Camp will provide an opportunity for youth with Usher syndrome (ages 11-17) to engage with peers, peer counselors and adults with Usher syndrome, learn about available resources, acquire strategies to resolve challenges and foster connections that will last a lifetime. Campers, ages 15-17, may be selected for Counselor in Training opportunities.
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. UK camp costs are covered by Deafblind UK in partnership with Usher Kids UK. There is a nominal registration fee for campers. Camp attire and supplies are included.
Registration fee applies once campers are accepted.
Travel costs to and from camp are the responsibility of the camper, counselor and mentors. We encourage you to reach out to local organizations and agencies that may be able to alleviate some of these costs. If interested, we will connect you to one of our Ava’s Voice Team Members to learn how to apply. Limited travel scholarships are available through the Gilson Family Foundation once all other resources are exhausted.
Scholarships are available through the Gilson Family Foundation for families experiencing financial difficulties, please don’t hesitate to indicate any hardships on your application.
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 connection Ava had 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 the other Ava’s Voice Ambassadors, 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.