North Carolina Autism Society summer camp receives grant

October 19, 2012 by  

Camp Royall’s Summer Camp Program, run by the North Carolina Autism Society, has recently received from a $4,800 grants from Bi-Lo Charities to fund scholarships for those with autism and low incomes from Western North Carolina who wish to attend the camp. The Autism Society, which is based in Raleigh, North Carolina, no doubt used flyer printing and poster printing to make this announcement so that eligible families can apply for the scholarships.

The Camp Royall summer program is a unique one and enables autistic children to have an experience at camp which is both therapeutic and recreational, as well as being individualized to their abilities and needs. It also enables those who care for individuals with autism to have respite from their daily care and provides training for professionals in human services who want to learn how to care for autistic individuals.

The customized attention that Camp Royall gives to campers is made possible by a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio of counselors to campers. Counselors also learn about autism, and ways to work with and support autistic children. This makes the cost of joining the camp higher than that of camps for non-disabled children and many cannot afford this tuition in addition to the many therapeutic or medical treatments for which they already pay.

According to Director of Development for the Autism Society of North Carolina, Kristy White, the Society is very thankful that Bi-Lo was able to make this donation to the camp so that autistic children in the state of North Carolina will be able to attend even if from low-income families.