iD Tech Camps

iD Tech Camps

More students enroll at iD Tech Camps than any other tech camp – making them the World’s #1 Tech Camp.

While iD Tech Camps is not specifically a special needs camp, their instructors are trained to handle special circumstances to a limited extent. They have found that if students are able to function without an aide at school, they generally do very well at camp. If your child does require an aide at school, you must ensure that an aide accompanies your child to camp.

Featuring an unparalleled lineup of 60+ prestigious university summer camp locations nationwide, including Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UCLA, Columbia, NYU, Northwestern, MIT, Brown, and many more. iD is on campus at some of the best colleges in the world.

Technology and fun are at the core of everything they do. Whether you are seven, eighteen, or somewhere in between, iD has a computer course for you. They offer a variety of computer classes in App Development, Gaming, Programming, Robotics, Film, Graphic & Web Design, and more.

They guarantee ridiculously small class sizes, with a maximum of 8 students per instructor. Their teaching philosophy is premised on personalization – your path, at your pace. It’s one piece of the iD difference.

They have had many special needs students attend their camps in the past and they typically do well in our program. However, if for some reason it is determined that camp is not a suitable or productive environment for your child, the total tuition for camp is non-refundable per our cancellation policy. They encourage you to call their Client Services Department with any questions at 1-888-709-TECH (8324), option 1.



Phone: (888) 709-8324 – option 1

Locations:  60+ locations / list of college campuses throughout the country  (local map)


Kids Music N’ Motion

Kids Music N MotionKids Music N’ Motion is an educational team inspiring children and adults to have fun learning music together. They offer Summer Music Camps for children ages 3-12, and they always love to have special needs children participate.

Your child will be introduced to singing, listening, rhythm, creative movement and dancing. A developmentally appropriate and enjoyable music program that will enhance your child’s awareness of music.  Eye hand coordination, laterality, spatial awareness, directionality and body awareness will be learned through creative movement and dancing.Furthermore, students will learn group participation and socialization in addition to individual musical activities.

Offering classes in 3 locations:  Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.


Contact:  Annette Gunderson

Phone: (310) 373-0280

Locations: Rancho Palos Verdes/San Pedro, Bellflower and Cypress.   (map)

Martin Luther King Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center

MLK Recreation CenterMartin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center is an inclusive recreation facility in South Los Angeles that offers a variety of programming for youth with and without disabilities.

Their focus is promoting healthy lifestyles through recreation; they empower families to develop healthy habits through fitness and exercise, nutrition, and life long learning. They provide support for busy families through our Afterschool Club, Homework Time, Camp and free LA Kids Classes. They invite the community to take advantage of all MLK Jr RC has to offer for both adults and youth; their primary goal is to improve the quality of life for our participants. Parks Make Life Better!

Website:  MLK Jr. Therapeutic Recreation Center


Phone: (213) 847-0878

Location:  3916 South Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90062 (map)


Pilgrim Pines Camp

Pilgrim PinesPilgrim Pines is a traditional residential summer camp that provides mainstreaming opportunities for the developmentally disabled. Affiliated with United Church of Christ.

Pilgrim Pines offers programs for kids of all ages (grades 1-12), as well as three programs specifically tailored to individuals with special needs.  Seedlings (ages 10-14) Pinecones (15-21) and Pinesters (adults 22 and up) are special needs campers that enjoy traditional camp activities in an beautiful and fun inclusion setting.

Website:   Pilgrim Pines Summer Camp


Phone: (909) 797-1821

Location:  39570 Glen Road  Yucaipa, CA 92399  (map)

Pride Learning Center

Pride Learning Center


Pride’s reading and writing program is based on Orton-Gillingham research and uses the multisensory elements of listening, seeing, touching, and moving.

Pride’s structured program follows a routine that begins with recognition of the letters, the sounds of the letters, and the sounds of letter combinations (phonemes).  They first build a strong foundation for each student, fill in reading gaps from the past, and then move forward, step-by-step through practice and repetition.

In addition to the one-on-one lessons with a certified Pride teacher, the students also utilize the latest advances in computer based reading technology to enhance learned concepts through a familiar multi-media interface. The Pride approach is unique in its ability to help students build lasting memories of learned concepts. Every child at Pride becomes an independent and confident reader!

With 5 locations throughout Southern California, pride offers year-long (including summer) programs for kids of all ages.



Phone:  (866) 774-3342

Locations: Redondo Beach, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, West Los Angeles, San Clemente  (map)

Pulsar Fit

Pulsar FitPulsar Fit caters to the specific recreational needs of individuals with disabilities. They have recently started Soccer Starz classes, and will soon be offering classes in dance, basketball, social interaction, softball, karate, fitness boot camp, swimming, social interaction, tumbling and sports skills.

Pulsar Fit is operated by experienced professionals that understand the value in physical activity. Their classes are designed to help students develop in all aspects of their physical, intellectual and general well=being.

Pulsar Fit students develop highter physical potential by developing the right skills at the right time for age-specific developmental windows.

Classes are run by experienced instructors who know how to adapt and accomodate to individuals with unique needs so that all their students learn, develop and become successful. All while being in a safe and productive environment.


