In 1991, a group of individuals realized the lack of recreational and social/emotional opportunities for adults with disabilities and sought to meet this need. Thus Association of Horizon was born. Recognizing that adults with disabilities are often burdened with numerous expenses for medical treatment, medications, therapies, and equipment, the volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds to ensure that every camper is able to attend free of charge.
One year later, Horizon launched its very first camp with 65 campers. During the seven-day camp, adults with disabilities came together to safely participate in physical and recreational activities which were adapted to meet each camper’s individual needs. With a medical team and a trained volunteer for each participant, the weeklong camp meant that primary caregivers were able to rest and recharge, knowing that the adult they care for throughout the year was well cared for at summer camp. Additionally, camp gave adults with disabilities the rare opportunity to come together to socialize and forge meaningful friendships that have lasted a lifetime.
Today, more than 25 years since its first camp, Horizon continues to improve the quality of life for adults with disabilities through the successful program model it has developed and refined which addresses the physical, social, and emotional needs of adults with disabilities. With more than 100 adults with disabilities attending summer camp, the Easter Seals facility in Hudson, Illinois operates at full capacity.
Through summer camp and other events throughout the year, Horizon seeks to serve as many under served adults with disabilities as possible for many years to come.
Association of Horizon is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Association of Horizon Tax ID number is: 36-3814090.