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2015-2016 Scholarship Request Submission Details

posted Mar 19, 2016, 1:11 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated Mar 22, 2016, 1:30 PM ]

BUDDY SCHOLARSHIPS now available for the summer of 2016!

This year we will be re-imbursing individuals for partial payment for camps (as opposed to paying camps directly).

Do I qualify?

If you live in the Lake Norman area of North Carolina and are parenting a child with special needs who wishes to attend one of the camp/programs listed below, then you qualify. Scholarships are on a first come, first served basis until allocated funds run out.


If you are interested in receiving a Scholarship please follow these instructions:

  1. If you are not a member of our Exceptional Moms group, you must first JOIN HERE.
  2. Fill out the attached AiN Scholarship Submission Form.
  3. Pay the camp and request a receipt.
  4. Send BOTH the Scholarship Submission Form AND a copy of the camp receipt to:
    Angels in Need
    PO Box 368
    Davidson, NC 28036
  5. Once we receive your request, we will reimburse you for the partial amount listed below.


This year we are offering scholarships for the following camps in the following amounts:

iCan Bike (formerly Lose the Training Wheels)

Sponsored by: Autism Charlotte

Camp Cost: $200

$150 Partial Scholarship

Contact: Laura Cozart


Northern Adventures Summer Day Camp

Sponsored by: Mecklenburg County Park & Rec Therapeutic Recreation

Camp Cost: $100 per week

$75 Partial Scholarship per week 

Up to (2) weeks for a total of $150

See attached flyer for details.

2010-2011 Buddy Scholarships

posted Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated Nov 8, 2011, 6:45 AM ]

We are excited to announce that our buddies, The Buddy System of Davidson College, raised over $4,000 at the 2010 Buddy Benefit to be used once again to help send your children to summer camps!!!


We are most grateful to Billy Powers, Davidson College and all of the students involved for all of their hard work on behalf of exceptional children in our community. We would also like to thank the camps for working with us and honoring these scholarships.  


We have three different camps who have offered to honor our Buddy Scholarships this year. All scholarships are on a first come, first served basis. To claim one of these scholarships (one per family please), just email with your request.


Please DO NOT claim a scholarship unless you are SURE you will use it as this may prevent another child from benefiting from this opportunity :)



Lose the Training Wheels

Sponsored by Autism Foundation of the Carolinas

Camp Cost: $200

Scholarship Amount: $125

This camp is filling up fast!

If you are interested, we suggest that you contact them at ASAP!



Special Needs Programs

Cornelius PARC Department &

Huntersville Parks & Recreation Department

Camp Cost: $50 - $55 (depending on residency)

Scholarship Amount: $50 - $55

Offers a wide variety of camps and programs!



Sports and More Camp

Camp Cost: $500 for (3) 4-day weeks

Scholarship Amount: $125

New! this year

Headed up by Stacy Maloney,

Cabarrus County Adaptive PE Teacher

Stacy will be joining us for our coffee next month

to answer your questions. 



All of these camps are listed on EC Buzz for your convenience! 

All certificates on a first come, first served basis!!!
Please do NOT claim a certificate if you are not sure that you will use it, as that may keep another child from benefitting from this opportunity. If for some reason you are unable to attend a camp or class once your certificate is issued, please let us know.

Davidsonian Article

posted May 18, 2010, 3:42 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated May 18, 2010, 4:26 PM ]

Below is an aritcle our friend and comrade Billy Powers wrote for the Davidsonian in April for Autism Awareness Month.
Thank you Billy for helping to spread awareness and understanding of our most beautiful and unique children.
"Ours is a community surrounded by achievement. As I prepare to watch so many of my friends walk across the podium to accept their diplomas, I’m floored by their successes. Amongst a class of fewer than 500 students, the graduating seniors at Davidson include future corps members of Teach for America, investment bankers, non-profit workers, lawyers, doctors, politicians, and recipients of major scholarships to pursue any number of endeavors.
For the entire senior class, the next several weeks will be a victory lap, four years in the making. They’ll be filled with accolades, all of which are merited. And, while I am humbled by and proud of the senior class for their accomplishments, I’d like to devote the remainder of this column to achievements measured on a different scale.
Somewhere, today, a boy has spoken his first words. Another has finally mastered the daily routine of getting dressed without any help. Elsewhere, a family has been able to enjoy a meal at a public restaurant without a single incident having occurred. And somewhere else, a mother is rejoicing because her daughter has been invited to the movies with some of her friends for the first time.

To many, these would appear to be fairly routine events and not of any special significance. But to a family of a child with Autism, they are milestones worthy of celebration.

