The Autism and Communication Center at Cal Lutheran presents: Family Connections Camp

The Autism and Communication Center at Cal Lutheran (ACC) is celebrating its third year of activities this summer. The center is growing and is busier than ever.

This summer, ACC offered its first Family Connections Camp. The camp brought six families (totaling over 20 individuals) together to engage in academic and social games, build communication skills, and bond over fun activities. Families from as far away as Florida joined the four-day camp. Camp activities were led by Julie Sando, Cal Lutheran alumna and founder of Autisticaly Inclined, and Amanda Johnson of Children's Developmental Milestones.

The Summer Communication Camp registered 10 students and their communication partners. Camp registration filled up in less than two days, resulting in a long waiting list! Camp activities were led by Amanda Johnson alongside Ali Steers, a local speech language pathologist who specializes in augmentative and alternative communication.

Finally, ACC is excited to have offered the first ever national College Bound Academy four-day transition program. The program was tailored to autistic students who use letter boards and keyboards to communicate. Students from across six states visited Cal Lutheran to learn about resources and self-advocacy skills to transition successfully to college.