Extreme Kids and Crew offers six 1-week sessions that focus on self-expression and social skills. Photo courtesy of the camp
Extreme Kids and Crew offers six 1-week sessions that focus on self-expression and social skills. Photo courtesy of the camp

Special Needs Summer Camps In and Near NYC

Editor's note: Camp sessions are still subject to change for 2020; please contact camps for updates.

It's tough to find the right summer camp for any kid. But if your child has special needs, like autism, ADHD, sensory-motor challenges, social anxiety, or learning differences, choosing a program can be especially nerve-racking: We want kids to enjoy a traditional summer camp experience, complete with swimming and lanyards and new friendships, while also receiving the kind of individual attention they need and with the option to avoid activities that might cause undue stress.

We've rounded up several camps favored by NYC families for kids with disabilities or other challenges. Camps outside of New York City and on Staten Island provide busing, so don't be discouraged by the seemingly far-flung locations: It can be especially therapeutic for kids to get out of the city in the summer.

While most of these camps cater exclusively to special-needs children, other traditional summer camps often offer inclusion programs for those with mild special needs, and a few are mentioned below. Please consult our Summer Camp Guide for NYC Kids for a list of our favorite summer camps across the city to see if there are any that might work for your child.

Note that summer camp information for the 2020 season is changing daily. Please click the links to the individual camps below to see which ones are offering programs this year.


Aaron School
309 East 45th Street
New York, NY 10017

Extreme Kids & Crew
71 Sullivan St.
Brooklyn, NY 11231

YMCA of Long Island Glen Cove YMCA
125 Dosoris Lane
Glen Cove, NY 11542

Greenpoint YMCA
99 Meserole Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

Chinatown YMCA
273 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Wagon Road Camp – The Children’s Aid Society
431 Quaker Road
Chappaqua, NY 10514

JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314

JCC of Staten Island
1466 Manor Road
Staten Island, NY 10314

14th Street Y
344 E. 14th Street
New York, NY 10003

The Quad Manhattan Flagship Office
291 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007

The Quad Manhattan After School and Summer Camp
25 Pine St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10005

EBL Coaching
17 E. 89th St., 1D
New York, NY 10128

Village Chess @ Zinc
82 W 3rd St.
New York, NY 10012

PS 183 - Robert Lewis Stevenson School
419 E 66th St.
New York, NY 10065

PS 34 - Oliver H. Perry School
131 Norman Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11222

FasTracKids - Williamsburg
60 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 10006

PS 49Q
63-60 80th St.
Middle Village, NY 11379

Chess NYC Fun & Training Camps Online
Online
New York, NY

92Y Camps
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Henry Kaufman Campground
Rockland County, NY

Camp Ramapo
22 Camp Ramapo Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Harbor Haven Camp
1418 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
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