Website:
http://kitchener.ca/everykidcounts

Breanna Wilson 
Inclusion Coordinator 
Telephone # (519) 741-2200 ext. 7229

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Mission

Proudly providing valued services for our community.

Program Story

Every Kid Counts 

When you recall your childhood what comes to mind when you think of summer? For many kids in KW, it is all about attending their neighbourhood camp. Here they spend time with close friends, or make new ones, while participating in fun-filled activities. Best of all they smile and laugh!

For children with a disability, summer programs are all of this and much more. For some, it’s an opportunity to experience independence – time away from protective parents and caregivers who may be their only source of friendship and stimulation. For others, it’s a chance to have fun, make new friends, and experience success while trying out new activities. But children with disabilities do not always have the opportunity to participate in organized programs.

Parents who often run into a wide range of roadblocks which prevent their child from being involved. They often hear, “I’m sorry, we don’t have the resources to help your child.” In addition, many families are struggling with the financial challenges of raising a child with a disability and cannot afford further expenses, like hiring a support worker to attend camp with their child. A parent of a past participant put it nicely when she said “As the parent of a child who has difficulties socializing due to his other problems, it is always distressing to watch your child left out and unable to have a pleasant social experience. This summer I was thrilled to watch him enjoy himself and join in the fun just like all the other children. I sincerely hope Every Kid Counts will continue to serve all such children.” As KidsAbility has said “Children can learn important social and communication skills, gain a sense of self-worth, increase self-esteem . . . all of which are imperative for healthy development. I would like to congratulate you and your staff for taking the time to consider the needs of both the participants with special needs and their families.”

Donation Impact

A $325 donation sends one child to camp with support for one week.

Giving Opportunity

The amount of one-to-one support we can provide is dependent on the funding and donations we receive. Each year, we receive a higher level of support requests from the year before. Last year we saw a 30% increase in requests. Hiring takes place in early Spring. Donations can be made to: Every Kid Counts c/o Inclusion Services – Kitchener Community Services, 200 King Street West, 7th Floor, PO Box 1118, Kitchener, ON, N2H 4G7.