-NOS, HFA, or family members/significant others of these people. Discussion topics have included housing, independent living, relationships, legal issues, sensitivities, anxiety, and self-advocacy. Meetings are held at Wilson Hospital, Picciano Building, 4th Floor, Room 5A, in Johnson City, NY. Contact Alexa at (607) 722-0467 or alexaheder@yahoo.com for more information.