Project Connect

Camp Connect 2020

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.

Camp Connect

Camp Connect is a summer day camp for children ages 5-12. 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 ASD are paired with peer mentors with similar interests and of similar age and are supported by University of Arkansas students.

Applications for campers are accepted until May 1 each year. The number of campers will be up to 10 children with autism and up to 10 peers each week, so please apply early.

Camp is provided at no cost to families. Families will be notified by May 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 Three of Camp Connect at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is also sponsored by Loreen Arbus.

Where/When

  • Week One -- Fayetteville -- Intermediate Learners ages 5-8 -- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 13-16, 2020 (location to be announced soon)
  • Week Two -- Fayetteville -- Intermediate Learners ages 9-12 -- 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., June 20--23, 2020 (location to be announced soon)
  • Week Three -- Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville -- Advanced Learners ages 9-12 -- 1:30-4:30 p..m., July 28-31, 2020
    • Orientation for Crystal Bridges Camp will take place 3:30-4:30 p.m., Monday, July 27, 2020.

Application and More Information

Online application to complete for a child with autism -- Summer 2020 Camp Connect

Online application to complete for a child to attend as a peer mentor -- Summer 2020 Camp Connect Peer

For more information, please contact Renee Speight, rspeight@uark.edu

Parents' Night Out

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