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)

Ability First – Camp Paivika

Camp PaivikaCamp Paivika offers overnight summer and winter/spring programs for children and adults with mild to severe developmental and physical disabilities such as autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and Down syndrome.

Camperships currently available.  Click here for an application:

Scholarship-Application-2014

Camp Paivika opened in 1947 as one of the first fully accessible camps in the United States, and operates under a special use permit granted by the San Bernardino National Forest. Located in the beautiful San Bernardino National Forest, the camp is fully accredited by the American Camp Association.

Our programs allow campers to make friends, try new things and become more confident. Families are often surprised to find loved ones returning home with a new, can-do spirit, independently choosing clothes for the day, tying their shoes or brushing their teeth without assistance. And, of course, families appreciate the respite they can take from the rigors and challenges of providing 24/7 care.

Camp Paivika is completely accessible and capable of accommodating individuals who use wheelchairs, walkers or other adaptive devices. Staff are trained and prepared to provide personal care as needed including caring for individuals who are incontinent and who require assistance with transferring, bathing, dressing, toileting, feeding and other personal care.

Website:  Camp Paivika

Contact: Kelly Kunsek, Camp Director

Phone:  (909) 338-1102 /  (877) 768-4600

Office: 1300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106

Camp Location: 600 Playground Drive, Cedarpines Park, CA 92322  (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

BCR “a place to grow”

BCRBCR “a place to grow”, is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has operated in the City of Burbank since 1963.  The Center provides day activity and extended day care programs, as well as monthly evening dances, for children and adults with developmental disabilities — mental retardation, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral-palsy, seizure disorders and other disabling conditions.  BCR serves clients from Burbank, Glendale, the San Fernando Valley, and neighboring Los Angeles County communities.

BCR provides a safe, structured, and caring environment where participants are valued, accepted, and understood. Without BCR’s Monday through Friday programs, the majority of its consumers would be at home — sedentary, isolated from peers, and often lacking stimulation. BCR also offers a supportive milieu for families and caregivers, and provides them with essential hours of respite.

BCR “a place to grow” is Regional Center vendored.

Website:  www.bcraplacetogrow.org

Contact:  info@bcraplacetogrow.org

Phone: (818) 843.4907

Address: 230 E. Amherst Drive   Burbank, CA 91504  (map)

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget

Camp Nugget is a low cost summer day camp program for children with special needs and disablities ages 5 through 12. The camp provides activities in swimming, sports & games, fitness, relaxation, and breathing exercises.

The camp is operated by California State University, Long Beach and held each year in their Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

The program is for four weeks and begins at the end of June and meets Monday through Friday, from 9 A.M. to Noon.

Website:  Camp Nugget at CSULB

Contact:  Dr. Barry Lavay  Coordinator of Adapted Physical Education Program in the Department of KPE at CSU, Long Beach

Phone:  (562) 985-7969

Office: 49er Camp  1250 Bellflower Blvd  Long Beach, CA 90840-7707

Camp Location: CSULB – Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education  (map)

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem

Camping Unlimited - Camp KremCamp Krem enriches the lives of those with special needs, counselors and volunteers through fun and safe programs of recreation, socialization and education.  They thrive through understanding, acceptance and support from the communities they serve.

Campers of all disabilities are welcome at Camp Krem. Campers who typically attend experience symptoms of Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger Sydrome, ADHD and other physical, emotional and developmental disabilities. Camp Krem offers summer camp opportunities for children age 5 and older, plus summer camp sessions for adults.

Their Summer Program provides a 1:3 staff ratio, and offers three options for adventure, Main Camp, Outdoor Adventure Camp and Travel Camp. They offer a range of activities and duration, so you are sure to find a camp that best suits your needs. They offer 6 summer sessions from June through August.  Signing up is easy using their on-line application process.

Website:  Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem

Contactcampkrem@gmail.com

Phone:  (510) 222-6662

Office: 1300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106

Camp Location: 102 Brook Ln, Boulder Creek, CA 95006 Santa Cruz Mountains   (map)

Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Casa ColinaFor more than 25 years, the Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures program has provided therapeutic outdoor experiences to thousands of people with disabilities.

The Outdoor Adventures Program focuses on empowering people with disabilities by creating opportunities through challenging and exciting activities. By focusing on abilities, not disabilities, the program enables its members to experience success both physically and emotionally. These recreation programs utilize the natural world to create unique opportunities where people with disabilities can:

  • Participate in day trips and adventures
  • Enjoy a sense of community with others
  • Gain self confidence by experiencing success through acquiring new skills
  • Share new outdoor experiences and adventurous activities with people of all abilities

Website:  Casa Colina Outdoor Adventures Program

Contactadventures@casacolina.org

Phone:  (909) 596-7733, ext. 4131 or (866) 724-4127, ext. 4131

Office: 255 East Bonita Avenue, PO Box 6001, Pomona, CA 91769-6001  (map)

Center for Developing Kids (CDK) – Sunkids

Center for Developing KidsSunkids is a therapeutic summer program open to all children 3-10 years-old, who are fully potty-trained and have the ability to work in groups.  Sunkids is run by occupational, physical, and speech therapists as well as trained volunteers.

Planned events and activities include water play, music, pet day, crafts, walking field trips, as well as gross motor and sensory motor play.  These activities are used to facilitate gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, and play in a safe and fun environment.

CDK also offers a separate one-week summer handwriting clinic designed to give children a jump-start on handwriting prior to starting the new school year. The development of skills necessary to provide foundations for good handwriting are addressed through a multi-sensory approach, including upper body strength and stability, postural control, fine motor skills and dexterity, visual perceptual skills, and eye-hand coordination. This clinic is taught by occupational therapists that specialize in handwriting.

CDK services include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and Nutrition Therapy.

Website:  Center for Developing Kids – Sunkids

Contactinfo@centerfordevelopingkids.com

Phone:  (626) 564-2700

Office / Camp Location:  200 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 112  Pasadena, CA 91105  (map)