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A Closer Look: Special Needs Day camps offer new special-needs options

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Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 10:00 am

When it comes to special-needs children, “there’s not a lot out there for summer camps,” said Alex Sachs, youth sports director at Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center, but this summer there are a couple of local Jewish options – Ometz, a new special-needs camp at the VOSJCC,  and Camp Simcha’s partnership with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) at Congregation Beth Israel. 

At the JCC, Sachs has advocated and developed a program called Ometz, a half-day camp to serve children 5-13 years old who have mild to moderate disabilities. (Ometz translates to English as “courage.”) 

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