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Camps and Activities and FUN! (including Special Olympics):

Best Buddies International
Best Buddies is a nonprofit organization that provides friends and jobs to persons with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics International
The world's largest program of year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with mental retardation and other closely related developmental disabilities(such as autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Tourette Syndrome, Noonan Syndrome, etc.) The athletes of Special Olympics are training for life. The social skills they develop through interaction with others can lead to a lifetime of benefits that include employment, independent living and enhanced physical fitness.
Special Olympics, Inc.
1325 G Street, NW / Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202.628.3630 / Fax: 202.824.0200
To locate local chapter anywhere in the world:
To locate local chapter anywhere in the Texas:

Special Olympics Texas, Area 11 Greater Fort Worth
Get involved with a movement that is changing lives in your community. Special Olympics Texas provides opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities to enhance their self-esteem, develop social skills and gain a sense of independence that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Volunteer or make a donation today
Kate Downey, athlete, Martha Kate and Dennis Downey, coaches
Keith Kowalski, Area 11 director
Fort Worth, Texas
Phone: (817)332-3433

Special Olympics Texas, Area 10 Greater Dallas
Many athletes in this area also involved with D.A.N.I.S.H.
Special Olympics Texas Area 10
400 S. Zang
Dallas, TX 75208
Jesse McNeil, Area 10 director
Dallas, Texas
Fax: (214) 943-3774
Phone: (214) 943-9981

Camp Friendship
Family co-op day camp designed for kids, ages 6-16, with Asperger Syndrome, HFA, CAPD and other challenges making social interaction difficult. Designed to encourage friendships and interaction through games and fun activities in a safe, comfortable environment. Additional, optional social group runs throughout the summer.
Gaylen Tharp, Director, Founder and member of D.A.N.I.S.H. (see Organizations above)
Phone: (972) 309-1905

Camp Summit
Athletes from the Special Olympics team Kate which she is on LOVE this camp and the weekend sessions they have, too! Lura J Hammond Executive Director
Lisa J Braziel Camp Director
2915 LBJ Freeway Suite 185
Dallas, TX 75234
Camp Address: ( to write you favorite camper)
Name of camper
c/o Camp Summit, Inc.
921-A Copper Canyon Road
Argyle, Texas 76226
Phone: (972) 484-8900

Therapy/Respite Camps for Kids
A resource for locating therapy/respite camps for kids with autism and other disorders
Will Moore
Tallahassee, Florida, USA

Therapeutic Horsemanship. They offer summer camps and year round services. SI Challenge hosts one week of the summer camps for sensory integration.
(office is in Dallas, Riding Center is in Wylie - East of Plano on Hwy 78)
Wylie, TX
Phone: 214-827-7100

NARHA, North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc.
NARHA is a national non-profit organization that promotes the benefit of the horse for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.
PO Box 33150
Denver, Colorado 80233
Phone: 800-369-RIDE (7433)

Riding Unlimited Therapeutic Horsmanship a member of NARHA
The Ranch
9168 TN Skiles Road
Ponder, TX 76259-5823
Phone: 940-479-2016
Fax: 940-479-2018

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