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Accessibility Mornings at the Fleet
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 Rear Window closed-captioning for all films in the Giant Dome Theater.

Fleet Science Center
1875 El Prado, SD, 92101

Accessibility Mornings at the New Children’s Museum
As soon as our programs are reinstated, we look forward to welcoming families with special needs back for Accessibility Mornings. Please find resources and updated information on our website.
200 W Island Ave., SD 92101

Adaptive Sports and Recreation Association
Year-round league sports, mentor program, recreational sports for children and adults with physical disabilities, and Junior Adaptive Sports Camp.

Adventure Ski and Snowboard School
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.
Encinitas, CA 92024

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.

AmpSurf Adaptive Surfing
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.

Aqua Pros Swim School
Special Abilities program customized for children with special needs. Pool Pals program designed 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 dancers with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying dance and 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 at their own pace and watch a movie in the giant screen theater with lower volume and more light. Quiet room open from 9 a.m. to noon if visitors need to decompress. RSVP online.
1788 El Prado, SD, 92101

Autism-Friendly Playtime at La Mesa Library
Special library playtime where children with ASD are not expected to act according to typical library rules.
8074 Allison Ave.
La Mesa, CA 91942

Autism-Friendly Sensory Storytime
Inclusive, interactive story hour designed for young children on the spectrum and their families; sometimes includes music and sensory play.
Civic Center Library Children’s Reading Corner
330 N Coast Hwy.
Oceanside, CA 92054

AYSO VIP (Very Important Players) Soccer 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 limitations. 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
Fosters friendships with activities (fashion shows, camps and more) aimed at teen girls with Autism, ASD and social challenges.

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

Bridge to the Beach Program
Provides 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.

Bubbles Swim School
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.
10369 Campo Rd.
Spring Valley, CA 91978

Cardiff Soccer By the Sea
Mustangs Champions League Soccer program designed for special needs athletes of all ages and abilities to participate in the joy of playing soccer.

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

Challenged Sailors San Diego
Therapeutic and recreational adaptive sailing opportunities for fun and independence.
955 Harbor Island Dr.
SD, 92101

Cheryl’s Place, Montevalle Park
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 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.
5178 Japatul Spur
Alpine, 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

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 teaches the basics of ballet and creative movement in a fun and inviting atmosphere to girls ages 4-8 with special needs. Dancers have the opportunity to perform in a 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 classes incorporate 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 class is designed for young children with special needs to express themselves through dance, 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.
SD, 92104

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
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.
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

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

Exceptional Kids at Scripps Performing Arts Academy
New pilot program in dance and musical theater 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 for those in need.

9920 Scripps Lake Dr. #105
SD, 92131

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 Rancho Peñasquitos
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. Instructors with special needs training teach in a salt-purified pool.
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 Theater Arts Program
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
2031 El Cajon Blvd.
SD, 92104

Get Air Trampoline Park —A Special Time for You
Dedicated time just 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. Sibling jumpers welcome.
12160 Community Rd.
Poway, CA 92064

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 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)

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. See schedule on website and Facebook.
San Diego: 619-432-4359
Oceanside: 760-606-4359

Isadora Now Dance with All Abilities
Dance class for ages 5 and up who thrive in an inclusive setting. Curriculum developed by Heather Shershun, who is certified to teach movement to people with disabilities.
Lawrence Family JCC
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

Jas Arnold Trail for All People
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
14895 Carmel Valley Rd.
SD, 92129

JCompany Youth Theatre
Award-winning, inclusive theater program guided and inspired by seasoned professionals in the theater industry for kids 4-18, regardless of gender, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or economic status. Offers a variety of classes and performance, scholarship and outreach opportunities.
4126 Executive Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037

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 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, 858-207-6088
851 Showroom Pl.
Chula Vista, CA 91914
2865 Sims Rd.
SD, 92106, 619-573-9625

La Costa Youth Organization, Champions Division
Baseball program for ages 5-23 with medical or physical disabilities. Champions players are paired with a peer buddy selected to match his or her needs. Games are shorter, with just two innings and guaranteed at-bats. Games played in Carlsbad.

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
A special programming strand of this annual festival includes musicians with Autism and other disabilities.
404 Euclid Ave. #301, SD, 92114

Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra
Inclusive music education and performance organization for ages 3–23 including master class and outreach opportunities. Auditions required; students from neuro-diverse communities welcome.
404 Euclid Ave. #301, SD, 92114

Mesa Rim Adaptive Climbing Programs
Provides an adaptive climbing team for ages 16 & up with physical disability, a small group youth Autism program, deaf and hard-of-hearing program, and a program for climbers with Hemophilia.
405 Camino del Rio S.
SD, 92108

Miracle League of San Diego
Inclusive baseball league for ages 5 and up 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.
Engel Family Field
1628 Lomas Santa Fe Dr.
Del Mar, CA 92014
Green Field
7th & G Ave.
Coronado, CA 92118

Mira Mesa AYSO VIP Soccer Program
Provides a quality soccer experience for individuals whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams.

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

Mountain High Adaptive Skiing
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.

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

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

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

Palomar Pop Warner Challenger Division
Flag football rules with modifications 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.
San Marcos, CA

Palomar Stars Pop Warner Cheer
Football cheer program for ages 5-18 who are enrolled in school and have physical or mental disabilities.
San Marcos, CA

Personal and Leisure Services (PALS)
The Arc of San Diego program that 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.

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

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

Roll to Success
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.

Salvation Army Kroc Center Aquatics
Offers adaptive swimming lessons designed for children with special needs, with emphasis on children with Autism. Private lessons include four 30-minute sessions.
6845 University Ave., SD, 92115
619-269-1506 (Simonne Call)

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. 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 designed for children ages 7–12 with unique physical needs.
Casa del Prado Building
1650 El Prado #209
Balboa Park, SD, 92101

San Diego Ice Arena
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.
11048 Ice Skate Pl., SD, 92126

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.

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
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.
San Diego Central Library
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 basketball in a fun, non-competitive environment, some with “buddies” (mentors).
274 Pico Ave.
San Marcos, CA 92069

South Bay Little League Challenger Division
Special division of Little League for players 4-18 (up to age 22 if still enrolled in school) with a physical or intellectual challenge.
1500 Max Ave.
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Special Fishies Aquatic Freedom and Education
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.

Special Olympics of Southern California/SD County
Offers free, year-round sports training and competition for all with intellectual disabilities. Develops improved physical fitness, self-confidence and a 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 friendships.
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 available for swimmers who want to compete. Pre-registration 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 7 and 18 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.
San Diego: 858-385-1600
Carlsbad: 760-930-9300

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!

Tap Fever Studios
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.
2146 Garnet Ave.
SD, 92109

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.
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

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

USSD 4S Ranch 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.
10449 Reserve Dr. #141
SD, 92127

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

Vista Girls Softball Spirit Division
Team sport experience for boys and girls with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Every player in the Spirit Division is provided a typical buddy who helps and encourages them to learn softball skills.
1851 S Melrose Dr.
Vista, CA 92081

Wheelchair Dancers Org.
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.
Countywide, 858-292-9622

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