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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.
SD, 92195


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. They have helped train coaches and athletes for Special Olympics, the visually impaired, people with ASD, and those with many physical disabilities.
Encinitas, CA 92024


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.


A Night to Remember Prom
A prom honoring students ages 15-22 with special needs. Guests get hair/make-up done, limo rides, and walk down the red carpet (with “paparazzi”) before entering the dance/dinner. It’s a night of integration as each student with special needs is partnered with a typical San Diego high school student who serves as their host.


AquaNuts Swimming
Fun swim lessons for all ages in your pool by a special education teacher, lifeguard and highly accredited American Red Cross swim instructor.


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


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 and appreciating dance and performing choreography. Free of charge.
237 East Main St.
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. They may explore galleries at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with a lower volume and higher light levels. The Museum also offers a quiet room from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. Please RSVP in advance online.
1788 El Prado, Balboa Park
SD, 92101


Autism Accessibility and Hearing-Impaired Offerings at the Fleet
Adults and 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, once a month. Also, 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


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


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 helps nurture creative talents and abilities by exposing them to a variety of enriching activities and events that inspire imagination, enhance creativity and entertain. Full working ranch with rescued animals and a guest house with rooms for optional overnight stay.
18030 Highland Valley Rd.
Ramona, CA 92065


Challenged America: Adaptive Sailing for Kids and Adults
All volunteer sailing program complete with adaptive equipment that allows persons with physical disabilities the chance to learn to sail.
955 Harbor Island Dr. #130
SD, 92101


Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
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 Choir/Voices in Unity
Free, inclusive K-6 children’s and 7th–12th grade youth choirs led by Soprano Lynn Mendoza-Khan. Children participate in spring and fall semester vocal and performance lessons and choir practice culminating in a final performance at semester’s end. No prior choral experience necessary.
First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego
4190 Front St.
SD, 92103


Children’s Nature Retreat
20-acre, ranch-style animal retreat and farm. Home to over 80 domesticated livestock from around the world to encourage children to learn and foster an appreciation for animals, nature, sustainable farming and the ecosystem. Reservations for specific groups with special needs. Birthday parties available.
5178 Japatul Spur
Alpine, CA 91901


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

SD, 92128


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 Therapy with Addie’s AutismFitt and MetroDanceSD
MetroDanceSD instructors are partnered with an Addie’s OT/PT to teach children how to dance. Classes incorporate tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, contemporary, hip hop, break dancing, tumbling, hula and tumbling.
7850 Mission Center Ct. #100
SD, 92108
861 Harold Pl. #205
Chula Vista, CA 91914


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 dance environment at Dance Place San Diego. Teaching artists provide a weekly dance class that incorporates fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, musicality, self-expression and pattern sequencing.
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


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


Easter Seals of Southern California
Summer camp at Big Bear; for ages 9 months and up.
1035 E. Valley Pkwy.
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


Environmental Traveling Companions
Plans excursion trips (kayaking, rafting, skiing) for people with disabilities.
San Francisco, CA


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.
4th and C St.
Chula Vista, CA 91910


Family Karate
Karate programs for the physically challenged.
410 W. Felicita Ave. #K
Escondido, CA 92025
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


GB Productions’ STARS Program at North Park Vaudeville and 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. Meets weekly to learn and practice acting, directing and other theater skills. Actors perform in multiple productions throughout the year.
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
SD, 92104
619-647-4958 Tickets


Get Air
Recreational trampolines are a fun way for people of all ages and abilities to improve their vestibular system and balance. Must be able to jump on one’s own. Birthday parties available; discounts offered, depending on the day.
12160 Community Rd.
Poway, CA 92064
858-848-1AIR (1247)
2755 Dos Aarons Way
Vista, CA 92081


Green Field
Wheelchair accessible baseball field built by Miracle League.
7th & 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
Various activities including gentle fitness, arthritis aquatic program, aquacize, adaptive aquatics program, SPLASH and adaptive golf clinic. Including 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
30-minute class is designed for individuals of all ages who would like to learn how to ice skate. Skate rentals included with class. Coaches available for private lessons.
555 N. Tulip St.
Escondido, CA 92025


Include Autism Baseball League
Baseball inclusion program provides league experience to youth diagnosed with Autism. It raises Autism awareness throughout San Diego County by pairing teams from Include Autism with local youth baseball players. Promotes a fun, athletic experience for all involved. Held at Twin Trails Park in Rancho Peñasquitos.
625 Pennsylvania Ave.
SD, 92103
15318 Pomerado Rd.
Poway, CA 92064


InnerDancer Performing Arts
Peer and friendship centered social interaction and dance development program for all abilities. Weekly classes and inclusive performance opportunities.
8975 Lawrence Welk Dr. #13
Escondido, CA 92026


Jet Blue: Blue Horizons for Autism
Partnering with Autism Space, local organizations, Jet Blue has produced a video,“I Can Fly” Social Story-book, and yearly family events to help those with Autism/ASD confront fears and anxiety associated with flying. Dedicated line and web link for travelers with disabilities.


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


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


Provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment for San Diego families. Facilities offer the ideal setting for 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


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.


Little Miss Wheelchair California
Scholarship competition based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation. Its purpose is to select the most accomplished and articulate young lady to represent people living with disabilities in the general public, business community and government.


