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Accessibility Mornings at the New Children’s Museum
Families with special needs are invited to visit the museum to explore its creative, curated exhibits, high-sensory activities and special break zones before it opens to the public for the day. Quarterly events with special pricing. Registration required.
200 W Island Ave.
SD 92101

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association
Year-round league sports, sports mentor and mentee program, and recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities and Jr. wheelchair sports camp for kids.

Adventure Ski and Snowboard School
Certified Recreational Therapist school director and professional ski instructors experienced with special needs use a one-on-one approach to teach people of all ages, abilities and disabilities how to ski, improve skiing or snowboard in a safe, carpeted, school setting. Includes the visually impaired, people with ASD, and those with many physical disabilities.
Encinitas, CA 92024

Al Scholl Art
Live artist and muralist provides 1:1 adaptive art classes and inclusive art experiences for those with ASD and other disabilities at your home, event or office for up to 25 participants.
www.AlSchollArt com

Altitude Trampoline Park
Fun, inclusive, bounce experience with high-quality trampolines, dodgeball court, Battlebeam, foam pit, rock climbing walls and more.
1928 Hacienda Dr.
Vista, CA 92081

America the Beautiful Access Pass, National Parks Service
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.

Aqua Pros Swim School
Pool Pals swimming program for children with Autism.
4635 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. (Located in Boys & Girls Club)
SD, 92117

Aqua-Tots SNAP Swim Lessons
Special Needs Adaptive Program (SNAP) pairs a trained instructor 1:1 with a child; Mommy and Me classes for infants as young as 4 months.
2015 Birch Rd. #1505
Chula Vista, CA 91915

A Reason to Survive (ARTS)
Provides afterschool art education, internships with professional mentors, youth-led community development, counseling services and leadership training to build job skills for students with mental health challenges.
200 E 12th St.
National City, CA 91950

Arms Wide Open
Instructors guide students through dance, movement and percussion, enabling the dancer with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying dance and performing choreography.
237 E Main St. #A
El Cajon, CA 92020

ASD Mornings at the Nat
Once a month, the San Diego Natural History Museum opens an hour early to provide a less crowded environment for visitors with ASD and similar diagnoses to explore galleries at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with lower volume and more light. It also offers a quiet room from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. Please RSVP online.
1788 El Prado,
SD, 92101

ATPF Bridge to the Beach Program
San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation, ATPF and the Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego partner to provide family-friendly beach days and a one week camp that enables ATPF clients and families to practice swimming safety, paddle boarding, kayaking, surfing, and snorkeling. Participants are paired with Junior Lifeguards for 1:1 mentoring June-August.

Autism Accessibility and Hearing-Impaired Offerings at the Fleet
Once a month families with children with Autism enjoy science exhibits and a sensory-friendly film screening in a quieter setting, an hour before public opening and with access to a special cool-off space. Offers Rear Window closed-captioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater.
Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, SD, 92101

AYSO VIP (Very Important Player) Program
Program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults with physical or mental disabilities. The emphasis is on participation and fun!

Barnes Tennis Center Wheelchair Program
A program for children and adults with physical handicaps. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels.
4490 W Point Loma Blvd.
SD, 92107

Binford I CAN, Too! Center at San Diego Central Library
(See listing under Education)

Blue Roses Girls Group
Formed to foster making and sustaining friendships with activities (fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD, and social challenges due to special needs.

