WINTHROP — Camp Sign-A-Watha, a five-day overnight camp program for deaf adults with mental retardation, re-opens this summer after six years of being closed.
The camp provides Maine’s deaf and developmentally disabled adults a program that emphasizes communication and language enrichment, peer-to-peer support, learning and independence, since communication is fundamental to achieving independence and success as a functioning member of one’s community.
First established in 1993, the camp worked to combat the linguistic isolation facing Maine’s deaf adults with developmental disabilities and autism. In 2003, facing a statewide financial crisis, funding for the budget was cut, suspending Camp Sign-A-Watha.
The camp re-opens this year in a new location at Camp Cobbossee on Lake Cobbosseecontee, with the financial support of Lutheran Social Services. The camp can accommodate nearly 40 campers.
For more information about attending, contact Bruce Munro-Ludders at Lutheran Social Services of New England in Westbrook, [email protected], 591-6714 VP, 591-4134 TTY, 797-3935 voice, 797-8149 fax.


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