Delta Life Skills Society was started over 25 years ago by a dedicated core group of parents who recognized that the long summer break can be a tough time for special needs kids who need the stability of a routine. While the community offers many quality summer day camp programs, most of these are not ideal for our children for various reasons. A six-week program was envisioned and developed with a high staff-to-child ratio to enable these children to continue to use the life skills learned during the school year. The very first Summer Fun Program, as it is affectionately known, had less than 10 children, while our largest program had more than 55 children!
Traditionally, our program is delivered in resource rooms in schools, and this familiar environment adds to the stability of routine for the children. Over the past 25 years, children with a wide range of disabilities, such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental delay and seizure disorder, have been able to participate in a summertime program that continues their daily structure and routine while they enjoy recreation and develop life skills in a fun atmosphere.
True to its roots, Delta Life Skills Society continues to be run by a dedicated volunteer board of directors, whose goal is to continue providing a quality summer program for Delta families who have children with special needs.