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What is the Association of Horizon, Inc…

The Association of Horizon is an organization with hundreds of volunteers, that provides opportunities for adults with and without physical disabilities to socialize, interact and learn from one another. Although Horizon has existed for many years, the current organization was formed in 1991 in response to a cut in funding that kept adults with disabilities from attending the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp. Horizon has since successfully produced Summer Camp Programs for adults with a wide range of physical disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.

Over the years, as the organization has grown, so have the programs Horizon offers. Monthly planned outings are growing in popularity and include events like Fall Weekend Camp, the Chicago Wolves hockey game and Shop with a Friend. Horizon funds its activities primarily through fundraising events, private donations and grants. A few of our successful fundraising events have included: The Golf Outing, a Spaghetti Dinner, and Bowl for Horizon, and local restaurant fundraisers.

Horizon is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. The Board oversees the direction of Horizon and is in charge of all business related to the organization. The board works in conjunction with several committees.

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History

Although the Association of Horizon, Inc. has existed for many years, the current organization was formed in 1991 in response to a cut in funding that kept adults with disabilities from attending the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camp.  Several volunteers and disabled adults who were friends at this camp, decided to get together and continue this annual tradition.  There were 25 friends who had less than 9 months to organize and raise funding to hold the 1st Horizon Summer Camp.  The original founders came from a variety of backgrounds, with different affiliations but they all had one thing in common, the desire and determination to hold camp for adults with Muscular Dystrophy.

By working together there was nothing going to stop the tradition.  This group raised money however they could by asking friends, family, coworkers to donate.  They even held a birthday party to raise money, they tried just about everything.  After several months of dedication and hard work in June of 1992, Horizon Summer Camp was started.

The first camp was a little smaller but the adults with Muscular Dystrophy were grateful to be able to attend summer camp.   Often times, this was the only vacation for the individuals.  This week long excursion is also an excellent opportunity to give the individuals caregivers a necessary and well deserved break.  Horizon has since grown and successfully produced yearly Summer Camp Programs for adults with a wide range of physical disabilities including Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.


(Participants who have been part of 20 summer camps)

Mission and Vision

Our Mission

An organization of people with and without physical disabilities that provides opportunities for individuals to challenge themselves, develop responsibility and grow through interacting and working together.

Our Vision

A community where barriers between people with and without physical disabilities are transcended, limitations are overcome, new abilities are discovered and an increased awareness of self and others is developed.

Camp Testimonials

What others say about Association of Horizon, Inc…

Horizon Camp is like no other organization’s camp… there truly are no barriers. From camper to volunteer, everyone is treated equally. Friendships have been made at camp that last a lifetime. There is no other camp family that can hold a candle to the Horizon Camp family…an amazing group of people who put on an amazing camp experience!
– Kathy Colunto, Camper
A place I always go home from with much more than I can ever bring. – Thomas Musillami, Volunteer
You know that awkward moment when people do not know how to interact with someone with a disability? That disappears at Horizon Camp. People see themselves as what they have in common, not their differences. – Chris Gieck, Volunteer
Having a physical disability has never meant that achievements can’t be grabbed. Camp: Means dreams are developed; and possibilities are endless! – Shawnna Lynn Mitchell, Camper
Horizon Camp is a place where, once a year, people with disabilities can go and relax and have fun! For six days, your disability fades and you’re judged not by your physical limitations, but for who you are as a person. And believe me, that’s a refreshing change from everyday life! Camp is a magical place where lifelong friends are formed, spirits are restored, and fun is the number one objective! So, if you want to meet the most amazing group of people ever and become a little more amazing yourself, Horizon Camp is the place to be!
– Mona Nyman, Camper
You learn that when a group of people come together for a common cause, race, sex, religion… none of these matter. The heart takes over and complete strangers can make amazing things happen.
– Dan Persak, Volunteer
I’ve learned to recognize the appreciation for all of the volunteers & attendants that give of themselves to come to camp to help us out and help us have tons of fun. Campers are able to bond with one another, not be afraid since we are all basically in similar situation.
– Alec Edwards, Camper

Read an article written about Mark Schreiner’s volunteer experience.

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Contact us

Association of Horizon, Inc.
3712 North Broadway # 335
Chicago, IL 60613
Phone: (773) 477-5170
E-mail: horizon@associationofhorizon.org


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