Through our partnership with Variety the Children's Charity of Wisconsin, graduate speech pathology students and other student volunteers and instructors host this overnight camp for children with special needs who use assistive communication devices and their immediate family members, free of charge. This life-changing experience is made possible thanks to caring people just like YOU – our donors, partners and special sponsors!
What makes Chatter Matters unique is that it’s just like a traditional summer camp, but the activities are fully adapted for AAC users of all ages and abilities. Through activities like arts & crafts, adaptive sports, games, campfires and music, children learn to improve their communication device use. By allowing parents and siblings to attend, families have fun, create lasting family memories and bond with other families of children with special needs.
This camp is available to children who use Augmentative and Alternative Communication and their families.
The enrollment in the camp is limited to 25 families in order to maximize opportunities for individualized attention.
Registrations accepted online until noon 5/3/19. We do NOT accept walk up registrations.
One child and one parent: Free
Additional parent or sibling (age 16 and younger): $200 each
At least one parent/guardian must attend the full camp with the child. Unless the child and one parent/guardian are able to attend the full camp your application will not be considered. The same parent/guardian must attend the entire camp. A second parent/guardian and siblings may also attend. There will be a $200 charge for additional family members. A maximum of six (6) people per family unit may attend (camper plus designated parent/guardian and up to 4 additional family members).
The camp fee covers lodging, meals, instruction, a camp t-shirt* for the ACC user and insurance.
If selected to attend Chatter Matters! Communication Camp, a deposit check for $200.00 DATED JUNE 20, 2019 will need to be mailed to UW-Whitewater, Continuing Education Services, Roseman 2005, 800 W Main Street, Whitewater, WI 53190 and made out to UW-Whitewater in order to hold a family’s place for camp. The $200 will be applied to the fee associated with additional family members’ attendance or it will be destroyed on the first day of camp if no payment is required (i.e., as in the case where only the AAC user and one designated adult attend the camp). Families will be notified to submit deposit to confirm their enrollment and will have two weeks to submit check payment. If we do not receive the deposit payment in two weeks, we will contact the next registrant on the wait list and the family will be removed from camp. If families need more time to pay or make a decision email firstname.lastname@example.org with how long you will need, and we will hold your spot a little longer.
Cancellation is required in writing by emailing email@example.com on or before May 20th; the deposit is nonrefundable after May 20th. The deposit is also nonrefundable if a family leaves camp early for any reason.
Variety The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin may have "need-based" scholarships available. Please contact by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (262) 777-2090, ext. 107 or visit their website https://varietywi.org/about-us/ for more information.
Children who are on the CLTS waiver may be able to have their second parent's fee paid for under the Parent Education program. Families should reach out to their case worker for additional information.
Pre-camp information will be available on this website three weeks prior to the start of camp. Pre-camp information includes medication requirements (complete only if taking meds at this event), check-in and out times with locations, confirmed daily schedule, what to bring and other important information you will need to know before attending camp. If any medical information changes, it is your responsibility to notify Continuing Education Services at email@example.com.
You will need to complete Camper Application Form, using the link above. We will review applications periodically and notify those who are accepted via email before or by May 7, 2019.
Once your application has been accepted, you will automatically be registered to attend camp. A confirmation email will be sent to you with any addtional instructions once your registratoin has been completed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive this confirmation email by May 7th.
UW-Whitewater will hold all campers responsible for their conduct. Serious misconduct or disruption will lead to immediate dismissal from camp. Campers dismissed from the camp will not receive a refund. Review Summer Camp Rules for more details.
By registering for an event, you agree to our Registration Terms and Conditions. Please review the Registration Terms and Conditions for more details.
Please contact Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at 262-472-1301 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Registrants are encouraged to have their own health insurance as accident insurance provided by the University is limited. Each registrant will be covered by a limited accident insurance policy. The insurance includes primary coverage up to $10,000. 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.
Registering for this event you understand that the University and Variety may take photographs and or videos of event participants and activities. You will be required to agree at the time of registration that the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Variety shall be the owner of and may use such photographs and or videos relating to the promotion of future events. You will relinquish all rights that you may claim in relation to use of said photographs and/or videos.