For the past decade, Camp Shriver at the University of Massachusetts Boston has welcomed over 1,000 children, half with and half without intellectual and developmental disabilities, ages 8-12, from low income families in the Boston area to a free inclusive summer sports camp.
Attending a day camp in the summer is a typical life experience for most children, but many barriers can impede the participation of children disadvantaged by socio-economic or disability status. For example, many camps in the Boston area are expensive or are unprepared to meet the needs of children with disabilities.
Camp Shriver is unique in that it fully addresses both these potential barriers. While other summer programs may accept some children with disabilities or offer scholarships to lessen the cost to families, Camp Shriver provides the summer camp experience to an equal number of children with and without disabilities and does so at no cost to their families, who come from low-income neighborhoods or are otherwise disadvantaged.
At Camp Shriver, all children have the chance to learn and play - as equals.