Founded in Summer 2014, Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.: Finding Rewards In Every New Day was the first program of its kind in the Mahoning Valley. This camp is dedicated to offering an inclusive day camp experience for students with autism and their friends.

Modeled after Camp Sunshine for Exceptional Students in Aurora, the camp's daily activities will be structured around social skill building themes to provide evidence-based instructional opportunities in a fun setting. Activities include all the activities children enjoy about summer camp, but have the bonus of an autism-qualified staff to provide a supported environment while ensuring an equitable experience.

The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to supporting families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for families living with an ASD diagnosis, and to bring about community change and opportunities for individuals working through life with this disability. Our staff and volunteers are dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development. The dollars raised will stay local to serve The dollars raised will stay local to serve Mahoning Valley families in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties. For additional information on ASMV, please visit http://www.autismmv.org/

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D. is truly a collaborate effort to provide quality, evidence-based, necessary, and fun programming for children with autism and related disabilities and their friends.