A Kid Again
Program that provides fun, free excursions to kids with life-threatening conditions.
Program that provides fun, free excursions to kids with life-threatening conditions.
Once a month Fleet Science Center opens an hour early so families with special needs can enjoy science exhibits, a sensory-friendly film screening (quieter setting) and have access to a special cool-off space. Offers closed-captioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater. Fleet Science Center
Provides free access for families who benefit from a sensory-friendly experience and quieter setting (downtown location only) the second Saturday of each month, an hour before opening to the public (stay all day, if desired).
Offers weekend tennis clinics for children with Autism between the ages of 5–18. Clinics are one hour, with sessions running for 6–8 weeks at a time.
Barnes Tennis Center San Diego, CA 92107
Omni La Costa Resort Carlsbad, CA 92009
Year-round league sports, mentor program, recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities, and Junior Adaptive Sports Camp.
Certified Recreational Therapist and professional snowsports instructors experienced with special needs use a one-on-one approach to teach people of all abilities how to ski or snowboard (or improve skills) on a safe, carpeted slope. Includes people with ASD, physical disabilities, visual impairment and more.
Fun, inclusive, bounce experience with high-quality trampolines, dodgeball court, Battlebeam, foam pit, rock climbing walls and more.
Adaptive martial arts from a COTA and family member of a person with disabilities focusing on body awareness, muscle strength, impulse control and sensory processing.
U.S. residents with documented disabilities are eligible for a free pass to all national parks, historic sites and recreation areas that charge entrance fees.
Nonprofit organization established to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate (PIER) people with disabilities and their families through Adaptive Surf Therapy, learn-to-surf clinics and competitions throughout Southern California.
Special Abilities program customized for children with special needs. Pool Pals program designed for children with Autism.
Special Needs Aquatic Program (SNAP) pairs a trained instructor 1:1 with a child; Mommy and Me classes for infants as young as 4 months.
Instructors guide students through dance, movement and percussion, enabling dancers with disabilities to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying dance and choreography.
Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. The emphasis is on participation and fun! VIPcoordinator@ayso152.org
A program for children and adults with physical limitations. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
Services for kids with accessibility needs, including two private study rooms and computers equipped with assistive software, digital talking books for individuals enrolled with the Braille Institute’s Library Services, a homebound services program, library-by-mail program, and drive-up book return.
San Diego Central Library
Provides family-friendly beach days and a one-week camp that enables ATPF clients and families to practice paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing. Participants are paired with Junior Lifeguards for 1:1 mentoring June-August.
Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, as young as two months old. Dedicated to the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation.
Teaches girls self-esteem through two programs: AMPLIFY is an educational program that teaches self-advocacy skills to girls (ages 5 & up) and women with disabilities in a fun environment; ADVOCATE is a leadership development program that empowers girls and women with disabilities to drive important changes locally and nationally.
Inclusive swim classes based on the individual needs of each child.
335 S. Rancho Santa Fe Rd.
San Marcos 92078
Champions League Soccer program designed for athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in the joy of playing soccer.
Recreational opportunities, equipment grants, community and mentorship for individuals with physical challenges.
Therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for fun and independence.
Park with specially designed playground equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs.
Animal retreat and farm for over 140 domesticated livestock from around the world helps children learn appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for groups with special needs.
Opens two hours early on the first Sunday of the month, specifically for children with Autism and other special needs. Offers reduced lighting and noise, trained staff and full menu.
Two San Diego locations:
3414 College Ave., SD 92115
9840 Hibert St., SD 92131
Free dance, fitness and musical theater programs for ages 18+ through the city of Chula Vista. Carmel Wilson, Recreation Supervisor III email@example.com
Weekly classes where a board-certified behavioral analyst helps students ages 15–22 with Autism and other social delays explore emotions, listening skills, social skills and pragmatic language through games and funny, improvised scenarios.
San Diego Danceworks offers introductory and private dance lessons for children with special needs.
Adaptive dance class on Zoom, teaching various genres of dance to ages 6+ with special needs.
Inclusive art classes for people of all abilities. Schedule a class for your event.
Personalized instruction and adaptive equipment for winter and summer sports, including skiing, snowboarding, biking, and flatwater paddling. Plus, family camps, weekly sports meet-ups and skills development programs in a variety of Paralympic sports.
Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities.
Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League.
Playground built by American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and KaBOOM! that includes a spiral climber, angled cliff hanger, and V-bounce for children with special needs.
