Camp will provide an opportunity for youth with Usher syndrome (ages 12-17) to engage with peers and mentors with Usher syndrome, learn about available resources, acquire strategies to resolve challenges, and foster connections that will last a lifetime. Eligible campers, ages 15-17, may be selected for Mentor in Training opportunities.
Interest forms will be available soon, stay tuned for more.
Young adults with Usher syndrome (ages 18-24) who are interested in being a mentor to our youth campers and discovering more about themselves in the process may apply. Counselors will embark on this journey with their peers and be a role model to campers. Experience preferred, but not required.
Meals, lodging, and activities for all attendees are sponsored through the generosity of Ava’s Voice donors and investors. USHthisUK camp costs are covered by Deafblind UK in partnership with Usher Kids UK. There is a nominal registration fee for campers. Camp merchandise, known as USHgear, and supplies are included.
Registration fee applies once campers are accepted.
Travel costs to and from camp are the responsibility of the camper and mentor. We encourage you to reach out to local organizations and agencies that may be able to alleviate some of these costs. Information about travel sponsorships and stipends available through the organization will be shared during the registration process.
Are you ready to get inspired? Join our team as a volunteer, disconnect from the world and get ready to be immersed in an experience of a lifetime. We are always looking for volunteers and professionals looking to expand their knowledge and experience with the deafblind community. All accepted applicants will be required to go through our official application process and background check.
*Volunteers will arrive one day prior to campers.
USHthis is the main initiative of Ava’s Voice Inc. Ava’s Voice was established in 2015 by Ava’s mom, Carly Fredericks, and her family. Once Carly saw, first-hand, the connections Ava made when provided the opportunity to connect with her peers, she couldn’t help but think about all children living with Usher syndrome. In the summer of 2018, Ava and USH brothers Ethan and Gavin Morrobel, attended a local event on the Jersey shore. After riding the waves all day, Gavin continued to show off his skills, ending the day with a standing backflip on the lawn. Carly screamed in excitement, “USH THAT”! Gavin responded in confidence, “USH THIS” and so the name it became. USHthis, an Usher friendly place, to dream it. believe it. crUSH it.