April is Autism Awareness month, and every community can benefit from an understanding of the obstacles that families of children with Autism face everyday. In addition, it is equally as important to point out the sky-high potential that individuals with Autism possess, and the joy they bring to the lives of those around them.

According to the Autism Society, Autism “is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees.” If the previous definition seems vague, it’s because there really is no consensus understanding of what exactly Autism is, let alone what causes it. What we do know is that roughly 1 in 110 children are born with it every year, and almost everyone is connected to someone with autism, directly or indirectly.

Parents of children diagnosed with Autism are quick to learn that their child’s life may take a different, though in no way lesser course than the one they had first expected. They’ll face developmental, physical, social, educational, and financial obstacles that typical peers more often than not won’t have to face. But confronting these barriers gives all those affected by Autism an invaluable perspective and a keen appreciation for everything the child overcomes. That being said, there’s no reason a family should have to face these challenges alone.

Communities such as ours are uniquely adept at embracing difference and can provide valuable support to families affected by Autism. We can do so by devoting a small portion of our time and money to supporting Autism research and support for families themselves. More importantly, we can make the effort to gain a greater understanding of Autism and it effects by reaching out directly to individuals with Autism, as well as their families. The benefits of doing so are totally reciprocal. Working with persons affected by Autism can help us to appreciate the things that are easily taken for granted and take great pride in watching someone on the spectrum break through the barriers they face and ultimately lead independent, successful lives.
So, as we round out April and move towards the semester’s finish line, remember that there are milestones of all sizes being passed, each of which is worthy of a celebration."

Buddy Certificates

posted May 18, 2010, 3:39 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated Apr 6, 2011, 1:15 PM ]

Below is a listing of certificates available from the funds raised at last November's Buddy Benefit at Davidson College.
We now have very limited quantities of certificates left. If you would like one please contact Jeni Cooper at
We are most grateful to Billy Powers, Davidson College and all of the students involved for all of their hard work on behalf of exceptional children in our community. We would also like to thank the Autism Foundation of the Carolinas, the Therapeutic Recreation Department, LKN YMCA and King Tiger for working with us to make these certificates available. We are so grateful to all involved for improving the lives of our children!  
Sponsored by Autism Foundation of the Carolinas
  • $100 certificate
  • pays 50% of the entire camp
  • camp to be held June 21-25, 2010
  • click here for eligibility information
  • redeemable upon acceptance into the camp
  • $50 certificate
  • pays approx. 50% of the class
  • redeemable upon class enrollment


  • $50 certificate
  • pays 100% of one camp for the summer of 2010
  • redeemable upon camp registration
  • registration now through PARC Town of Cornelius


New LKN YMCA Special Needs Summer Camp

  • $100 certificate
  • cost depends on membership
  • redeemable upon camp registration
  • $100 certificate
  • camp cost $200-$225 depending on date of registration
  • redeemable upon camp registration
Details on how to redeem your certificate will come upon issuance.
All certificates on a first come, first served basis!!!
Please do NOT claim a certificate if you are not sure that you will use it, as that may keep another child from benefitting from this opportunity. If for some reason you are unable to attend a camp or class once your certificate is issued, please let us know.

Spring 2010 Tae Kwon Do

posted May 18, 2010, 3:37 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated May 24, 2010, 2:25 PM ]

It was such a joy to see the children having so much fun at the recent Tae Kwon Do trial session! We have decided to move forward with an 8 week class on Saturdays which will begin after spring break. The class is for children who may need a little extra attention or a little more time to master a task... including children with SPD, ADD, ADHD, High Functioning Autism, Aspergers, PDD-NOS, etc.  
Where: King Tiger Tae Kwon Do, Huntersville
        16525 Birkdale Cmns Pky, Huntersville, NC 28078 
        (near Jason's Deli)
When: Saturdays April 17th - June 12th (with the exception of May 29th which is Memorial Day weekend).
        The 1st and last sessions (April 17th & June 12th) will be at 2:00 in the afternoon. All other sessions will be at 10:00 AM.
Cost: $99 ($50 Buddy Certificates are available)
We greatly appreciate King Tiger working with us to make this happen for these children. Contact you have any interest in joining us!
UPDATE: Instructor Hartle is willing to continue these classes through the summer if there are at least 4 kids who are interested. Please contact us at if you are interested.

Springfest 2010

posted May 18, 2010, 1:02 PM by jeni cooper   [ updated May 18, 2010, 1:05 PM ]

Springfest was big hit... loads of fun! We missed those of you who were not able to attend.
We want to thank Bethany Cheney for all of her time and effort in helping with this event and for providing the adorable bird houses the kids painted. And a big thanks to Cathy Henry for use of her bouncy house which was all the rage! And of course, thanks to all who attended... we are glad you did!

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