OYO Camp is an exciting collaboration involving members of Ohio’s Deaf community, Advocates for Kids of Columbus (advocatesforkids.org), The Nuhop Center of Perrysville (nuhop.org), Deaf Services Center of Columbus (dsc.org), Ohio Association of the Deaf based out of Cleveland (oad-deaf.org), and 9 Centers throughout Ohio that serve Deaf/HH kids: Akron (greenleafctr.org), Canton (triadds.org), Cincinnati (hearingspeechdeaf.org), Cleveland (chsc.org), Dayton (dcrcohio.org), Mansfield (catalystlifeservices.org), Portsmouth (dsc.org), Toledo (dsc.org) and Youngstown (easterseals.com/mtc).
To provide an overnight camp without communication barriers that empowers each kid with a hearing loss to realize their full potential through the celebration of their individual identity!
We envision the creation of an inclusive, educational, fun, barrier-free environment where kids with a hearing loss recognize their full potential through the development of communication skills, leadership potential, self-actualization and empowerment.
- Physical and emotional safety is our highest priority
- All children with hearing loss are equally encouraged to participate
- Experiential education cultivates important life skills: communication, cooperation, leadership and understanding
- Communication accessibility is provided in a manner that matches each child’s preferred mode of communication
- The values and rules of each camper’s culture are to be respected
- We respect individuality: Every person is gifted with unique learning and communication styles, talents, aspirations, strengths, weaknesses and culture. All of these characteristics must be recognized and respected
- Self-awareness arises from emotional understanding, self-confidence and self-worth
- Teamwork and multiple approaches effectively solve problems and promote self-actualization
- The program for kids with hearing loss at Camp Nuhop generates a sense of belonging, understanding, trust and pride