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.