Founder and Director


Irv Segal, the late founder and director of The Guided Tour, Inc. was a pioneer in the development of social and recreation programs for special populations. From 1965 to 1975, he was the executive director of one of the nation's first social and recreation programs for adults with developmental challenges. In 1998 the mayor of Philadelphia, Ed Rendell, declared June 5th "Irv Segal Day" in the City of Brotherly Love. In 1999 Pennsylvania's Montgomery County Office for Mental Health/Mental Retardation presented Irv with the prestigious Betty Linker Award in recognition for his lifetime achievement serving persons with developmental challenges. During his life Irv also spoke throughout the world about developmental challenges, and was active in many local and national professional organizations.


Ari Segal joined his father full time at The Guided Tour in 1986. In 1990 Ari received his Masters in Social Work Administration. Together, Ari and Irv brought many wonderful ideas and innovations to The Guided Tour. Ari is also the director of Camp Lee Mar, a leading camp for children and teenagers with special needs. In 1998 Ari and his wife Abby welcomed Zachary into their family. Zachary, the oldest of Ari and Abby’s three children, has special needs and is a camper at Lee Mar (not yet old enough for The Guided Tour). Zachary has enhanced Ari’s first-hand knowledge as to what other parents of special needs children experience. Zachary has reinforced Ari’s mission of providing a growth-producing, memorable life experience for children and adults with special needs.