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Review for Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation, Garden City, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The Lisa Beth Gerstman Foundation has been supporting the Summer Day Camp Inclusion Program at the Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach, Inc. for 6 years already. The camp is located in South Brooklyn, NY. The generosity of this foundation has allowed our organization to include children ages 5-12 with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities in our general summer day camp. We were able to provide more staff in each group that consisted on a majority of typically developing campers and a few campers with special needs. This program is a success story and has contributed immensely to the social skills enhancement of our special needs campers while integrated in the camp and being exposed to natural role modeling of the other campers and staff. Both campers and their families have been very satisfied with the experience, and the campers felt proud and fulfilled during their participation at our lively, fun-filled summer camp activities. We are so grateful to the Lisa Beth Gertsman Foundation for their continuous support and caring for our youth with disabilities, this foundation's work has expanded inclusion possibilities to so many children who would never be included in summer camps otherwise. We are looking forward to more future collaborations!

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