Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities:

The following information has been provided for students who are interested in volunteer activities related to the Speech Pathology & Audiology fields. Included below are opportunities for working with children who are nonverbal, deaf, have speech or articulation disorders, or fluency disorders. Opportunities to work with people with various disabilities are also available.

Cincinnati Center for Autism

The Cincinnati Center for Autism offers many opportunities for student involvement throughout the summer and academic year. In the summer, they offer a morning/afternoon summer camp, outdoor adventure camp, and monthly teen nights. Teen Night Out and Parent Night Out are also offered during the academic year. 

Safe Haven Farms

Safe Haven Farms is a non-profit organization offering residential, day and community services for individuals on the autism spectrum. It provides a variety of meaningful living, working, learning and leisure activities in a safe and accepting farm environment, where every individual is respected as a valued and contributing community member. For more information, please email them at volunteer@safehavenfarms.org. 

Oxford Senior Center

Oxford Senior Center puts on many social events that require volunteer assistance. During the academic year, the National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) put on their own social events. For more information, please call (513) 523-8100.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center offers many opportunities for volunteering. All volunteer activities support the needs of the patients, families and staff. Playing games with patients, visiting patient rooms, delivering toys and offering breaks to tired parents are just a few of the activities that our volunteers perform. 

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus)

The Columbus Children’s Hospital needs assistance in raising money for their services that they offer patients. 

Recreation Unlimited

Recreation Unlimited provides “year-round programs in sports, recreation, and education for children with disabilities and health concerns.” In addition to year-round weekend camps, Recreation Unlimited provides Summer residential camps and day camps for both children and adults with physical and developmental disabilities along with their typically-developing friends or siblings. Specialty camps such as the Prader-Willi Syndrome Camp are also available.

Driver Education School

This camp is located on the Ohio School for the Deaf campus in Columbus, Ohio. It is open to those aged 15 and 1/2 or older and teaches the rules of the road, driving laws, and the principles of defensive driving.

Summer Camp Opportunities:

The following information has been provided for students who are interested in summer activities related to the Speech Pathology & Audiology fields. Included below are camps for children who are nonverbal, deaf, have speech or articulation disorders, or fluency disorders.

S.M.I.L.E Summer Camp (Special Memories Include Laughter & Enrichment)

Peak Potential Therapy offers a range of services and resources for children with Autism, Aspergers, and PDD-NOS in the Cleveland/Akron Ohio area. SMILE summer camp, hosted by Peak Potential Therapy in Twinsburg, OH, is a therapeutic day camp directed by a speech-language pathologist. Through activities and field trips, children have the opportunity to focus on building communication, social skills, and emotional regulation.

Kid Power Therapy Services – Summer Program

“Kid Camp,” offered for children ages 3-12, is a program that meets twice a week for 9 weeks from June to August. Children are divided into small groups according to age and skill level and assigned a speech-language pathologist and occupational therapist who organize activities to help each child make progress toward set goals.

Camp Without Barriers for Children and Adults with Disabilities

Easter Seals Disability Services provides services in more than 500 locations across the country. Camp Without Barriers in a fully-accessible camp where those living with autism and other disabilities can swim, do arts and crafts, take nature walks, and more. Day and residential camps as well as weekend and after-school camp sessions are available. Listed below are some Easter Seals programs in the tri-state area. Please visit/contact the following for further information:

Easter Seals Child Development Center

The Rehabilitation Center

621 Cullen Avenue

Evansville, IN 47715

Easter Seals Southwestern Indiana

The Rehabilitation Center

3701 Bellemeade Avenue

Evansville, IN 47714

www.eastersealsarcnein.org

Easter Seals ARC of Northeast Indiana

Main Campus

4919 Coldwater Rd

Fort Wayne, IN 46825

www.cardinalhill.org

Easter Seals Cardinal Hill Speciality Hospital

at St. Luke Hospital East

85 N. Grand Avenue

Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

Easter Seals Kentucky

Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital

2050 Versailles Road

Lexington, KY 40504-1499

Akron Area YMCA Rotary Camp

The Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs and the Akron Area YMCA team up to offer a fun and exciting camp experience for children and adults with disabilities. While this is not a speech specific program, this unique camp gives those with all kinds of disabilities, along with their family members, the opportunity to build self-esteem, physical endurance, skills, and memories that last a lifetime.

Fairlawn Summer Camps – Summer Enrichment Program

Total Education Solutions, located in Fairlawn, Ohio, offers a coed summer day camp that offers tutoring, health and wellness programs, social skill development, equine assisted therapy, and a speech and language program. The speech and language program, available to children ages 2-5, includes play-based activities with a focus on early reading skills such as identifying rhyming words, learning new vocabulary to improve communication, describing object and their location, asking and answering questions, socializing with other children, and more. Please visit the website listed above or contact Total Education Solutions for more information.

Camp Echoing Hills, Warsaw, OH

Offered for children aged 7-18+, Camp Echoing Hills is a coed residential summer camp serving those with

developmental disabilities by “adapting camp activities to the abilities and interests” of the campers. Camp Echoing Hills offers a variety of outdoor activities, performing arts, sports, competitive events, water sports, arts and crafts, leadership activities, Bible studies, and more with special accommodations for campers with ADD, behavior disorders, Cystic Fibrosis, learning disabilities, Multiple Sclerosis, and more.

Helping Hands Center – Summer Camp

The Helping Hands Center for Special Needs, located in Columbus, Ohio, provides education and therapy for children with developmental disabilities by combining the efforts of professionals in the fields of music therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical, behavioral, and educational services. In addition to their regular services, HHC provides a special summer program offered 4 days a week for Pre-school – school age children. Children participate in theme-related, academic, and developmental review activities that focus on socialization, play skills, and making friends. Children participating in the program will also take part in small-group music therapy.

Camp Willard

Located in St. Paul, Indiana, Camp Willard is named after the first superintendent of the Indiana School for the Deaf and is staffed by ISD employees. It's a traditional summer camp with swimming, team building and leadership activities, canoeing, climbing, and rappelling. Children aged 8-16 are welcome

Children's Deaf Camp

This week-long camp located in Milford, Indiana is available to children aged 4-16. Activities include sand

volleyball, a low ropes course, swimming, skating, theatre, fishing, hiking, carnivals, and more including the Indiana Deaf Camp Talent Show on the final day of camp.

Lions Camp Crescendo

This camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-15 who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are a resident of Kentucky. Located just north of Elizabethtown in Lebanon Junction, Lions Camp Crescendo features outdoor activities and team building events. Volunteer counselors are needed!!

For further information, please contact Will Mayer, CO – Director, at w.mayer@lions-campcrescendo.org or visit the above-listed website.

**For information about camps for those who are deaf or hard of hearing in locations

other than the OH/IN/KY area, please visit http://www.drf.org/camps