Finding safe, enriching, and affordable summer camp for typical children is often a challenge for parents. But for children with complex physical, behavioral, and intellectual needs, that search is even more difficult. At Franciscan Children’s in Brighton, several weeks of summer camps are offered so that children and families feel supported year round. “Just because a child can’t stand independently doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get to hit a baseball,” says Franciscan CEO John D. Nash. “We’re about focusing on possibilities, not the child’s limitations.”

By Suzanne Kreiter

A visually impaired camper and staff member parade around the grounds as part of a special Olympic-themed summer camp session “We have high expectations for the children we serve. We want them to do everything that’s possible for them,” says Bonnie Paulino, program director of the Kennedy Day School.

(Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)