As the prevelance of Autism continues to increase, 1 out of 88, so does the need for community resources. In searching for childcare and fun things to do for our children, all diagnosed with an ASD, it was discovered that we just needed more options. Keeping in mind that first and foremost a child with an ASD is just that, a child, and after many conversations with other parents of children with Autism, teachers and specialists, Richmond Autism Integration Network (R.A.I.N.) was born. R.A.I.N. is composed of a tremendously talented team of individuals possessing a passion for all children. Not only did we realize that there needed to be opportunities for children with an ASD to have fun social outlets, but we also realized that their peers, although aware of Autism, did not really know what Autism was or how to integrate children with an ASD into their social groups. Camp Free2BMe, designed specifically for individuals with an ASD was opened in July 2012. This is a unique "camp" that offers both groups the opportunity to learn from each other and have fun too. Together they work on social skills and communication as well as explore activities within the community. Both groups enjoy a unique camp experience that will begin to lay the foundation for new relationships and give them a positive experience to take back to their classmates in the fall.
Please visit our "Camp" tab to find out more. We are pleased to announce that our camp will be offering six weeks in 2013!
Students needing volunteer credit for school or that would like a unique "camp" experience are always needed. We will be offering a spring break camp in 2013 as well, so apply early! Please see our "Volunteer" tab to review our requirements. If this sounds like you then please sign up through HandsOn RVA. Their site may be accessed on our volunteer page.