What is Camp Gizmo?
A five day, hands-on camp where parents, professionals, and students learn how assistive technology can help young children (birth-8 years) with significant and multiple developmental needs.
When & Where is Camp Gizmo?
Typically camp is held in July on the campus of the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and the Blind in Romney, WV.
Who should come and what do we do?
Families, professionals, college students, and others who want to learn more about assistive technology. A limited number of "focus" children will be accepted and assigned a team of professionals who help families identify and apply new strategies for solving their multiple assistive technology needs. (Preference will be given to children who have not previously attended camp.) Professionals and other caregivers involved with these children are encouraged to attend the camp. Labs and workshops will be available to Camp participants daily. Parents attend workshops on subjects that will help them better meet the needs of their child. Professionals and students attend workshops of interest that meet professional/educational needs or assist the "focus" family. Teams will meet daily to observe, discuss and implement strategies for the "focus" child.
Do children attend?
Kids camp will be held in conjunction with Camp Gizmo. All children attending the camp with focus families or other participants will participate in Kids Camp educational and recreational activities. Kids Camp is a safe, fun camp experience for children with or without disabilities.
Can I receive CEU credit?
Yes, graduate credit, WV Birth to Three contact hours and others.
How much does it cost?
Camp Gizmo is an interagency funded learning week. Registration includes meals, sleeping accommodations, and Kids Camp. Participant costs:
Focus Families: $50 - child and two parents/$25 - each additional family member
Other Camp participants: $75 per person/$25 each additional family member
For more information, please contact:
WV Department of Education
1 (800) 642-8541
WV Birth to Three
1 (800) 642-9704
1 (888) 983-2827 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Gizmo is funded by the WV Dept of Ed/Office of Special Programs, WVDHHR/Bureau for Public Health/Office of Maternal, Child and Family Health/WV Birth to Three and WVDHHR/Bureau for Children and Families/Division of Early Care and Education and in-kind support is provided by WVATS, WVU Center of Excellence in Disabilities, National Seating and Mobility and Assistive Technology Works, Inc. Support and coordination provided by WV Early Childhood Training Connections and Resources.