What We Do

ESP was founded in 1986 in Watkinsville, Georgia to create a community of support for individuals of all abilities. Our founder, Martha Wyllie, noticed an unequal amount of opportunities being presented to children with disabilities and decided she would be the change she wanted to see, beginning ESP as one week of summer camp for only 21 participants. Since our humble beginning, we have grown to now serve over 500 participants from over 30 counties in Georgia through 8 weeks of summer camp, annual after school enrichment programs, and ongoing family support.

Now, ESP empowers families of all abilities with three opportunities:

360, empowered by ESP, sparks connection through wrap-around programs to enrich the lives of people of all abilities and their families.

Java Joy, empowered by ESP, spreads unmatched joy through moments of engagement with people of all abilities.

Hooray, empowered by ESP, welcomes people of all abilities and their families to a place of belonging where they experience boundless adventure.

Ready to get your family involved in programs?

360 is ESP's year-round recreation and family programs. This includes daily afternoon enrichment in the Fall and Spring, inclusive sports programs through the ESP Miracle League, 8 weeks of summer camp in June and July, and ongoing family support through monthly dinners, family events, counseling, and more.

360 is open to participants of all ages and abilities, and all families regardless of their finances. 360 aims to create an inclusive community of quality recreation and support for each person to thrive.

Java Joy began as a summer camp coffee service called the Bouncin' Bean and has grown to become Java Joy. Java Joy is a mobile coffee cart enterprise that employs adults of all abilities allowing them to serve coffee and our unmatched joy within community business walls. 

In 2016, Java Joy started serving throughout the Athens community after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Now, Java Joy has begun spreading and will one day be the largest employer of adults with disabilities.

Hooray will be the first-ever universally accessible space built from the ground up. It will be a space for overnight camps, respite weekends, and play for the whole community. It will be a place created for children of every ability to access every part of the property and participate in every activity.

Hooray lies on 70 acres of wooded property in Jefferson, Georgia. It will one day be a space of community and fun for families of all abilities throughout the state. 

Through these opportunities for our families of all abilities,
ESP is making an impact year-round!