Bobcat Buddies
Sage Creek High School program in which a typical student is paired with a student with special needs in various sports and recreational activities throughout the year.
3900 Cannon Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92010

USSD 4sRanch Karate
Karate program for all abilities incorporates leadership, life lessons and social skills. Student evaluation leads to class placement and a two-week free trial period.
9870 Hibert St. #D7
SD, 92131
10449 Reserve Dr. #141
SD, 92127

Bubbles Swim School
Offers instructional swim for students of all ages and abilities, starting as young as two months old. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of instruction and safety. Call for an evaluation.
10369 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978

Capability Ranch
Activity center for youth with disabilities and developmental delays plan monthly enriching activities and events that inspire imagination and entertain. Visit Facebook page for details.
18030 Highland Valley Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065

Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
Recreational opportunities, equipment grants, community and mentorship for individuals with physical challenges.
9591 Waples St.,
SD, 92121

Cheryl’s Place, Montevalle Park
Play park with specially designed playground equipment accessible to children in wheelchairs.
840 Duncan Ranch Rd.
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Children’s Nature Retreat
Animal retreat and farm for over 120 domesticated livestock from around the world helps children learn appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for groups with special needs.
5178 Japatul Spur
CA 91901

Chula Vista Therapeutic Recreational Department Young Adult Programs
Free dance, fitness and musical theater programs for ages 18+ through the city of Chula Vista.
Carmel Wilson, Recreation Supervisor III

Color, Construct, Create
Fun, therapeutic and skill-enhancing art class for school-age children with and without special needs brought to your location. Afterschool programs and summer camps available.
SD, 92128

Connections – National Comedy Theatre
Six-week program where a board-certified behavioral analyst helps students 13-17 on the Autism spectrum explore emotions, listening skills, social skills and pragmatic language through games and funny, improvised scenarios.
3717 India St., SD, 92103 

Creative Stages of Dance/New Dramatic Arts
San Diego Danceworks offers introductory and private dance lessons for children with special needs.
2653 Ariane Dr.,
SD, 92117

Danceology Performing Arts Campus
Adaptive Dance introduces the basics of ballet and creative movement to girls ages 4-8 with special needs. In a fun and inviting atmosphere, dancers learn and explore the art of dance. Dancers have the opportunity to perform in the holiday show and June showcase.
10750 Thornmint Rd. #102
SD, 92127

Dance this Ability: Malashock Dance Co.
In partnership with St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Malashock Dance facilitates a program where young adults are integrated into a professional environment at Dance Place San Diego. Weekly dance class incorporates motor skills, spatial awareness and self-expression.
Dorothea Laub
 Dance Place San Diego
2650 Truxtun Rd. #104 
SD, 92106

Dance with Me: Dance and Company
This 50-minute class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through simple dance movements, enhance motor skills, improve health, increase flexibility, develop confidence and increase social skills.
6635 Flanders Dr. #D 
SD, 92121
12120 Alta Carmel Ct. #D  
SD, 92128

Dancing Around the Oak Tree Art Studio
Inclusive art classes for people of all abilities. Attend Tues./Thurs. afternoon classes or schedule a class for your event.
Airshine Music School
2717 University Ave.
S D, 92104

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Personalized instruction and adaptive equipment for winter and summer sports, including alpine and cross country skiing, snowboarding, cycling, mountain biking, and flatwater paddling. Plus, family camps, weekly sports meet-ups and skills development programs in a variety of Paralympic sports.
Mammoth Lakes, CA

Dixon Lake–Accessible Cabin
Accessible camping for persons with physical disabilities.
1700 N La Honda Dr.
Escondido, CA 92027
Park Ranger: 760-839-4680

Easter Seals of Southern California
Summer camp in the San Bernardino Mountains.
401 S Ivy St.
Escondido, CA 92025

Engel Family Field, San Dieguito County Park
Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League.
1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Del Mar, CA 92014
858-755-2386; 858-964-2222
www.miracleleagueofsandiego .org/ourfields/

Eucalyptus Park
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.
Fourth and C St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Expressions Dance and Movement Center-Darby’s Dancers
Free dance class for children with special needs (including dancewear, shoes, costumes, and dance-related fees) covered by generous donations of community members and families of typical students.

