Dream Street

Dream Street camp

Dream Street provides camping opportunities for children with chronic and life threatening illnesses.  Children with cancer, blood disorders, and other serious diseases are given the opportunity to enjoy activities they would normally be restricted from due to their illness.

All Dream Street programs are free of charge.  They operate camps in Ojai, CA. and at Canyon Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.



Phone: (424) 333-1371

Location: 324 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA.  90212  (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)

Education Spectrum

Education SpectrumEducation Spectrum is entirely about providing the most comprehensive approach to serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and their families. They are a team of dedicated professionals that will help you unravel the mysteries surrounding ASD in an environment of respect, compassion and understanding.

The services they provide support the whole autism equation. Using state-of-the-art behavioral and educational assessment tools and implementing innovative intervention strategies, their team will work with your team to develop real life solutions for your child and your family.

Website:  Education Spectrum

Contact / Phone: (626) 797-1500

Location: 2235 N. Lake Ave., Suite 201  Altadena, CA 91001  (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)

Friends At Play

Friends At Play“Friends at Play” is a therapeutic program that provides social skills training groups for children with developmental delays. Participants have specific delays in the areas of social initiation, social communication, cooperative play, and/or developing social relationships. The program is based upon the philosophy that children with special needs are able to develop these skills in a naturalistic, play-based setting with their peers (disabled and non-disabled). The rationale for developing this program was based upon a lack of social skills training groups in the community that were inclusive, yet developmentally appropriate for regional center consumers to participate successfully with non-disabled peers.

Contact:  Teresa Mackey  tmackeyslp@charther.net

Phone: (818) 845-2846

Location:  First United Methodist Church  700 N. Glenoaks Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91502  (map)

Frostig Summer School Arts Program

Frostig Center

The Frostig School is accepting applications for the Summer Arts Program for Students with Learning Disabilities.  Sessions are held each summer (during the month of July), and include Beginning Ceramics, Printmaking, Silkscreen, and Game Board Design.  Classes are from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fees include all materials $295 per class. All instructors are highly experienced special education teachers and working artists.

For more information and for a application please contact gerrie@frostig.org or 626-791-1255.

Website:  www.frostig.org

Contact: Gerrie Raven   gerrie@Frostig.org

Phone:  (626) 791-1255

School Location: 971 N. Altadena Drive  Pasadena, CA 91107  (map)

Fun & Fit Gymnastics Day Camp

Fun & Fit GymnasticsFun & Fit is a gym program for typically developing children that can also serve kids with special needs kids.

What makes Fun & Fit Gymnastics unique is their completely non-competitive philosophy. At Fun & Fit, removing competition means more than just not having competitive teams. It means winning is defined as “personal best”, and children are never compared to each other.

The Fun & Fit Gymnastics Centers hold classes for children beginning at 12 months, for boys and girls of all ages, cheerleading classes and are well known for hosting incredible Birthday Parties for kids.

The instructors at Fun & Fit are professional experts hired for their outstanding abilities in teaching young children in a positive and patient manner, and expertise in safe and correct gymnastics education. Several of our staff members hold degrees in Child Development, Kinesiology or Education.

Locations in Burbank and Canyon Country.

Website:  www.funandfit.com

Contact:   info@funandfit.com

Phone: Burbank: (818) 845-0700   Canyon Country: (661) 255-7244

Burbank Location:  1919 W. Burbank Blvd.  Burbank, CA 91506   (map)

Canyon Country Location:  21021 Soledad Canyon Rd. #208  Canyon Country, CA 91351  (map)

Griffith Park Boys Camp

Griffith Park Boys CampGriffith Park Boys’ Camp has been part of the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Recreation and Parks Camping Section since 1924.  The camp has more than 87 years of history helping give boys ages 6-17 years old, through the transformative experiences of nature, a foundation for future greatness. This great place is not just somewhere; it is right here in your own back yard.

Call ahead for camps pertaining to children with special needs.

Griffith Park Boys Camp is a picturesque 10 acre facility resting in the historic Griffith Park hills. The gentle sloping grounds host: 16 bungalow styled cabins that sleep 10 persons and are complemented by being air conditioning and heated. Their 4 bathroom/shower bungalows have hot and cold running water year round. The main lodge/dining hall has a wood burning fireplace and a full service kitchen. To round out the camp experience Griffith Park Boys’ Camp has a 30 ft. rock climbing wall, high ropes challenge course, archery range and miles of hiking trails. Griffith Park Boys’ Camp is proud to be a fully accredited member of the American Camp Association.

While Griffith Park Boys’ Camp, affectionately called Boys Camp, primarily focuses on giving young men ages 7-14 a great summer experience we offer a whole lot more. From traditional family based camp weekends, and their now famous Boys Break Weekends, to rental opportunities, Boys Camp has something for all nature enthusiasts.

Website:  Griffith Park Boys Camp

Contact:   GP.boyscamp@lacity.org

Phone: (323) 664-0571

Location:  4730 Crystal Springs Dr.  Los Angeles, CA 90027  (map)

Help Group – Kids Like Me Camps

Help Group Kids Like MeThe Help Group’s Kids Like Me program conducts four unique camps, each one specifically designed to address varying ages, abilities and needs of children with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental challenges. The four camp programs create exciting opportunities for children and teens to engage, experience and explore.

Village Glen Day Camp is a unique, specialized social skills camp for children ages 3-13 with Asperger’s Disorder, high-functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Experienced Help Group therapists and counselors facilitate a fun, creative, and enriching camp program that promotes skills development in areas critical to social growth and building friendships.

Camp Sunshine is a popular program developed for children between the ages of 3 and 21 who have moderate to severe autism spectrum disorder and other special needs. A multidisciplinary team of professionals oversees a creative summer program designed to help each child reach his or her highest potential and develop unique strengths and abilities. Campers are grouped by age and ability and maintain a 1:3 counselor to camper ratio to maximize individual attention.

Camp Discovery is a one week only day camp adventure at the exciting Tumbleweed Day Camp site for children ages 4-13 with mild to moderate special needs. An exceptional staff team helps young campers safely explore, experience, and enjoy a wide variety of fun, traditional outdoor camp and nature activities.

Teens on the Go is a unique weekly social skills camp designed especially for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges. Lead by highly trained Help Group therapists, this special summer program features daily trips, activities, and adventures with peers throughout Los Angeles.

Teens on the Go Travel Camps are 6 day, 5 night fun-filled adventures for teens ages 13-18 with Asperger’s Disorder, high functioning Autism, and related social challenges.  Professional Help Group staff facilitates these exciting trips where teens visit and explore different cities each summer. Each trip provides a true bonding experience for participants creating memories to last a lifetime

Websites:  Help Group Kids Like Me Summer Camps

Village Glen Camp

Camp Sunshine

Camp Discovery

Teens On The Go / Teens On The Go Travel Camp

Contact: Nicole Webb  nwebb@thehelpgroup.org

Phone: (818) 778.7136

Main Location: 13164 Burbank Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.  91401 (map)