Authentic Voices of America
The Authentic Voices of America Camp provides individuals with severe speech impairments the opportunity to enhance their community participation by developing communication skills using augmentative devices. This week-long residential camp, held at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, offers participants the chance to gain a greater awareness of their abilities and to build their independence and self-confidence while having fun. Camp activities are designed to “unlock” the unique voice within each participant.
Who Should Attend
The camp is designed for individuals, ages 12-21, who use augmentative communication devices and have the potential for post-secondary education and/or job training.
Camp Director: Jon Feucht
Jon is assisted by a talented and unique staff of professionals, some of whom are AAC users. Campers will be counseled and mentored by persons with disabilities who are living active, productive lives. All campers are under the careful supervision of highly trained and professional staff.
Housing & Dining
Campers will live in a completely accessible, fully supervised residence hall located close to all campus activities. Rooms are double occupancy. Restrooms and shower facilities are accessible and linens will be provided. The dining halls are located in close proximity to the residence halls and serve three well-balanced meals daily.
The camp is conducted on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus, which has a select mission to serve students with disabilities. New Mobility magazine ranks UW‑Whitewater one of the top 10 disability friendly public universities in the U.S.
Benefits of Attendance
- Improve your interpersonal communication skills with an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Device
- Experience “speaking” and learning from others who use AAC
- Enjoy a community-based treatment experience
- Develop friendships and social skills
- Increase independence and self esteem
- Become aware of own potential
- Develop post-secondary job and career goals
- Enjoy recreational experiences of a week away from home
The actual operational cost of the Authentic Voices of America (AVA) Camp is $1,400 per camper. The fee for each attendant is $195. We realize this fee may be prohibitive for some eligible campers. Campers are encouraged to solicit funding from local service clubs, school districts, or other agencies. Thanks to generous sponsors and fund raising efforts, AVA and UW-Whitewater are able to provide funding to those who need financial assistance. If you are unable to pay the full amount of camp tuition, please contact Jon Feucht at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (262) 473-3563 for information on possible funding.
The camp fee includes:
- Room & board
- Instructional costs
- Camp t-shirt
- Administrative costs
- Transportation and admission to activities off-campus
Application must include a non-refundable deposit of $100. The balance of payment is due 10 days prior to the start of camp.
If your child is not totally independent for personal hygiene and all activities of daily living, he/she will need to bring an attendant to camp. The fee for each attendant is $195.
For more information, or to obtain an application packet please contact:
Jeremy Lade, Camp Administrator
Phone: (262) 472-3169
Continuing Education Services
Phone: (262) 472-3165
Jon Feucht, Executive Director
Authentic Voices of America Inc.
Phone: (262) 473-3563
Each camper will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $7,500 and $300 maximum dental insurance. Insurance does not cover pre-existing injuries and is for accidents only. The cost of insurance is included in the registration fee.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is committed to equal opportunity in its educational programs, activities and employment policies, for all persons, regardless of race, color, gender, creed, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, marital status, Vietnam-era veteran status, parental status and pregnancy.
If you have any disabling condition that requires special accommodations or attention, please advise us well in advance. We will make every effort to accommodate your special needs.
I understand that the University may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. I agree that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. I relinquish all rights that I may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.