Contact: Lis Mullins

Phone: (323) 687-2334

Location: South Gate Park., South Gate, CA. (map)

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Rose Bowl Aquatics CenterThe RBAC offers programs for special needs swimmers of all ages.

The Stingrays swim team is for kids with special needs, ages 6-17 years old. This program focuses on stroke development, endurance, strength and overall health, and provides opportunities for individual instruction and team building.  The program includes swimmers with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, motor planning problems, weight issues, lack of coordination and more, to develop their competitive swimming abilities, social and physical health.

The Stingrays host special events and competitions at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. They compete against two other special needs teams. The Stingrays also host social gatherings, including a summer barbecue, practice swim meets, fundraisers, and a holiday party.

The Mantarays swim team swim team is  for adults with special needs.  They focus on stroke development and strength training, and use this focus as a tool to build endurance, and for weight loss and weight management. Adults with special needs are at a higher risk for obesity and eating disorders. With proper training, nutrition workshops and the supporting social network of the team, they fight to combat this growing trend. The Mantarays also attend special events and competitions hosted by the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center and other social gatherings with the Stingrays including a summer barbecue and holiday party.

The Anderson Adventure Camp H2O  welcomes all children with special needs to this thrilling camp packed with art activities, sports games, field trips, swim lessons and more. With a ratio of 2 to 1 and a maximum of 10 per group, children  receive constant support and supervision from trained and experienced instructors. Parents may create their own schedule by picking the days they want. Camp is for the month of August only.

Website:  Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Contact: Alethea Crespo, Kandis Pulliam

Phone:  (626) 564-0330 x409, x419, x417

Location: 360 N Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103 (just south of the Rose Bowl)  (map)

Say N’ Play Camp

LA Speech and Language CenterThe Say N’ Play Summer Speech Camp, run by the Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, is an intense speech and language based program taught by licensed speech-language pathologists (SLPs).

Their innovative camp is thematically based and includes weekly field trips to exciting locations such as the Aquarium of the Pacific, Los Angeles Zoo and AdventurePlex. Additionally, select children receive individual or group pull-out speech therapy two times per week from our culturally diverse staff of SLPs.

Since it’s inception in the late ’90s, this fun-filled camp has gained in popularity, drawing staff and families from around the country.

 The staff to child ratio is 1:4 or 1:2, depending upon each child’s need, as determined by their team.  Support staff are college students from across the country, many of who return each year.  They also include very responsible high school volunteers  – the best and brightest from local private schools – whom they affectionately call “speech buddies”, who serve as “buddies” to the children while also stimulating speech and language in an unobtrusive manner.

Also included are behavior interventionist support staff who assist with our children who present behavior challenges.

Say N’ Play Camp hosts two sessions each summer, and space is limited as sessions fill up quickly.

Call for a free 30 min screening to determine you child’s needs and their appropriateness for the  camp.

Website:  Say N’ Play website

Contact: LA Speech & Language Therapy Center

Phone:  (310) 649-6199

Office: Los Angeles Speech & Language Therapy Center, Inc.  5761 Buckingham Parkway  Culver City, CA. 90230  (map)

Stars Athletics

Stars AthleticsSTARS Athletic Foundation offers programs for children – including gymnastics, dance, cheerleading and martial arts.  They can accommodate children with special needs.

STARS is one of the best equipped sports learning centers of its type in Southern California. They offer classes small enough to provide lots of individual attention to each student.   Located in a modern 15,300 square foot building on the southeast corner of Las Tunas and Mission in the City of San Gabriel, they are a non-profit center serving the Foothill/San Gabriel Valley area.


Contact:  Joanne Bockian 

Phone: (626) 292-7827

Location:  708 W. Las Tunas Dr.  San Gabriel, CA.  91776  (map)


Thousand Oaks Therapeutic Recreation Unit

Therapeutic Recreation UnitThe Therapeutic Recreation Unit in Thousand Oaks, CA. provides year-round recreation, sport and leisure programs for children, teens and adults who have difficulty participating in recreation due to the presence of a disability. Participants of Therapeutic Recreation programs include individuals with cognitive, neurological, physical, or emotional disabilities, and/or sensory impairments. A formal disability diagnosis is not required for participation.

They strive to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which your child can play and develop at his or her own pace. The provided activities are designed to capitalize upon campers’ existing interests while motivating and supporting engagement in new experiences, promoting new learning, and providing the opportunity to generalize prior learning.

Campers will have a choice of many activities and opportunities to express themselves and learn about the world. Activities such as: sports, sensory experiences, games, arts and crafts, cooking, music and movement, swimming, water play, therapeutic horseback riding, educational presentations and entertainment will be offered through the camp schedule. Older campers will be offered differentiated content and outing opportunities.

Both the design of the camp setting and pre-camp staff training provide for the use of sensory regulation strategies, visual supports, positive behavioral support, and encouragement of emerging communication and social skills. The camp also supports communication between parents, camp staff, and campers, through the pre-camp questionnaire, the use of daily communication logs, and the encouragement of daily informal discussion between parents and camp staff.

Website:  Therapeutic Recreation Unit

Contact: Cecilia Laufenberg, RTC or Devon Herbert, RTC

Phone:  (805) 381-2739

Location: Old Meadows Center, 1600 Marview Drive  Thousand Oaks, CA.  91362   (map)