Our Works

CAMP INSPIRATION
  

  
With a national divorce rate of 87% among families who have children with disabilities, ODTN provides a weekend retreat for two-parent families, providing each couple the opportunity to refocus on their marriage, receive guidance for rebuilding fragile relationships, and receive encouragement for strengthening their commitment to one another.  The camp is held at Fort Bluff camp in Dayton, TN.  Trained volunteers are partnered as personal buddies for the children from each family to assist them in planned activities.  Following the retreat, 12 monthly activities are planned and hosted by area churches to keep the families in contact with one another to build community.  The retreat is provided 2-3 times a year with new participants each retreat.
  

MISS SHINING STAR

  
All girls age four and up are invited to participate in the Miss Shining Star pageant for those with special needs.  This pageant provides an opportunity for girls to have their moment on stage and, if desired, participate in the talent competition.  The first year had 23 participants, which grew to almost 60 by the second year.  Because of its popularity, this pageant is now host at Embassy suites in Knoxville, TN.

  

ODTN HOME SCHOOLE GROUP

  
ODTN is proud to sponsor a homeschool group for those with disabilities and their sibling.  In addition to the usual school work, this group provides exciting and fun outings, field trips and adventures to those in the group. 

  
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL CAMP FOR KIDS DIAGNOSED WITH AUTISM
  

A weekend-long camp is provided each summer for those in middle and high school who have been diagnosed with Autism.  Participants enjoy a day of crafts, swimming, archery, games and a variety of other activities designed specifically to meet their needs. 
A DATE WITH JAKE

ODTN has their own service dog named Jake who loves to visit with children, providing unconditional love and comfort to children who need an extra hand (paw) while visiting the doctor, dentist or other “scary” appointment.  Jake also loves to make an appearance at events for special needs children.  Always accompanied by his trainer, Jake is available for speaking engagements at churches and civic organizations, and will also spend time with families contemplating the possibility of getting a service dog. 

  
  
CANOE FEST

A day on the water is provided for those with disabilities and their families each year.  Held at Clark Center Park on Melton Lake in Oak Ridge, participants have the opportunity to canoe, swim and enjoy an outdoor cookout.
  
  
ZOO CAMP

Knoxville Zoo opens its doors each summer for a week-long day camp for special needs individuals.  Participants get the opportunity to get a close-up look at different animals not normally seen by the public, as well as hear from zoo keepers and participate in various activities.  (Knoxville Zoo charges a fee for participating)
  

Parties-Valentines & Spring Fling 

Annual Christmas party