Sunday, June 7, 2015

Talisman Camp Programs

Autism Light #407 is Talisman Camp Programs.

Talisman Camp Programs are located at 64 Gap Creek Road in Zirconia, North Carolina. They offer camp programs for people affected by autism. Talisman Camp Programs are an Autism Light because of the difference their program has been making in the lives of young people with autism for the past 35 years.

Talisman Programs opened in 1980 and they offer summer camps for young people ages 8 to 22 who have learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD, Asperger's Syndrome, and high-functioning autism. They also offer a year-round boarding school. The camp is accredited by the American Camp Association.

The following is a promotional video about the difference Talisman Programs have made for autism families and individuals.

Vision: Talisman Camp is co-owned by Douglas Smathers, who is the Executive Director and Linda Tatsapaugh, who is the Operations Director. The Talisman Camp articulates their philosophy of camping this way:
At Talisman Programs for children with autism or ADHD, we believe that every child wants to do well, and that every child has unique strengths, struggles and outlooks on life. At our camp, these beliefs require a special outlook and special tools. In order to help all of our campers reach their potential, we must meet them as individuals, and not attempt to fit them into one mold. Therefore, we use a variety of tools to guide our campers as they strive to meet their objectives in socially appropriate and fulfilling ways (, Philosophy of Programs).
Social Media: You can follow Talisman Camp at the following social media areas.
Contact Talisman: To learn more about Talisman Programs visit their website at or call 828.697.6313. You can also email

Special thanks to Talisman Programs for being an Autism Light. They are an example of how programs in a camp setting can change the life of individuals with autism. We hope that camps like Talisman that are built for campers with autism will thrive and be common and accessible to more and more families around the world.

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