SJU’s Kinney Center to Provide Unique Summer Experience

Camp brings together kids with autism and their “neurotypical” peers

Thursday, June 23, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (June 23, 2016) —Saint Joseph’s University’s Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support will host Camp Kinney for the seventh consecutive year, providing young kids and teens on the autism spectrum the opportunity to learn and grow socially by engaging with their “neurotypical” peers.

Beginning Monday, June 27, participants, ages three through 14, will engage in swimming, arts and crafts, exercise and other recreational activities for five weeks on the SJU campus. Older campers, ages 15 to 25, to serve in an auxiliary camper role, focused on transitional goals and independence. A total of 100 campers have signed up and will be supported by 130 trained SJU student camp counselors.

“Camp is among our most popular and effective program offerings,” says Ryan Hammond ’13 (MBA), executive director of the Kinney Center. “About 75 percent of our campers are also enrolled in other programs we offer throughout the year. For those on the spectrum, there are rich sensory experiences and ample opportunities to sharpen social skills. For our neurotypical participants, there are critical lessons in compassion and mentorship.”

Program highlights this year will include visits from the Philadelphia Zoo on Wheels, the Franklin Institute’s Traveling Science Show, and karate and yoga lessons, as well as service animals and the Phillie Phanatic. Camp will close with a live talent show on Thursday, July 28 at 1 p.m. in the Cardinal John P. Foley Campus Center.

In addition to summer camp, the Kinney Center offers after-school and evening social skills programs for children and adolescents, a sports program, an academic minor for SJU students, life and social skills programming for adults with ASD, sibling support and more.

For additional information, contact the Kinney Center at 610-660-2170 or

Media Contact

Kelly Welsh, Senior Director of University Communications, 610-660-1385,


As Philadelphia's Jesuit, Catholic University, founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University provides a rigorous, student-centered education rooted in the liberal arts. SJU ranks as a top university in the Northeast, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the College of Arts and Sciences and AACSB accreditation of the  Erivan K. Haub School of Business. The University is also deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of scholarship and service, earning a place on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and the community engagement classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. With courses offered on campus and online, SJU prepares its more than 8,000 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students to lead lives of personal excellence, professional success and engaged citizenship.


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