9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #28
Santee, CA 92071

Family Karate PQ
Karate programs for the physically challenged.
12798 Rancho Peñasquitos Blvd.
 SD, 92129

Flip Force
Tumbling, martial arts and dance classes open to people with all abilities in a faith-based environment.
9282 Miramar Rd., SD, 92126

Floaties Swim School
Group swim instruction (3:1) for infants through adults designed to stimulate brain development while improving social and gross motor skills from instructors with special needs training in a salt-purified pool. Birthday parties available.
13180 Poway Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064

Friendship Circle of San Diego
Provides inclusive social and recreational experiences for children and adults with special needs.
16934 Chabad Way 
Poway, CA 92064

GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville & Candy Shoppe
The STARS Theater Arts program for individuals with intellectual disabilities puts an emphasis on developing abilities in stage presence, comedy improvisation, reading and memorizing scripts, costuming, and working as a team to support fellow actors.
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
SD, 92104

Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center
(See listing under Down Syndrome)

Green Field
Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League.
Seventh & G Ave.
 Coronado, CA 92118

Grossmont College Adapted Aerobic Classes
School enrollment necessary. Adaptive equipment and training provided.
Disabled Student Services
8800 Grossmont College Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92020
619-465-1700 x7112

Grossmont Recreation Therapy
Includes gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Includes programs for stroke survivors and family members.
5555 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91941

I Can Play!
(See listing under Infant/Toddler Specific)

Ice Plex Special Skaters Program
Private ice skating class for all ages. Skate rentals included. Coaches available for private lessons.

555 N Tulip St.
 Escondido, CA 92025

iFLY Indoor Skydiving–All Abilities Nights
Custom designed flight programs for kids 3 and up with physical and cognitive challenges. Guided through flight by specially trained IBA instructors. All gear included. Schedules vary and are updated on website and Facebook.
2385 Camino del Rio N.
 SD, 92108
3178 Vista Way 
Oceanside, CA 92056

Inclusive Dance
Classes with inclusive methods based on emotional experiences, spatial perception, physical stimuli, movement and cause and effect.
L’Cirque by Danzart
821 Kuhn Dr. #109 
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Jas Arnold Trail for All People
Fully ADA accessible, 1,100 linear foot loop in the Black Mountain Regional Park offers amazing views and an inviting park space for people with mobility issues. Features interpretative signage and shade structures with space for wheelchair visitors.
Miner’s Ridge Loop Parking Area 
14895 Carmel Valley Rd.
SD, 92129

Juan Carlos Organization Zumba For All
Lisbeth Garces and her team provide inclusive Zumba in various locations around San Diego.

Kelly Brush Foundation
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.
Burlington, VT

Kids Included Together (KIT)
(See listing under Inclusion)

Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families with children with special needs. Staff works with educators, occupational therapists and child psychologists to provide a welcoming place to learn and play.
10760 Thornmint Rd.
SD, 92127
851 Showroom Pl.

Chula Vista, CA 91914
2865 Sims Rd.
 Point Loma, CA 92106

Life Rolls On
Provides adaptive surfing and skating opportunities for kids with physical disabilities.
Los Angeles, CA

Little League: Challenger Division
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.

Mainly Mozart Music Festival
Four days of events built around the theme of “Autism and Music: Empowering the Mozart in Us All”. Held May 30 – June 2, 2019, highlights include a two-day symposium featuring autism advocate and luminary Temple Grandin, acclaimed writer and educator Dr. Susan Baum, and autistic piano-virtuoso Derek Paravicini. See ad on page 9.
404 Euclid Ave. #301 
SD, 92114

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra
Inclusive music education and performance organization for ages 3–23 including end-of-semester concerts and a variety of additional concert, master class, and outreach opportunities. Multiple ensembles with Saturday rehearsals at San Diego Mesa College. Auditions are required and students from neuro-diverse communities are welcome.
404 Euclid Ave. #301
 SD, 92114

Miracle League of San Diego
Inclusive baseball league for ages 5 and up, Played on an accessible field, perfect for kids who don’t fit into a typical league. Players are paired with hand-picked buddies based on need so families can enjoy the experience of watching their kids play with real color commentary.
Engel Family Field
1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
 Del Mar, CA 92014
Green Field
7th & G Ave., Coronado, CA 92118

