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2019-07-15 - 2019-07-19 All day

The Autism Society of Mahoning Valley is excited to announce that it is bringing back AND tripling its summer day camp options for children with special needs and their neurotypical friends.

A unique feature of Camp Friend is the student-to-counselor ratio is extremely low and unmatched because of the intense needs of children and teens on the autism spectrum. As a result, every year interested applicants had to be turned away. The addition of Integrated Camp will allow higher-functioning individuals to attend a traditional day camp with our counselors there to assist as needed. This will allow ASMV to serve more families and provide the opportunity for kids to strengthen their social skills.

Launched in 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. The camp is dedicated to offering an inclusive day camp experience for students with autism and their friends. During the YMCA’s extensive renovations, Autism Society changed the format to a week-long, family-together activity program at a variety of locations in the region.

Camp F.R.I.E.N.D.’s Full Camp will bring back a model of daily activities structured around social skill building themes to provide evidence based instructional opportunities in a fun setting. This, plus traditional summer camp activities like swimming, sports and crafts supported by an autism-qualified staff, provide a supported environment while ensuring an equitable experience.

For more information or media inquiries click here, call Camp Coordinator Tracy Marciano at 330-333-9609 or

Related upcoming events

  • 2019-06-08 All day

    Autism Warrior Pricing & Event Times:
    Online registration closes: Wednesday, June 5th at 5pm
    Online donations closes: Friday, June 7th at 12pm
    May 19th midnight t-shirt guarantee closes.
    Event bag stuffing (volunteers needed, Boardman): Thursday, June 6th starting at 6:15pm

    Event Day:
    Board & Organizers Arrive: 7am
    General Volunteers Arrive: 7:30am
    Registration, Donations and Event bag pickup: 8am-Noon
    Special Needs Resource Fair: 8:30am-Noon
    Kids Entertainment: 8:30am-Noon

    Your Choice! Raffle $10 per raffle ticket (sponsored by: Ohio Naturopathic Wellness Center). Each $10 donation gives one entry, printed tickets available to sell. Click here for prize option details – Water park weekend, iPad, Smart TV or Couples weekend.

    5K – 9am-10am
    Valley Autism 5K with t-shirt- $25
    (chip timed by Second Sole)
    5K awards ceremony (medals will be top male and female in each age group, male and female overall, click here for age groups) – approx. 10:15am.
    If you would like to mail a check instead of registering online for the 5K or Walk please click here for downloadable form.

    Walk – 10:30am-11am
    Autism Support Walk – $10
    Autism Support Walk with t-shirt – $25
    Autism Support Walk (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) – $0
    Autism Support Walk with t-shirt (diagnosed on the autism spectrum) – $10
    If you would like to mail a check instead of registering online for the 5K or Walk please click here for downloadable form.

    Ninja Obstacle Course – 9:30am-1:30pm
    Ninja Obstacle Course – $40
    includes an Autism Warrior event shirt.
    Course run is approximately 3 minutes. Medal given to top male and female overall.

    People-Powered Tractor Pull – starts at 11am (expected to end by 1pm at latest, will be determined by amount of teams that register)
    $150 per team (includes Autism Warrior event t-shirts)
    Sponsored by: Angiuli’s Farm
    In this competition, teams of eight (8) people will pull a full-size farm tractor (in neutral with its engine off) over a distance of 100 feet on a level, paved course. Teams can consist of area schools, businesses, and civic organizations. The team with the lowest elapsed time wins bragging rights and, for each winning team member an Autism Warrior medal!
    *There may be different rounds depending on tractors available. We will update soon!

    The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of America was founded by local families in 1989 to support 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 volunteers are dedicated to accomplishing this through information and referral, family support, advocacy, professional development, raising awareness and resource development.

    From the newly diagnosed child to the school aged children to the severely disabled autistic adult. These are ALL Autism Society families and THEY NEED OUR HELP!

    Can YOU help us support your community, your friends, your neighbors, your loved ones? Start TODAY!

    When you walk, run or donate, you become part of this dedicated, local effort to ADVOCATE, EDUCATE, SUPPORT and provide needed PROGRAMS that create a better quality of life for individuals with autism.

    Learn more HERE

  • 2019-08-01 14:25 - 2019-08-31 14:00
    Teacher Mini Grant program will be back, check back in June 2019!


    Family Portraits program is tentatively scheduled for September 21, 2019, details will be posted in August 2019!


    Holiday Mini Grant program will be back, check back in October 2019!


    Special Bunny & Special Santa - Events are held annually, check back for open registrations


    OHWow - Autism Society of Mahoning Valley plans an annual event at OHWow in April