Free dance class for children with special needs (including dancewear, shoes and fees) covered by generous donations of community members and families of typical students.
Dance and musical theater program for kids 5–17 customized to fit a child’s needs. Inclusive and reverse mainstream classes are led by faculty trained by Dr. Erin Zwahlen, BCBA and Executive Director of the ABA Education Foundation. Students are assessed to discern the level of support needed to participate in class. Scholarships available.
Group swim instruction (3:1) for infants through adults designed to stimulate brain development while improving social and gross motor skills. Instructors with special needs training teach in a salt-purified pool.
Provides inclusive social and recreational experiences for children and adults with special needs.
For individuals with intellectual disabilities. Develops stage presence, comedy improvisation, reading and memorizing scripts, costuming, and working as a team. North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe
Dedicated monthly session for jumpers with special needs; music is played at a lower volume and the park’s atmosphere is calmer. One parent/guardian can support jumpers on the trampoline for free. Siblings welcome.
Provides free educational and therapeutic-based programming to individuals with Down Syndrome and support for their families. Christ Lutheran Church
Teaches flexibility, communication, empathy, problem solving, engagement, organization, creative thinking, self-reliance and self-confidence through natural play settings for children ages 2-8.
Fully ADA accessible, 1,100 linear foot loop in the Black Mountain Regional Park offers amazing views and park space for people with mobility issues. Features interpretative signage and shade structures with space
for wheelchairs. Miner’s Ridge Loop Parking Area
Award-winning, inclusive theater program guided and inspired by theater professionals for kids 4–18, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. Offers a variety of classes, performance, scholarship and outreach opportunities.
Provides grants for individuals with paralysis caused by spinal cord injury to purchase adaptive sports equipment. Partners with organizations to provide recreational opportunities and trains disabled athletes on ski racing safety.
Provides learning opportunities that support recreation, child development and youth enrichment programs to include children with and without disabilities.
Baseball program for ages 5–21 with developmental or physical disabilities. Champions players are paired with a peer buddy according to needs. Games (played in Carlsbad) have just two innings and guaranteed at-bats.
For athletes ages 5–18 with mental or physical challenges. Kids are placed into groups based on ability.
The Arc of San Diego offers kids, teens and adults the opportunity to attend recreational activities such as sporting events, plays, festivals, fairs and more with skilled staff trained to build social skills and promote independence.
Provides adaptive surfing and skating opportunities for kids with physical disabilities.
Provides outdoor recreational hiking experiences for people with disabilities in San Diego County. GRIT all-terrain wheelchairs are available for participant use. Surfing and kayaking offered on occasion.
Division of Little League for children ages 4-18 with physical or mental disabilities. Use the league finder tool to find the Challenger division nearest you.
Inclusive music education and performance organization for ages 3–23 including master class and outreach opportunities. Auditions required; students from neuro-diverse communities welcome.
Chula Vista’s premier performing arts center offer classes in dance, music and theater for neurodiverse youth and adults. Cultivate a passion for the arts and join today!
Provides an adaptive climbing team for ages 16+ with physical disability, a small group youth Autism program, deaf and hard-of-hearing program, and a program for climbers with Hemophilia.
Provides a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.
Inclusive baseball league for ages 5+ played on an accessible field. Players are paired with typical buddies (based on need) so families can enjoy the experience of watching their kids play with real color commentary.
Offers “Knight for A Day” birthday parties for kids of all abilities 6 and up; safe, soft foam-padded armor and foam sword and shield games at over 30 San Diego County parks. Also offers group/private classes in Modern Sword Fighting.
Students with special needs (ages 13 & up) explore themes through acting in a six-week online class. Stand-up, scene work, show hosting and movement are used to learn acting techniques, culminating in a comedy sketch show.
New Village Arts Theatre
Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the PSIA trained supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Students (ages 4+) must be able to hold head upright and maintain breathing on their own. Advanced 72-hour reservation required. Includes equipment.
In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation a prom night experience for kids 14 and up with special needs. Trinity Church
Classes designed to help children 15 mos. & up, including those with high-functioning disabilities, experience gymnastics in a fun and positive environment. Class ratio is no more than 5:1.
Works with kids and adults with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, hearing impairment, sight impairment and more in karate, wrestling, coordination and agility training.
Film and media production studio provides individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities creative, educational, social and economic opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency and community inclusion. Training in digital media, filmmaking and photography as well as pathways to employment via mentorships, paid internships and shadowing professionals.
