New Opportunity Could Continue Camp Dream for Students at No Cost to Families

June 5, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Atlanta) - After accreditation problems created possible issues for a camp for young people with disabilities, an option is now on the table that could send campers to an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited, fully ADA accessible venue in Winder.  Camp Dream is held annually at Roosevelt Warm Springs (RWS). However, its lack of ACA accreditation was raised as a recent concern.

But late this afternoon, the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency (GVRA), which oversees RWS, was pleased to find a partner dedicated to helping send around 128 students to a new venue, in collaboration with Camp Dream.

Said GVRA Executive Director Sean Casey, “It’s always been about the kids. ACA Accreditation is so important, because it mandates standards like an appropriate staff to camper ratio, access to first aid, and full time availability of emergency transportation. We want the students to enjoy a safe, fun, summer, and we want to approach every decision like we would on behalf of our own kids.”

The new facility offers a one-to-one staff-to-camper ratio and attendance would be offered at no cost to families.

GVRA has reached out to Camp Dream’s Executive Director, and talks are ongoing as the offer is considered.

About GVRA:

GVRA is the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation organization. It was established through legislative action in 2012 with the goal of helping every Georgian with a disability who wants a career to attain success. The organization includes five programs: Vocational Rehabilitation, Roosevelt Warm Springs and Cave Spring Center, Georgia Industries for the Blind, the Business Enterprise Program and Disability Adjudication Services. More information is available at https://www.gvs.ga.gov .

Media Relations:

Robin Folsom, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, Director of Communications and Marketing, communications@gvs.ga.gov, (404) 922-1303