Frequently Asked Questions
How do I view the booklets for Summer Camps & Programs?
To view the booklets, click on one or both of the following links:
Where do I find the application forms for Summer Camps & Programs?
Click on "Apply" in the top navigation bar - this will take you to the Applications page - scroll down to the bottom, where you will see buttons for the three application forms.
How do I get help in Spanish/en Español?
For application support, please contact us at 512-982-1646.
For help in Spanish, please call us through Hola VRS 866-710-4652 (Spanish / American Sign Language trilingual video relay service) and provide the SOC at TSD phone number, 512-410-1174.
Are Summer Camps and Programs for TSD students only?
All deaf and hard of hearing school-aged Texans from every corner of Texas are welcome.
What do the camp/program icons mean?
Indicates camps or programs with shortened hours, which require daily drop-off and pick-up. Overnight lodging is the responsibility of the family. Contact us for the list of recommended hotels.
Indicates camps or programs which require daily drop-off and pick-up. Overnight lodging is the responsibility of the family. Contact us for the list of recommended hotels.
Indicates camps or programs which require all campers the entire duration of the camp or program.
How do I request a refund?
For cancellation requests, in order to receive a full refund, parents/guardians must submit their request to the SOC Summer Programs Team no later than May 15, 2023.
Which camp/program should my child sign up for?
Children between the ages of 3-5 at the time of Summer Programs application can enroll in the Tiny Tots program. Elementary and Middle School camps and programs are based on the child’s most recent grade level. For example, if the child was last enrolled in 5th grade, the child would enroll in Grades 3-5 summer camps. Any child age 14 or over, regardless of what grade they have recently completed, would enroll in our summer programs rather than a 6th-8th grade camp, even if they have recently completed 8th grade.
What is Pre-ETS and how is it connected to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)?
Pre-Employment Transition Skills (Pre-ETS) is a service supported by VR for disabled students ages 14 - 22, whereby they receive core services to elp prepare for post-secondary education and employment opportunities, e.g., training in self-advocacy and social skills, work-based learning experiences, and more. The purpose of VR is to provide services to disabled individuals to prepare for and engage in employment. Children who are currently attending school might qualify for VR services with the Texas Workforce Commission.
That sounds amazing. Now, how do I sign up my child for Pre-ETS and VR services?
Contact your nearest Texas Workforce Solutions -- Vocational Rehabilitation Services office, or call 512-935-6400.
My child receives additional support services during the school year. Can the same kind and level of support be provided during summer camps? If so, how?
Such support may include but is not limited to: one on one services, small ratios of students to staff, and increased supervision. By sharing such information with the SOC Summer Programs Team, this would allow for collaboration and dialogue to further discuss how your child can have a positive camp experience. For instance, if your child’s most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) documents one-on-one support staff under “Supplemental Aids and Services” - the support staff would be able to attend camp with your child. Please have your child’s school district contact the SOC Summer Programs Team to start the process.
I would like to volunteer for 2023 Summer Programs.
Volunteers are welcome to Family Weekend Retreat or Communication Skills Workshop. There is limited availability; spots will be granted on a first come, first serve basis if qualifications and requirements are met. To learn more about volunteering for FWR, read FWR Volunteer. To learn more about volunteering at CSW, read CSW Volunteer.