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Recreational Activities

Exceptional Family Resource Center receives many inquiries about
recreational activities and camps for children with special
needs. Below you will find a listing with phone numbers and web site
links to assist you in your search. 

San Diego Regional Center:
Camp Guide  ~  Sports  ~  Social Activities 

Guía de Recursos Recreativos (SDRC)

San Diego Parks & Recreation Dept. Therapeutic Recreation Services
Call 619-525-8247 or 619-692-3866 TDD or email kkramer@sandiego.gov  
Program Guide

City of Chula Vista Recreation Department Therapeutics Section
for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Call 619-409-5800.

City of Imperial - Recreational Activities like Red Cross
Learn-to-Swim classes & Junior Lifeguard Program

San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation   

SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes is a San Diego-based alternative
sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities ages 5
through adult. C
all 858-565-7432.

Challenge Center - a truly Accessible Gym in La Mesa with licensed
physical therapists and certified trainers on staff.  
Call 619-667-8644.

San Diego area Special Olympics Sports - Call 619-283-6100.
North County Special Olympics - Call (760) 942-7171 

National Sports Center for the Disabled Soccer Development League
Partnering with Alliance Soccer Club, Chula Vista Rangers and Poway/PQ, to
create a soccer league for children with physical Disabilities.Cal
l Dana at
(619) 482-6177.

Miracle League of San Diego - Families can NOW REGISTER online
until August 15 for the fall season (every Saturday from Sept 26-Nov 21.

The Miracle League of San Diego provides children with mental and/or
physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in
an organized league. During each Miracle League game, every child is
given the opportunity to hit the ball and score a run. Miracle League team
members are assigned buddies who provide encouragement and assist
with hitting the ball and running the bases. Escondido - 858-354-0204
gayle.shapiro@miracleleagueofsandiego.org. Del Mar -619-587-0477.

Challenger Basketball for North County starts in January 2010 on Tuesday
evenings in Poway. Contact Margot Morpeth at mmorpeth@cox.net.

Challenger Baseball Leagues - Little League Challenger Division games
provide opportunities for children with disabilities (5-17) to play ball with as
much or as little assitance from typical peer buddies as needed.  Players in
the Challenger Division are not required to live in the city where their team
plays, as are other Little League players.
Escondido - Connie Phillips at 760-739-8628

Oceanside - Shawn at 760 945-2398 or Trish at 760 433-7148.
San Diego, University City, Coronado and Clairemont - Call Glen Castan at
858 457-1245 or email challengerbaseball@anchorline.us.
University City Little League or Mira Mesa Little League
East County - Noel Coreno 619-460-5489.
Chula Vista
- Tracey Riiff 619 482-2327 or triiff@cox.net
Poway - Margot 858-748-0860.

Challenger Football in North County  

TOPSoccer  (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based
training and team placement program designed for young ahletes with
physical and/or mental disabilities, organized by youth soccer association
volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning
and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical
disability, with emphasis on Player Development rather than on Competition.
Players are placed on teams according to ability NOT by age.
Call Joey at
619-246-8723 or email jyusunas@yahoo.com
. Details can be found at
Poway TOPS Soccer starts March 2009 -
view flyer.

AYSO (American Youth Soccer Organization)
Region 152 has several
VIP soccer teams for children with special needs - located in Tierrasanta,
Chula Vista, Bonita, El Cajon, and Santee. Children do not have to be living
in theboundaries of these areas to play. Call
La Mesa - Gary Hartnett at 619-265-7107 or aysogary@hotmail.com
Chula Vista - Tracey Riiff at 619 482-2327 or

Carlsbad Lightning Soccer Club Call 760-632-0887.

Adapted Aquatics at Ivey Ranch Park Association Brooks Street Pool in
Oceanside. Call 760-722-4839
Friendship Circle - Social outings for children and teens with special needs.
Call 858-487-4879.

Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center - Recreational and
 social programs. Call 858-362-1123.

Armed Services YMCA of San Diego - Recreational programs and family
services for military families. Call 858-751-5755.

Xcite Steps
offers mentoring and social clubs for kids, teens, and adults
with a variety of cognitive disabilities.  Call Matt at 
858 722-1948.
Kids Adventure Club I Steps Up Club I Youth Social Club

Adult Social Club 

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego


Music Lessons for children, teens, and adults with special needs. 
Call Coast Music Therapy at 858.831.0387 ext 4.

Pool  Pals
- San Diego County Autism Society at Aqua
Pros Swim School
at the Boys & Girls Club in Clairemont. Call 619-209-2990.

Martial Arts class for students with special needs - Orion Martial Arts in
San Marcos. Call 760-445-9731.

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program at Mission Valley YMCA - Pool is
enclosed and warm. Call 619-298-3576.

Adaptive Karate Program - Call 858-484-4747.

North Park Vaudeville STARS - Theater arts program for individuals with
cognitive disabilities. Call 619-647-4958 or

Ability Dances - adaptive dance program for children with physical
disabilities. Location: The Dance Place San Diego in Point Loma. 
Contact Anna Dewey at
abilitydances@gmail.com or (617) 571-2446.

Chaperoned Trips for Adults with Disabilities  based in California,
but will work with people from all over the country.


Helen Woodward Animal Center Therapeutic Riding 858-756-0667.

Ivey Ranch Park - Recreational activities, Therapeutic horseback riding,
daycare and respite care. Call 760-722-4839.

San Diego Hippotherapy - Lakeside call 760-440-0286.

Occupational and physical therapy to children and adults with

neuromusculoskeletal dysfunctions, using the movement of horses. 

Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship in La Mesa. Call 619-469-9544 or
email phorsemanship@aol.com.  

Magic Horse Therapeutic Riding Center in Lakeside - 619-672-6935

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy or Learning Programs - 760-519-0310
or 949-293-3330.

Culture Shock Dance Studio
- Old Town call 619-299-2110.


Positive Action Community Theatre - life skills through expressive arts for
kids with autism and other special needs in the North County. 760-815-8512

Movement & Music for Boys & Girls with Special Needs
 in Golden Hills.
Call LaTanya at 619-980-5246 for details.

Music Therapy Center of California
- 877-620-7688.


Eveoke Dance Theatre - San Diego call 619-238-1153.

Pioneers Club offers hands on activities for individuals with developmental
challenges through fine and performing arts, educational enrichment and
socially responsible micro enterprises. Call 858-350-6002.


Piano Lessons for children with special needs.  Contact Kathryn
Campion at 760-274-3867 or kathryncampion@yahoo.com


Did you know that Power Beach Wheelchairs are available at
Mission Beach at the Lifeguard Station next to the roller coaster?
Summer hours are Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri 1130am-430pm and Sat,
Sun from 1130am-530pm. Manual Beach Wheelchairs are
available at La Jolla Shores, Ocean Beach and South Pacific Beach
year-round at the lifeguard stations. For more information, call
619-525-8247 or 619-525-8249TDD.

Did you know that San Diego Zoo, Sea World & Legoland offer
FOR A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY? You just need to show a
doctor's note that states the person has a disability and needs
supervision while in the community.

The Access Pass is for US citizens with a permanent disability - It provides
access to, and use of, any Federal recreation site that charges an Entrance
or Standard Amenity Fee.

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