Monday Night Live!
Students with special needs are paired with neurotypical peers to explore student-chosen teen themes through acting, stand-up, scene work, show hosting, and movement culminating in a unique comedy sketch show.
New Village Arts Theatre
2787 State St.
 Carlsbad, CA 92008
Aleta Barthell, 760-846-6072

Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program
Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the PSIA trained supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Serves students ages 4 and up. They must be able to hold head upright and must maintain breathing on their own. Reservation 72 hours in advance required. Includes fitting of equipment.

Murray Callan Swim School
Inclusive swim classes based on the individual needs of each child.
1012 Law St., SD, 92109

A Night to Remember Prom
Free prom for students with special needs ages 15-22. Includes tuxedo or prom dress, hair styling, make-up, corsage or boutonniere, dinner and dancing. Each student with special needs is partnered with a San Diego student who serves as their host.
Eastlake Church
2355 Otay Lakes Rd.
 Chula Vista, CA 91914

Night to Shine Prom
In partnership with the Tim Tebow Foundation, a prom night experience for kids 14 and up with special needs.
Trinity Church 
14047 Twin Peaks Rd.
 Poway, CA 92064

North County Gymnastics and the Gyminny Kids
Classes designed to help children 15 months and up, including those with high-functioning disabilities, experience gymnastics in a fun and positive environment. Class ratio is no more than 5:1.
17022 Camino San Bernardo
SD, 92127

Our Family Spa
(See listing under Integrative Approach to Therapies)

Our Place Wellness Center
ARC-sponsored enrichment program for individuals with a disability (15 years & up) including music therapy, art therapy, adaptive yoga, adaptive Zumba, cooking and adaptive fitness.
San Diego & Chula Vista

PACT (Positive Action Community Theatre)
Theater and dance programs designed to empower kids with special needs through performance.
Dance North County
535 Encinitas Blvd. #101
Encinitas, CA 92024

Parents United Special Needs Foundation (PUSE)
(See listing under Parent and Family Resources)

Poway Youth Basketball League, Challenged Division
Challenged athletes program for youths with intellectual disabilities. All games played in Meadowbrook Middle School’s gym.
Poway, CA 92064

Recreational Music Center
Camps, group music classes and individual music lessons for ages preschool and up.
2590 Truxtun Rd. #202 
SD, 92106

Rise and Shine Christian Choral Program
The San Diego Chorister Guild’s free program for children ages 8–18 with developmental or cognitive disabilities is open to children regardless of family church affiliation. Parents required to attend.

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park
An inclusive place to soar in open jump arenas, play trampoline dodgeball, do flips and somersaults.
8190 Miralani Dr., SD, 92126

Sam’s Posse Exceptional Rodeo
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.

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum
Special early morning hours geared for families with children on the spectrum or with sensory sensitivities to enjoy purposeful play-based exhibits in a welcoming, comfortable quiet environment. See ad on back cover.
320 N Broadway 
Escondido, CA 92025

San Diego Chill Hockey League
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. Ice, equipment, coaching and mentoring provided.
UTC Ice Sports Center
4545 La Jolla Village Dr.
 SD, 92122

San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program specifically designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs.
1650 El Prado #209
Casa del Prado Building 
Balboa Park, SD, 92101

San Diego Park and Rec—Therapeutic Recreation Services
Inclusive camps, sports leagues, social groups and recreational activities for individuals 3 and up with special needs and their families. Quarterly publication of activities.
3325 Zoo Dr., SD, 92101

San Diego Soccer Club’s TOPSoccer Program
North County community-based inclusive spring and fall soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities.

