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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Adventure Programs
  • Camp
  • Climbing
  • Hiking
Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 8 to 17

Membership Fees
  • Fee to participate in the Program :

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Talisman Programs offer summer camps and semester length programs for children with learning disabilities, ADD and ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and high functioning Autism. Talisman has been offering summer camp experiences for children ages 8 to 17 since 1980 and is ACA accredited. Talisman's summer camps provide parents with unique alternatives to ordinary summer camps and offer children with special needs a summer full of fun, adventure, and new learning experiences.

In addition to our summer camps, we have semester length academic programs. Our learning disability schools are geared to help students ages 13 - 17 who have been diagnosed with special needs such as Asperger's Syndrome, high-functioning Autism, and similar Autism Spectrum disorders.

With our limited enrollment Talisman is able to maintain close personal contact with families from the admissions process, throughout the summer and on into the school year. Campers develop meaningful bonds with their counselors and parents are kept informed by weekly phone contact and a written summary at the end of the summer. Many campers build on those relationships by returning year after year, strengthening our community as they grow from it.

Our main campus is nestled in the Mountains of Western North Carolina. Talisman's beautiful 140 acre campus sits in the ideal location for a special needs summer camp and adventure semester program. Surrounded by national forests and other natural resources, Talisman is just a short drive from the modern conveniences and medical facilities of the city of Asheville. Directions can be found at "Getting ready for camp".