Project Connect

Camp Connect 2021

Camp Connect is a summer day camp for children. The purpose of Camp Connect is for children with autism to have fun while connecting with other children who may or may not have autism. Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are paired with peer mentors with similar interests and of similar age and are supported by University of Arkansas students.

For summer 2021, applications for campers will be accepted until June 1. For Week One of camp held on the Fayetteville campus, the number of campers will be up to 5 children. For Week Two of camp held at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, the number of campers will be up to 6 children with autism and 7 peers.

Camp is provided at no cost to families. Families will be notified by June 15 if their child will have a spot for the upcoming summer camp session.

Camp Connect is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Special Education/Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis Programs and the University of Arkansas ASD/DD Symposium. Week Two of Camp Connect at Crystal Bridges is also sponsored by Loreen Arbus.

Where and When

Week One — Center for Autism, 410 N. Arkansas Ave., Fayetteville — Early Learners ages 3-5 — 9 a.m. - noon, July 12-16, 2021

Week Two — Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville — Advanced Learners ages 11-14 — 1:30-4:30 p.m., July 20-23, 2021

  • Orientation for Crystal Bridges Camp will take place 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, July 19, 2021.

Application and More Information

Week One is at capacity and no longer accepting applications — Summer 2021 Camp Connect

Week TwoOnline Application for Camp at Crystal Bridges for a child with autism — Summer 2021 Camp Connect at CB

Week TwoOnline Application for Camp at Crystal Bridges for peers — Summer 2021 Camp Connect at CB

For more information on Week One of Camp Connect, please contact Elizabeth Lorah, lorah@uark.edu

For more information on Week Two of Camp Connect, please contact Renee Speight, rspeight@uark.edu.

Playing at Camp Connect in 2017

Project Connect

The mission of Project Connect is to serve as an outreach program for families and others seeking autism spectrum specific resources in the community. Outreach activities include the Project Connect Autism Resource Guide, Parents' Night Out and Camp Connect.

Project Connect guide coverProject Connect Autism Resource Guide is a 112-page PDF. This resource guide is designed as a resource to help parents identify and select services for their children with an autism spectrum disorder. Please note that its large size may keep it from opening in some browsers and some devices.

Parents' Night Out

Details will be available later on this program. Please check back.

Renee Speight, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Autism Program Specialist and Instructor
Department of Curriculum and Instruction