Sensory-Friendly Films
Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs.
AMC Mission Valley
1640 Camino del Rio N.
 SD, 92108
AMC Palm Promenade
770 Dennery Rd., SD, 92154

Sensory Story Time at the San Diego Central Library
Children ages 0-5 who have difficulty in large groups, are on the Autism Spectrum, or experience sensory overload are welcome to this monthly program. Books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities encourage peer interaction. Call to register, space is limited.
330 Park Blvd., SD, 92101

Sing, Move and Play Music Academy
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.
13018 Pomard Way
 Poway, CA 92064

Sky Sailing at Warner Springs
Adaptive soaring equipment for young adults with physical disabilities.
31930 Hwy. 79
 Warner Springs, CA 92086

SMYBB Shooting Stars
Inclusive program for ages 5–22 with social, intellectual and mild physical disabilities to learn and enjoy basketball in a fun, non-competitive environment, some with “buddies” (basketball mentors). At Corky Smith Gym on Sundays, October-January.
274 Pico Ave.
San Marcos, CA 92069

Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County
Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. Develops improved physical fitness, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.
10977 San Diego Mission Rd.
SD, 92108

Sports for Exceptional Athletes
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 bonds of friendship.
9575 Aero Dr. #B, SD, 92123

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center Adaptive Swim Lessons and Competitive Swim Team
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 workouts are available for swimmers who want to compete. Pre-registration is necessary.
2119 E Madison Ave.
 El Cajon, CA 92019
619-442-5129 x114

Stars Karate
(USA Freestyle Martial Arts)
Free karate lessons for children, ages 10 and 17 with disabilities. Typical siblings welcome in special classes but must pay.
3760 Sports Arena Blvd. #1
 SD, 92110

Stoked for Life Foundation
Hosts free paddle clinics for adaptive paddle boarding and adaptive surfing, enhances public policy on beach access for the disabled, and furthers advancements in adaptive water sports equipment. Hands-on disability and safety training available for volunteers.

SunSational Swim Schools
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.


Surfin Fire Surf School
Year-round individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside 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 to campers and private guests.

Swiftkick Martial Arts
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.
16775 Bernardo Center Dr. #F
 SD, 92128
7040 Avenida Encinas #B107
 Carlsbad, CA 92011

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!

TERI Campus of Life Enrichment Programs
Agriculture, equestrian, culinary, fitness and music programs for students and adults with special needs including the Peas ‘N Carrots 4-H club (the first of its kind to serve those with developmental disabilities and their siblings).
251 Airport Rd.
 Oceanside, CA 92058

ThoughtSTEM Coding and Computer Science
The world of technology offers a unique experience to draw upon the abilities of students with Asperger’s and high functioning ASD, helping students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Minecraft and child-friendly programs help teach computer science and game design.

TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer)
For athletes ages 5–18 with mental or physical challenges. Kids are placed into groups based on ability.
3908 Torrey Pines Rd.
 La Jolla, CA 92037

UltraStar Cinemas Parent Movie Morning and Sensory-Friendly Films
Early bird pricing, reduced volume, dimmed lights and plenty of stroller parking make these viewing opportunities for new parents and children with special needs unique to the typical movie experience.
7510 Hazard Center Dr. #100
 SD, 92108

USD Football and Baseball Player Mentor Program
USD Toreros teams and Autism Tree Project Foundation (ATPF) are active in mentoring kids with Autism. The Toreros host ATPF families at every home game, where the kids get to cheer on their players during the game and play catch with the players post game.
2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C
SD, 92106

Valley Center TOPSoccer
Community-based soccer training program. Players are placed by ability (not age). Athletes are partnered with a trained buddy. All ages welcome.
28102 N Lake Wohlford Rd.
 Valley Center, CA 92082

VALR Martial Arts Center
Martial arts for any ability; inclusive practices for children 4 and up.
12943 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

Wheelchair Dancers Organization
Free classes for all ages and abilities interested in wheelchair dancing. Eight-week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance, Latin and other forms.
4584 Calle de Vida, SD, 92124     

YMCA of San Diego County
Swim lessons, sports leagues, day camps and overnight camps for children preschool and up all summer long. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y

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