The Painted Turtle is more than a camp – it’s a place where children with serious medical conditions can just be kids.
Children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses arrive looking for a typical camp experience, and what they discover is confidence, belonging, and a feeling of acceptance that lasts long after they head home. For many campers, their camp experience is the best time of the year. For their families, The Painted Turtle provides unparalleled care, education, and well-needed respite. All programs are always completely free of charge.
Since opening in 2004, The Painted Turtle has provided more than 60,000 camp experiences to children with serious medical conditions and family members through year-round camp programming. As a member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, The Painted Turtle is part of a network of the finest multi-disease medical camps and programs — serving hundreds of thousands of children and families around the globe.
The Bridge School’s mission is to ensure that individuals with severe speech and physical impairments achieve full participation in their communities through the use of augmentative & alternative means of communication (AAC) and assistive technology (AT) applications and through the development, implementation and dissemination of innovative life-long educational strategies. The Bridge School is an internationally recognized leader in the education of children who use augmentative and alternative communication and has developed unique programs and trained highly skilled professionals in the use of state of the art assistive technology.