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Tell Washington - Camp is for Everyone!
The Trump Administration has recommended policy changes that would make it harder for Easterseals to hire camp counselors through the J-I Camp Counselor program and the Summer Work Travel program.
Take Action NOW: Tell Congress that children with disabilities need to go to camp!

 

In April 2017, President Trump signed an executive order titled "Buy American and Hire American." Part of this executive order calls for a reduction or elimination of the J-I Camp Counselor program and the Summer Work Travel program.

Easterseals depends on international students to fill camp counselor positions each year, as there are not enough American students and workers available. For this summer, Easterseals Iowa posted 72 camp counselor positions. Five Americans applied and were hired, the remaining positions were filled with international staff.

Many of our campers require the specialized supports that are only available at an Easterseals camp. Accessible grounds and facilities, adapted equipment and trained staff allow participants to accomplish what they may never have thought was possible - like swimming, traversing a river or playing wheelchair tennis. Other programs provide less ambitious - but no less significant - activities that teach everyday living skills, such as planning an outing to a movie or museum.

Take Action Now: Tell Congress to maintain the J-I Camp Counselor program and the Summer Work Travel program.


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I am writing today to urge you to maintain the J-1 Camp Counselor program and the use of the Summer Work Travel program. Summer camp affords children and adults with disabilities the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and gain independence at the same time their families and caregivers are afforded an essential respite, allowing them to tend to other family matters.

Unfortunately, there are not enough American students and workers to fill our camp jobs. For example, this summer, Easterseals Iowa posted 72 camp counselor positions. Five Americans applied and were hired, the remaining 67 positions were filled with international staff. This camp would not be able to meet the needs of its community without these international workers.
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Many campers require the specialized supports that are only available at an Easterseals camp. Accessible grounds and facilities, adapted equipment and trained staff allow participants to accomplish what they may never have thought was possible - like swimming, traversing a river or playing wheelchair tennis. Parents gain the peace of mind that their child is treated with respect and care while having a great time. As one parent commented, "Without camp, we would not be able to go on vacation, we wouldn't be able to get away from the constant caregiving. We would always be stressed out. Respite is very important."

Please maintain the J-1 Camp Counselor program and the use of the Summer Work Travel program.

Thank you for considering our views.
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