AHEAD With Horses

Ahead With Horses

AHEAD WITH HORSES has an over 45-year history of providing unique, highly motivating and effective therapy, education and recreation through horses and related experiences to disabled, disadvantaged, at-risk and special-needs children and has earned recognition educationally, medically and scientifically.  Through vaulting (gymnastics on a moving horse), even severely disabled children learn and achieve with the goal of enabling them to lead more independent and productive lives.

Two unique aspects of equine therapy offered at AWH are the immediacy or response and visibility of its effectiveness across various areas.

PHYSICALLY: AWH takes children with disabilities through a complex series of movements while the horse rhythmically moves the body in a manner similar to the human gait. This improves the children’s posture, balance and muscle control.

MENTALLY: AWH increases concentration, improves sequential thoughts and helps children learn to speak and develop spatial awareness.

EMOTIONALLY: AWH provides the opportunity for children to bond with the horse, instructors and volunteers, building confidence and trust. Contact with the horse and vaulting provides a non-competitive setting for learning where the children develop self-discipline and improve concentration. Most importantly, the sheer sense of joy raises their spirits and brings smiles to their faces

SOCIALLY: AWH nurtures a positive self-image. For the first time in their lives, children with sever disabilities often experience a sense of independence.

AWH serves children throughout the Los Angeles area. These are disabilities including—but not limited to:

  • Autism/Autism Spectrum
  • Down syndrome
  • Cognitive Disabilities
  • Developmental Delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Congenital Disabilities
  • Chromosome Disorders
  • Paraplegia
  • Quadriplegia
  • Deaf
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Speech Disabilities
  • Blind/Visual Disabilities
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • and many more!

Website:  www.aheadwithhorsesla.org


Phone: (818) 767-6373

Location: 10157 Johanna Avenue  Shadow Hills, CA 91040   (map)

Almansor Center

Almansor CenterOver the last 30 years, the Almansor Center’s mission has been to empower individuals to take charge of their own learning process and become competent, caring and contributing members of society.

Almansor’s 225 professional and support staff work collaboratively to offer a full-range of services in five program areas: Special Education Day School, Mental Health Services on 40 public and private school campuses, Early Education programs, Transition and Adult Services, and Community Outreach Services to 94 Head Start sites and the Juvenile Justice System.

Website:  www.redesignlearning.org

Contact:  www.redesignlearning.org/ContactUs

Phone:   (323) 341-5580

Administrative Office: 625 Fair Oaks Ave #200  South Pasadena, CA 91030  (map)


ARCARC (Activities, Recreation and Care) is an adult day program that focuses on recreational, academic, arts and independent living skills for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Services include adult educational, educational classes, adaptive living service, respite care, a hand bell & chime choir, adult education, and Saturday recreational camp.

SATURDAY CAMP: Each Saturday, for 5 to 7 hours, ARC Saturday Camp provides therapeutic recreation and socialization, swimming, basketball teams, softball teams, special field trips, dancing, Special Olympics training, arts and crafts, music and more. Clients learn how to get along with others and how to make good use of their leisure time.

Website:  ARC – Activities, Recreation and Care

Contact: Jane Sarture, Director  info@arcandadults.org

Phone:  818-762-4365

Location: 6456 Whitsett Ave.  North Hollywood, CA 91606  (map)

Armory Center for the Arts

Armory Center for the Arts

The Armory is a Community arts center, located near Old Town Pasadena, offers innovative approaches to creating and presenting visual arts to students of all ages and abilities.

The Armory’s education and exhibition programs have encouraged children and adults to experience, understand and appreciate contemporary art by actively being involved in the creative process of art making.

Special summer programs are available.

Website:  www.armoryarts.org

Contact:   information@armoryarts.org

Phone: (626) 792.5101

Address: 145 North Raymond Avenue  Pasadena, California 91103  (map)

AYSO VIP Soccer Camps

AYSO VIP SoccerAYSO has a Very Important Player (VIP) Program that is for players with mental or physical disabilities.

With more than 40 years of experience, AYSO brings a “kids first” philosophy to soccer camps, creating a camp experience unlike any other.

The AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.

VIP teams may include:

  • Blind or visually impaired
  • Amputees or with conditions that impair mobility
  • Mentally or emotionally challenged
  • Autistic
  • Down syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy

Website:  AYSO VIP Program


Phone:  (800) 872-2976