Trips, Inc – Special Adventures

Trips Inc Special AdventuresSpecial Adventures provides all-inclusive vacation packages for travelers ages 16 & older with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Trips Inc. has over 21 years experience in special needs travel and has provided peak experiences and treasured memories for more than 12,000 travelers from all 50 states. This innovative organization has earned high praise featured in many major daily newspapers across the country.

They offer a ratio of one chaperone for every three or four travelers. Their average group size is 20 and they strive to match the mobility, ages, social skills, and capabilities of trip participants.

Trips Inc. offers a variety of trips to numerous destinations throughout the year.

Website:  Trips Inc. Special Adventures

Contact:  trips@

Phone:  800-954-2873

Office: 4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 530  Los Angeles, CA 90010   (map)

Tumbleweed Day Camp

Tumbleweed Day CampTumbleweed is a traditional summer day camp, located in Brentwood, CA.,  that can accommodate children with asthma, behavior disorders and learning disabilities.

Offering summer camp and winter camp programs for children ages 4-14, Tumbleweed has provided an enriching atmosphere that has fostered growth and development in campers since 1954.  From traditional day camp activities such as horseback riding, archery, and arts and craft to their own unique Tumblewheel and 40’ inflatable obstacle course, children  get the opportunity to gain self-confidence and build lasting relationships in a nurturing environment.

Website:  Tumbleweed Day Camp

Contact:  info@twforever.com

Phone: (310) 472-7474

Camp Address: 1024 Hanley Avenue  Los Angeles, CA 90049  (map)

UCLA Early Childhood Clubhouse Program

UCLA ClubhouseThe Early Childhood Clubhouse Program at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is a special social recreational after-school program for children three to six years of age with autism, Asperger’s Disorder, developmental disabilities, and/or behavioral disorders.

The Clubhouse is designed for children who need a high degree of structure that traditional social skills groups or community recreation programs cannot provide. Staffed with caring and trained professionals, this unique program offers formalized social skills training, along with a variety of developmentally appropriate, structured therapeutic social recreation activities.

This is an after-school program for children ages 2-6 with autism, Asperger’s, developmental disabilities and/or behavioral disorders. Five days a week, 1-5 pm. Highly structured and integrated program includes various recreational activities.

Website:  UCLA Early Childhood Clubhouse Program

Contact:  Elizabeth Laugeson  elaugeson@mednet.ucla.edu

Phone: (310) 825-0367

Location: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital  760 Westwood Plaza  Los Angeles, CA 90024  (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)

 

Vista Inspire Program (VIP) – Miracle Theatre

Vista Del Mar - Autism the MusicalThe Vista Inspire Program (VIP) in West LA is a socialization program that uses the arts to foster communication, self-confidence, and group dynamics for children with autism and other special needs (ALL abilities welcome).

Founded on the principles of The Miracle Project, created by beloved autism programs advocate Elaine Hall and profiled in the HBO Emmy award winning documentary, Autism: The Musical, this is a life changing experience for our campers, their siblings, parents, and for our community.

Classes in dance, drama, music and musical theatre for ages 7 and up.

The VIP Summer camp, held every August, offers swimming, singing, dancing, cooking, and the chance to make friends for children and teens of all abilities.

In addition to the summer program, VIP offers classes throughout the year.

 

Website:  www.vistadelmar.org/miracletheatre

Contact:  Naomi Salamon  naomisalamon@vistadelmar.org

Phone: (310) 836-1223 ext. 322

Location:  Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services  3200 Motor Avenue  Los Angeles, CA 90034 (map)

 

Y Spirit Program

Y Summer CampThe Y Spirit Program is a recreation and socialization program for teens with developmental disabilities.  The program is operated by the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, for young adults ages 13-21.  They offer a  1:3 staff/participant ratio.

 

Websitewww.ymcala.org

Phone: (626) 432-1507

Location:  First Church of the Nazarene  3700 East Sierra Madre Blvd. #106  Pasadena, CA (map)