In the summer of 2020, the Rising Above Disabilities (RAD) Camp found itself in a tough spot. Like many summer camps, this volunteer-run, non-profit organization dedicated to helping children and adults with developmental disabilities was shut down due to the COVID pandemic. But unlike other groups, co-founders Meghan Clem and Katie Webb-Brundige recognized an opportunity. They quickly and successfully transitioned to a virtual camp model that provided engaging, entertaining content to kids and adults with special needs.
Now the organization is taking things to the next level by offering RAD Club, their online monthly subscription service, free to anyone who wants to join.
“We are so excited to be able to offer RAD Club for free,” Webb-Brundige tells Parentology. “No-cost support means we’re able to touch even more people in the special needs community and grow the RAD family even further.”
That’s right — free! Not strings, no trickery.
“We know that people need a place to be RAD now more than ever and this is our way of giving back in such challenging times,” Webb-Brundige says. “We found a silver lining to the pandemic — a huge opportunity and need to provide engaging, entertaining, and recreational online content all year round for kids and adults with special needs, free of charge.”
What Is RAD Club?
RAD Club takes all the fun and sense of community from RAD Camp and brings it straight to those who need it most, year round. Members not only receive access to weekly activities delivered directly to their homes via the internet, but also the ready-made virtual community of other RAD Club members.
Membership grants adults and children with developmental disabilities and their caregivers access to:
- Live Zoom events like dance parties and music trivia
- Engaging activity videos with detailed visual instructions
- Monthly RAD virtual community gatherings with other Club Members
- Regular email communications that provide a dynamic schedule of events and downloadable/archived content
- Plus, dedicated resources for Club Member caregivers
RAD Club’s curriculum has been curated and vetted with the help of two teachers who both have master’s degrees in special education. The activities and projects are highly adaptable and something that a child or adult with special needs can easily enjoy, and that anyone without a disability can participate in as well.
“We offer tons of different subject matters each month, including science, art, drama, games, journaling, and more,” Webb-Brundige told Parentology. “Additionally, we have our group and family-oriented events for our club members to enjoy like talent shows, movie nights, and karaoke. Most importantly, we offer a community where people can come together.”
Radder Than Ever
RAD Club is all online, accessible 24/7, and available on any smart device with WIFI access. Anyone can join the RAD family all year long from any location.
Since founding RAD’s summer camp program in 2014, the organization has offered highly-specialized, fun, and engaging programs and activities for adults and children with special needs, and a much-deserved respite for their families and caregivers. Now, with the development of RAD Club and the transition to a no-cost model, they can bring their message of inclusion and empowerment to a much wider community.
“Ultimately, our main goal is to continue to grow and provide to more families than ever before,” Webb-Brundige says. “With our addition of this virtual and free platform, we’re eager to let people everywhere know they can Rise Above Disabilities and create a life that’s inclusive to all people with all abilities.”
If you or someone you love would like to join RAD Club, you can register for membership here.