Although sometimes a program will combine children with varying disabilities to meet the quotas for keeping a program operating in some locals, many specialized programs and camps are developing. For instance, there are summer camps specific to children with diabetes, cancer, burns, autism, developmental disabilities, and spinal cord injuries. Numerous organizations have been developed for athletic participation by persons with disabilities, including Disabled Sports USA (DSUSA Link), Special Olympics (SO Link), International Sports Organization for the Disabled (ISOD Link), International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS Link), and International Paralympic Committee. This list is a small sample of the organizations that are available.
Many adapted programs are inclusive of all ages and all disabilities and may even include non-disabled peers and siblings to grow beyond the segregated settings that have existed for so many years. Variety gives children a chance to try different sports, adds to the skills developed, and increases the likelihood of finding activities for lifetime participation.