Shooting Stars Basketball

Shooting Stars BasketballThe Saddleback Valley Unified School District’s Department of Recreation & Community Services in South Orange County offers the Shooting Stars Basketball program for special needs athletes.  Players will be grouped by ability to create competitive teams and provide any needed support. League stresses fun and participation. Registration includes Orientation Day, jersey for all new players, and a trophy. All games will be played on Sundays. Every week players will practice, and then will play a 45 minute game.

Website:  Saddleback Valley USD Shooting Stars

Contact: Laurie & Richard Jimenez rlrcni@gmail.com

Location: Ranch Santa Margarita Intermediate School Gym, 21931 Alma Aldea, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. (map)

Special Olympics – Southern California

Special OlympicsSpecial Olympics Southern California changes the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through sports training and competition.

Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.

More than 13,000 athletes in 11 counties participate in Southern California.

The mission of Special Olympics Southern California is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Their vision is to provide sports and training programs for any individual with intellectual disabilities who chooses to participate, thereby improving their lives and the lives of everyone they touch.

Website:  www.sosc.org  Local program page: www.sosc.org/programs 

Contact:  info@sosc.org

Phone: (562) 502 1100  (check local program sites for specific neighborhood information)

Main Location:  1600 Forbes Way  Suite 200  Long Beach, CA. 90810

Special Camp for Special Kids

Special CampSpecial Camp for Special Kids is a non-profit summer camp program, located in Orange County, for kids and teens aged 6-21 with a wide variety of disabilities.

Each day of camp they take field trips all over Southern California – from the beach to Knott’s Berry Farm.  They pair campers one-on-one with high school and college aged volunteer counselors/friends. All counselors go through training and interviews and they are selective in their process. The staff is very experienced and there is always a nurse on staff.

Special Camp for Special Kids has provided a normal summer camp experience, long-lasting friends, and a fun-filled camp experience since 1992.

Website:  www.specialcamp.org

Contact: Lindsay Eres  lindsay.eres@smes.org

Phone:  (949) 661-0108  x699

Location: 31641 La Novia Avenue  San Juan Capistrano, California 92675  (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  therapeutics@crpd.org

Phone:  (805) 381-2739

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

Via West Campus

Via West CampusVia West Campus, located in Northern California in the Santa Cruz Mountains 15 miles west of Santa Cruz, CA., offers year-round day and residential programs that give adults and children (ages 5 and older) with physical and/or developmental disabilities and special needs a chance to learn and grow amid fresh air and scenic surroundings.Programs emphasize “Living Healthy” themes that include nutrition, physical activity, health awareness and self-management.

During summer sessions, participants enjoy a well balanced schedule of activities. They are given the opportunity to choose additional activities that target their interests.  Sessions range in length from 3 to 7 days.  Past sessions have included: Autism, for ages 8 – 20 (focusing on communication and skill development); Downs syndrome, for participants ages 8 – 20 (focusing on skill development and recreational activities), and Young Adult Leadership Development, for ages 18-30 (developing leadership and independent living skills).

Via West covers 13-wooded acres in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains in Stevens Creek County Park, just 15 miles west of San Jose and 45 miles south of San Francisco. The facility has six modern and accessible sleeping lodges equipped with bathrooms, showers and heaters. There is a spacious main lodge where dining and large group programs take place. There are two pools (one of which is fully accessible), a health center, fire circle, creative arts and performing arts buildings. There also is a sports court, nature pavilion, horse corral, platform tent site and hiking and nature trails.

Website:  Via West Campus

Contact: Leslie Davis ldavis@viaservices.org

Phone: (408) 243-7861

Camp Costanoan Location:  13851 Stevens Canyon Road, Cupertino, CA 95014  (map)

Office Location: 2851 Park Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050-6006   (map)

 

Villa Esperanza Services

Villa EsperanzaVilla Esperanza Services is a nonprofit corporation devoted to the care, education, health and social services of developmentally disabled children, and adults and seniors with disabilities. Summer sessions available.

They offer a variety of program in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties for children and adult with special needs.

Villa Esperanza Services has been at the forefront of creating programs to give the developmentally disabled the chance to learn, work and play with others since 1961. Today, Villa serves 24 school districts and over 41 cities in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. Villa serves people with a wide variety of disabilities including autism, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

Villa believes in:

• An individualized approach to education
• Using positive behavior support to maximize each child’s educational experience
• Creating a supportive and educational environment for family members and caregivers
• On-going staff development to incorporate current educational and behavioral teaching strategies
• Teaching communication as the cornerstone for educational and social growth.

Website:  www.villaesperanzaservices.org

Contact:  info@villaesperanzaservices.org

Phone: (626) 449-2919

Location:  2116 East Villa Street  Pasadena, CA.  91107 (map)