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


Miracle Movers Special Needs Dance Program, Performing Arts Workshop
Classes for children ages 2-8 with special needs focusing on creative movement therapy, mind body connection, spatial awareness exercises and dance vocabulary.
1465 Encinitas Blvd. #A102
Encinitas, CA 92024


Mountain High Adaptive Ski Program
Adaptive lessons are 1:1 under the supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. Instructors are PSIA trained in adaptive ski techniques to serve students ages 4 and up with a variety of disabilities.Students must be able to hold head upright and must maintain breathing on their own. Lessons are taught by reservation only and must be requested 72 hours in advance. Includes fitting of equipment.


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


The New Children’s Museum
Offers a safe, interactive and engaging environment in which children of all ages and abilities can participate in hands-on art-making experiences and other sensory activities.
200 W. Island Ave.
SD, 92101


North County Gymnastics and the Gyminny Kids
Classes are 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 five kids per instructor.
17022 Camino San Bernardo
SD, 92127


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


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


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


RE Spectrum Community
Soccer and recreational activities for San Diego area children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Committed to building community relationships for those with ASD.
7339 El Cajon Blvd. #J
La Mesa, 91942


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. The choir requires parents attend while children learn basic musicianship and vocal training.


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 environment a quiet and accepting setting.
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
Everybody has the opportunity to dance at SDCYB, as they embrace and celebrate the diversity of their students. Ballet for Me! is a classical ballet program specifically designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs. Join them in the heart of Balboa Park for class and discover the creativity that ballet inspires in every student.
1650 El Prado #209
Casa del Prado Building, Balboa Park, SD, 92101


San Diego Down Syndrome
Partners with local resources to provide unique recreational activities for families of children with Down Syndrome.
1736 Tavern Rd.
Alpine, CA 91901


San Diego Park and Rec—Therapeutic Recreation Services
Full range of 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
Community-based inclusive soccer program for ages 4 and up with physical or mental disabilities.
Rancho Bernardo High School
13010 Paseo Lucido
SD, 92128


Sensory-Friendly Films
Bi-monthly films with lowered sound and more light for kids with sensory needs.
AMC Mission Valley
640 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 4-11 who have difficulty in large groups, are on the Autism Spectrum, or experience sensory overload are welcome to this interactive monthly program. Books, songs, movement and therapeutic activities provide children with new skills and encourage peer interaction. Call to register as space is limited.
330 Park Blvd.
SD, 92101


Sing, Move and Play Music Academy
Offers 1:1 piano and group keyboard lessons from certified instructors for ages 3–adult. Music can help physical, emotional, intellectual and social development. Try Harmony Road group instruction (18 mos–11 yrs), an exciting, 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). Program at Corky Smith Gym. Sundays, October-January.
274 Pico Ave.
San Marcos, CA 92069


SpecialCare Travel
(See listing under Adaptive Equipment)


Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County
We offer free, year-round sports training and competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Participation 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 through shared sports and recreational activities.
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. All lessons are taught by experienced, certified swim 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


Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Paddle boarding is a great way to build core strength, aid in development of gross motor skills and attention and help develop dynamic balance skills. This is a great sensory processing activity for kids and will challenge vestibular, proprioceptive and tactile systems, aiding in strengthening and calming the child.
Addie’s AutismFitt Club
7850 Mission Center Ct. #100
SD, 92108
861 Harold Pl. #205
Chula Vista, CA 91914


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


Surfin Fire Surf School
Year-round, safe, individual and group surf lessons and camps in Oceanside, Encinitas and Carlsbad for all ages and most abilities by an Encinitas firefighter with swift water rescue certification and his trained staff. They provide surfboards and full wetsuits to all 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 are available.
16775 Bernardo Center Dr.
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). Focus is on social interaction, fitness, healthy lifestyles and great nutrition choices.
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. Their patience and expertise in computer science education helps students 8-18 engage in fun projects while becoming expert coders. Teachers and college mentors use familiar games like Minecraft and child-friendly programs to teach computer science and game design. Call for assessment.


TOPSoccer (Outreach program through La Jolla Youth Soccer)
Available to athletes ages 5–18 with a range of mental or physical challenges. Athletes are placed into groups based on ability, not age. All activities are designed based on the needs of the athletes.
3908 Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037


Traveler’s Aid
Makes arrangements for travelers with special needs. Provides special assistance for tourists, visitors and the homeless, and contacts friends and relatives, and offers crisis intervention on a limited basis.
1501 Imperial Ave., SD, 92101


Ultra Star 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 throw and catch balls with the players post game.
2845 Nimitz Blvd. #C
SD, 92106


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


We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym
Provides children of all ages and abilities with a fun and nurturing environment for open, safe play. Choose from swinging, jumping and zip line heaven in the main play space, creativity in the art room or calm time in sensory room. Classes, mini camps, private play and birthday parties available.
10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. #A128
SD, 92128


Wheelchair Dancers Organization
All classes are free and available to all ages and abilities interested in wheelchair dancing. Eight-week programs offered around San Diego in ballroom dance, Latin and other forms.


YMCA of San Diego County
Swim lessons, sports leagues, day camps and overnight camps for children preschool and up all summer long. Kids learn, grow and thrive making lasting friendships and memories. Children with special needs are always welcome at the Y.
3708 Ruffin Rd.
SD, 92123

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