Karate For All

Karate For AllKarate For All is a Community Occupational Therapy based Martial Arts Program in Orange County, developed specifically for children and adults with special needs. Using Occupational Therapy knowledge and skills, KFA combines the discipline of martial arts to achieve motor, cognitive, social and processing goals.



Each class is instructed by Pediatric Occupational Therapists that hold Black Belt Degrees in:

    Shōtōkan Karate

    Shitō-Ryū Karate

    Tae Kwon Do

    Jujitsu

Website:  http://www.karateforall.org

Contact: Wayne Centra karateforallbusiness@gmail.com

Phone:  714-731-4668

Location: 3002 Dow Ave. #114  Tustin, CA 92780
27341 Trabuco Circle  Mission Viejo, CA 92692

 

Whispering Winds – Special Needs Family Camp

Whispering Winds Special Needs Family CampWhispering Winds believes that special kids and their families deserve a special weekend!  So, our Special Needs Family Camp brings families, which include a child with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities, together for a retreat of respite, support and fun on the mountain celebrating each other as God’s special gifts.

Special Needs Family Camp provides a weekend of dynamic, tailored programs for special needs children of all ages to enjoy in the accompaniment of their very own specially trained 1:1 aide. Additionally, their typical siblings get to enjoy supervised age/ability-appropriate, parallel camp programming while parents have the opportunity to participate in practical seminars and spend quality time together as well as with each of their kids.

This transformative weekend is being held Friday, July 18 – Sunday, July 20, 2014 and applications and financial assistance forms are available on the website (www.whisperingwinds.org)

Website:  Whispering Winds

Contact: Stephanie Kiesel stephanie@whisperingwinds.org

Phone:  (619) 464.1479

Office: 8186 Commercial Street  La Mesa, CA 91942

Camp Location: 17606 Harrison Park Road Julian, CA 92036

  (map)

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

Contactaheadwithhorses@yahoo.com

Phone: (818) 767-6373

Location: 10157 Johanna Avenue  Shadow Hills, CA 91040   (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

Contactvip@ayso.org

Phone:  (800) 872-2976

Camp Bloomfield

blind camp

Junior Blind’s Camp Bloomfield in Los Angeles, offers a natural and safe environment to children and youth who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled   develop self-esteem.  Camp Bloomfield campers build independence and fully experience the joys of the great outdoors.

Located on 40+ acres in Malibu, in the Santa Monica Mountains, Junior Blind offers various week-long camp sessions for children of all ages and disabilities.

The largest of its kind in the Western United States, Camp Bloomfield serves hundreds of campers free of charge each summer and is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA).

Website:  http://www.juniorblind.org/site/camp-bloomfield

Contact: Joan Marason, Director of Wellness & Enrichment Programs  jmarason@juniorblind.org

Phone:  (323) 295-4555 ext. 245

Office:  5300 Angeles Vista Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90043   (map)

Easter Seals Camp

Easter Seals CampEaster Seals’ camps offer children and adults with disabilities the same excitement and activities available at other camps.

For over 40 years, campers and volunteers from all walks of life have come together for one magical week of camp. Activities include crafts, hayrides, talent shows, dances, swimming, horseback riding, canoeing, archery, hiking, concerts, storytelling, and a high and low ropes course.

Easter Seals Camp is a week-long resident camp serving children and adults in the San Bernardino Mountains.  It is held at Camp Oakes, an accredited American Camping Association site.

    • The camp is co-ed and campers must have some communication skills
    • The counselor to camper ratio is approximately 1:2.
    • Campers stay in dormitories or 3-sided cabins
    • Restrooms and showers are available
    • A registered nurse is on 24-hour dut
    • Camp elevation is 7,300 feet
    • Easter Seals provides a subsidy, but there is a fee to attend.  Partial camperships are available.

Website:  Easter Seals Camp

Contact:  Amanda Showalter  amanda.showalter@essc.org 

Phone:  (951) 264-4855

Office: 401 S. Ivy Street, Escondido, CA. 92025

Camp Location: YMCA Camp Oakes 47400 Monte Vista Dr. Big Bear City CA 92314  (map)

Enchanted Hills Camp

blind campFor more than 60 years, Enchanted Hills Camp has provided priceless opportunities for blind people of all ages to have fun in a challenging and accessible environment.

Located 10 miles west of Napa, California on 311 acres on scenic Mt. Veeder, Enchanted Hills Camp has offered life-changing summer camp experiences to thousands of people from all over the state of California.

Enchanted Hills offers a number of sessions to address a number of different needs of the community, including Blind Babies Family Camp, Chemistry Camp, Family Camp, Adults with Special Needs, Adult/Alumni, Kid’s sessions, Teen sessions and Deaf-Blind sessions.

The camp is operated by LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Website:  http://lighthouse-sf.org/programs/enchanted-hills/

Contact: info@lighthouse-sf.org

Phone:  (415) 694-7322 / (707) 224-4023

Location: 3410 Mt. Veeder Rd, Napa, CA. 94558  (map)

EQUIP: Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies

Equip Equine TherapyEQUIP is hosted by the beautiful Rocking T Ranch in Yorba Linda, California. The facilities provide a cozy, rustic ranch setting where clients can grow and develop in a positive environment. Safety is paramount, and the finest of horses (schoolmasters) are used.

The program was founded by Gary Mullen, Ed.D., who developed two other such programs in University settings. Executive Director Jim Tice and Maggie Kehrer, a Path International instructor, provide lessons to meet the unique needs of each client. Every lesson incorporates ground activities as well as mounted activities. Interaction with the farm animals is incorporated into the tail end of many sessions. The client experience is intended to be therapeutic at many levels.

Therapeutic riding offers a number of physical, social, cognitive, educational and behavioral benefits.

Persons with disabilities such as Autism, ADD, ADHD, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Rhetts Syndrome, Visual Impairments, Hearing Impairments, Social, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders have experienced benefits from therapeutic riding.

Website:  EQUIP Program – Rocking T Ranch

Contact:  Jim and Carol Tice  jtrockingt@aol.com

Phone: (714) 777-2898

Location:  4345 Lakeview Avenue  Yorba Linda, CA 92886  (map)