2013 CHASA Family Retreat – For Families of Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Hemiplegia

Ready to Party?

Are you ready to party with some fun and crazy families of kids, teens, and adults who have hemiplegia? Join over 200 people who “get it” for 4+ days of fun and relaxation.

Research shows that knowing peers who are like you is very important for the psycho-social development of children, especially for children with disabilities and their siblings. Each year, the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA) hosts a family retreat where families can socialize, share ideas, and have FUN! Parents, kids with hemiplegia, their siblings, and sometimes a few aunts, uncles, cousins or grandparents attend and make this truly a family event. We have an equal number of kids in all age groups – from about 1 year old up to 30 years old!  You can be assured that you and your child will find a buddy. If you’re an adult with hemiplegia, you’ll enjoy getting to know others who may have shared similar experiences.


Sunday, July 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm  to Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Location & Hotel

Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa in Florence, AL.  Group rate: $115 per night
Reservation code is available in the 2013 CHASA Family Retreat Interest Group on Facebook. See “Interested in Attending the Retreat?” section below.
Hotel contract for event states that attendees must stay at hotel and book these 3 nights:  (7/14, 7/15, 7/16, checkout on 7/17/2013).
Additional hotel nights may be available at group rate before and after the retreat.
Some families arrive on Saturday and enjoy time together before the official retreat begins.

Registration Fee

Ages 17 and up:$100

Ages 11-16: $75

Ages 4-10: $ 60

Under age 3: $20

Registration fee includes three group meals at hotel.

Sample Agenda (Subject to change)

Sunday – Registration, Meet and Greet, Teen/Young Adult Service Project, Group Photo, Dinner with group at hotel, Group activity

Monday – Speed Meeting, Age Group Discussions and Play Groups, Family activities, Teen/Young Adult Activities, Lunch and Topic Discussions with group at hotel, Ice Cream Social at the park

Tuesday -Teen/Young Adult Panel and Demonstrations,  Lunch and Topic Discussions with group at hotel, Karaoke/Dance

Wednesday – Professional Researcher and Pilot Study (subject to change), Discussion Groups, Hotel Check Out at noon, some families stay additional nights


Childcare is not available at the retreat. All activities will include parents and children. Families are encouraged to bring another adult to the retreat to help with their childcare if needed. Please do not ask teens and young adults who are attending the retreat and not traveling with your family to babysit. They will hate to say “no” and they’ll miss out on activities for their age group.


A limited number of scholarships will be available to help with cost of registration and hotel room. Scholarships are not available for travel expenses. Scholarship applications are available in the CHASA Family Retreat Facebook Group. Fill out the form below to access the facebook group.

Interested in Attending the Retreat?

Fill out the 2013 CHASA Family Retreat Interest Form. After you submit the form, you’ll be asked to friend Chasa HemiKids on Facebook and to join the 2013 CHASA Family Retreat Interest Group.  Deadlines, Registration Information, Hotel Resevation Codes, Scholarship Applications, and more will be announced in the 2013 CHASA Family Retreat Interest Facebook Group. There will not be a yahoo group this year.



Marriott Shoals Hotel & Spa

Past Retreats

Video of 2010 CHASA Family Retreat – By Volunteer Jennifer Haley

Other Retreat videos


Huntsville, Alabama – HSV

Birmingham, Alabama – BHM

Nashville – BNA 

Memphis – MEM

Northwest Alabama Regional Airport – MSL