INCLUSION CONFERENCE: The fifth annual Inclusion Matters conference will be held June 5-7 at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans. The conference will highlight Louisiana’s progress in including people with disabilities throughout the community, especially at school and work. For registration information, contact Families Helping Families of Jefferson at (504) 888-9111 or (800) 766-7736.
SUMMER CAMPS: On the east bank, the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department is offering Camp Rainbow for ages 6 to 14 at Bright Playground and Camp Butterfly for ages 15 and up at Pontiff Playground. For information and registration, contact Peggie Massaro at (504) 736-6999, ext. 110, or email@example.com.
On the west bank, the Jefferson Parish Recreation Department is offering Camp Sunshine for ages 8 to 13 and Camp Moonbeams for ages 14 and up at Nicholson Playground. For information and registration, contact Rebelee Luke at (504) 349-5000, ext. 105, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUTISM PROGRAM: Creating Learning Center of Louisiana offers activities including a social integration group, music, academics, bowling, swimming and field trips for ages 4 to 21. The center is at 2432 Gen. Ogden St. in New Orleans. For information, contact Sheila Ealey, (504) 975-7961 or email@example.com.
AUTISM PROGRAM: Integrative Touch Pediatric Occupational Therapy offers summer opportunities including multisensory and writing camp at 4899 Westbank Expressway, Suite D, Marrero. For information, call Tammi Lavin, (504) 341-7300 or (504) 417-0281.
CAMP FRIENDSHIP: Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans will hold Camp Friendship for ages 3 and up July 21-25 at Paradise Manor Community Club, 529 Sauvé Road, River Ridge. There is no charge for camp attendance, and some transportation is available for campers in the immediate area. There is a counselor for each camper, and children with extensive medical needs are accepted. For information, contact Cindy Barrios, www.sbgno.org/camp_friendship.htm.
BUNCO: Jefferson Parish Recreation Department Westbank Special Programs is sponsoring bunco for ages 14 and up from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Terrytown Golden Age Center, 604 Heritage Ave., Gretna. Participation costs $10 per person. For information, call (504) 349-5000, ext. 105.
PEOPLE FIRST OF NOLA: People First of NOLA is a organization run by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. It will meet from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., Suite 250, New Orleans. For information, call Families Helping Families at (504) 943-0343.
The special needs calendar lists meetings, workshops, events, etc of interest to individuals with disabilities/special needs and their families. To place a listing contact Jane Pic Adams at jpa. firstname.lastname@example.org.