Theater and dance programs designed to empower kids with special needs. Dance North County
Flag football (with modifications) and cheer for ages 5–18 who are enrolled in school and have physical or mental disabilities. Level of play based on size, age and skill level is recommended where numbers allow.
Challenged athletes program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games played in Meadowbrook Middle School’s gym.
The San Diego Choristers Guild’s free program for ages 8–18 with developmental or cognitive disabilities is open to children regardless of family church affiliation. Parents required to attend.
An inclusive place to soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults.
Veteran-led, men’s competitive wheelchair basketball team promotes ability awareness through school assemblies and demonstrations; players coach a nonprofit youth recreation league. Accepts donations of used sports wheelchairs for players with financial need.
Offers adaptive swimming lessons designed for children with special needs, with emphasis on children with Autism. Private lessons include four 30-minute sessions.
Participants run the poles and barrels on Posse Ponies, ride the not-so-roughstock bulls and broncs, and rope with professional cowboys. Local and rodeo royalty help kids navigate the events, pose for photos and provide live commentary.
Offers Sensory Friendly Mornings in a welcoming and comfortable environment through hands-on STREAM activities and exhibits. Also offers seasonal camps, interactive caregiver/toddler classes and birthday parties.
Low-priced, amateur ice hockey league for boys and girls ages 7–12 with disabilities who are physically able to play but unable to participate in a typical organized league. Equipment, coaching and mentoring provided. UTC Ice Rink
Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program designed for children ages 2 & up with unique physical needs.
Allows certain mobility devices on the ice to experience the feeling of skating; partners with Sports for Exceptional Athletes for seasonal sessions of ice sports.
Inclusive camps, sports leagues, social groups and recreational activities for individuals 3 and up with special needs and their families. Park de la Cruz Community Center
North County community-based inclusive spring and fall soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities.
Diverse and inclusive playground at San Dieguito County Park. All abilities engage in sensory, nature and fitness-based play. Specialty equipment with standard features, ramps and easy pavement-to-playground transitions.
Safe, inclusive environment where neurodivergent individuals come together. See calendar of events and sensory-friendly locations that foster creative expression, skill-sharing and encourage all forms of communication.
AMC Theater bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs.
Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs.
Includes gentle fitness conditioning classes and adaptive golf clinic.
Offers 1:1 piano and group keyboard lessons for ages 3–adult. Music helps physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Try Harmony Road group instruction (18 mos–11 yrs), a comprehensive early childhood music program.
Adaptive soaring equipment for young adults with physical disabilities.
Inclusive program for ages 5–22 with social, intellectual and mild physical disabilities to learn basketball in a fun, non-competitive environment, some with “buddies” (mentors).
Special division of Little League for players 4–18 (up to age 22 if still enrolled in school) with a physical or intellectual challenge.
Inclusive semi- and private swim lessons, aquatic strengthening, and ocean safety for 6 mos.–adults at The Plunge in Belmont Park; instructor has 25 years experience working with people with disabilities.
Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. Develops improved physical fitness, self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Community-based sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5–adult. Offers 24 sports in four seasons for persons with and without disabilities to interact and form lasting friendships.
Year-round, warm water adaptive swim lessons for ages 6 mos.–adult with special needs. Taught by certified instructors who provide a low student to teacher ratio. Adaptive swim team available for swimmers who want to compete.
Provides adults with disabilities a variety of activities such as bowling, karaoke, movie nights and dances all with the goal of helping members meet new friends with common interests.
Experienced swim instructors provide 1:1 lessons to children with special needs through the use of unique visual aids. Safety awareness and specialized instruction in your home or community pool.
Year-round individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside, Carlsbad and Encinitas for all ages and most abilities by an Encinitas firefighter with swift water rescue certification and his trained staff. Surfboards and wetsuits provided.
Applied martial arts program for kids with special needs where students work on balance, courage, self-awareness and core strength in a safe, non-threatening setting. Private sessions available.
One-on-one swim program from 17 months old for most abilities. For ages 30 mos. and up, coach insists you will have a swimming child in 10 days!
Dance for people of any ability welcomes all. Instructors have experience working with the disabled community and provide dance opportunities free of charge. Adaptive dance classes for partner organizations are inclusive and open to the general public.
Agriculture, equestrian, culinary, fitness and music programs for students and adults with special needs including the Peas n’ Carrots 4-H club.
Bridges the gap between families, individuals with special needs and local communities by partnering with businesses and organizations to provide special enrichment events, camps and inclusive opportunities.