Hampden County

"Kamp For Kids" in Westfield continuing work with children with disabilities

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Since 1972,  Kamp For Kids in Westfield has served a unique purpose.

Kamp For Kids in Westfield is a special place that pioneered with the mission of inclusion for all children of all abilities.

Parents were invited to this first day of camp, where children with disabilities participated in activities with able-bodied children. Dawn Audette's four adopted children all deal with emotional and mental challenges.

“It is increasingly helpful for them to have the ability to spend time with both children with disabilities or without,” Audette told 22News. “The interaction is immensely helpful.”

Both of Jennifer Gagnon's children have autism. Her older child has been attending Kamp for Kids for the past three summers.

“It gives him a lot more confidence with making friendships, social skills, the things that he normally wouldn't be able to do at home,” said Gagnon.

Kamp For Kids was founded 46-years-ago by Judi Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy.

Rick Hoyt who together with his dad, Dick, have made history participating in more than 30 Boston Marathons, and hundreds of triathlons.

They've championed the cause of disability inclusion and inspired countless parents around the world.

Kamp For Kids continues to demonstrate that all children deserve to participate in fun and educational experiences together.


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