In many cases, when a parent has a child with special needs, they may have financial concerns about the affordability of summer camp in addition to the many other ongoing expenses for their child. Having a family member with Downs Syndrome, James Schade was already familiar with the overwhelming expenses that accompany a disability.
Schade started SuperSchade’s Foundation to allow children in these circumstances to go to an inclusive summer camp when his friend’s child with special needs wanted to participate in a similar program.
In addition to sending children to camp, SuperSchade’s Foundation also works as a liaison for families in the special needs community and helps them allocate the resources they need to navigate through the system. This year, SuperSchade’s is sponsoring the Chronic Care Connections of Greater Toledo Community Resource Guide as well as the 2014 Camp Programs Guide for people with disabilities.
In another altruistic effort, SuperSchade’s Foundation also helps sponsor a Sensory Friendly Family Movie at the Maumee Theater every quarter for all area children and adults with disabilities, complete with free soda and popcorn, as a way to give back to the community. Most movie nights are incredibly popular and usually include over 200 people in the special needs community.
To raise money last year, James hosted an annual golf outing which sent nearly a dozen area children with disabilities to camp. He will be doing the same this year.
To contribute to the SuperSchade’s Foundation, please consider participating in the golf outing at Giant Oaks in Temperance, Michigan on Saturday, August 23 at 1pm. For more information on the golf outing or movie nights, please visit superschades.org.