OUR PROGRAMS

Camp Inspire

Mission
Our mission is to provide an inclusive summer day camp specifically designed for children and young adults ages 4 to 21 diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our program is intended to maximize a camper’s potential and develop his/her strengths and hidden abilities. We offer a very unique program of adapted physical education, arts and crafts, academics, life enrichment field trips and social development.

Vision
It is our belief that our campers will build upon their camp experiences and develop a greater appreciation for recreational activities, along with increased academic and social development. Camp Inspire provides for a dynamic learning experience that incorporates fun, fit and fundamentals of learning in a safe, nurturing environment. Campers will work alongside other campers and peer assistants that foster friendships, builds self-esteem and confidence, while promoting personal growth and independence.

Location
St. Mary’s County Public School

Dates
TBA
Staffing
Our staff consists of a Director, Assistant Director, Autism Specialist, Instructors, Music Specialists, Arts and Craft Specialists and Nurse all of which have a specific role and responsibility for the daily operations of Camp Inspire.

Project Inspire

Mission
Project Inspire’s mission is to prepare our students to be actively engaged in developing their employment skills and experiences through a well rounded curriculum that promotes self-confidence, communication skills, teamwork, decision-making, and effective mentoring techniques that will help them become effective employees and managers.

Vision
At Project Inspire, our vision is for employers to value each individual with a disability and provide opportunities for our students to gain meaningful employment so they can lead full and productive lives. For the past nine years, we have been looking beyond disabilities, focusing on capabilities, and expanding possibilities.

Project Inspire seeks to expand employment opportunities for our students with disabilities ages 15 to 21 to ensure they have the means to pursue their potential, contribute to their community, and be treated with dignity and respect.

Goal
Our primary goal is to have our students participate in a variety of work related
experiences by offering hands-on instruction to create a positive interest for employment.

Location
St. Mary’s County Public School

Dates
TBA

Staffing
Our staff consists of a Director, Assistant Director, Nurse and two Project Inspire Specialists all of which have a specific role and responsibility for the daily operations of Project Inspire.

peer assistant program

Mission
The mission of the Peer Assistant program is to offer our children with disabilities increased socialization, independence, self-reliance, and integration into the community. In conjunction with Inspire’s staff, we provide peer-to- peer interaction through individual and small group collaboration.

Goal
Inspire’s goal is to have our peer assistants focus on the students abilities, not their disabilities.  In order to facilitate a successful Peer Assistant program, Inspire will:

1.) Hold peer assistant workshops through the school year.
2.) Identify important elements of the role of a peer assistant.
3.) Demonstrate understanding of basic listening skills a peer assistant should use in any peer-to-peer situation.
4.) Provide peer assistants with a greater understanding of related terminology, such as:
-Verbal cues
-Modeling
-Physical assistance
-Feedback (general and specific)
5.) Provide a greater understanding of one or more disabling conditions, such as cognitive impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.

Location
St. Mary’s County Public School

 

Adapted Aquatics Program

Inspire Inc. is proud to support Adapted Aquatics through St. Mary’s County Recreation and Parks Therapeutic Recreation program. Rocco Aiello developed the Adapted Aquatics program in 2003 when the Great Mills pool was established. To date, the Adapted Aquatics program offers classes on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00.

The Adapted Aquatics is a one-on-one swim program for children and adults with unique needs. This program is designed to help teach our students how to become more comfortable in the water while learning essential swimming skills in a fun environment.

Recreation and Parks Adapted Aquatics program is located at the Great Mills pool. The pool has a zero water entry for non-ambulatory individuals, making for easy access with the use of our specialized chair. The pool water temperature is maintained at a minimum of 82 degrees making for an enjoyable swim environment.

For more information please visit:

http://www.co.saint-marys.md.us/recreate/adaptive-aquatics/

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© 2018 Inspiring Children with Disabilities After School Ed. All Rights Reserved.
© 2018 Inspiring Children with Disabilities After School Ed. All Rights Reserved.