Adaptive Action Sports
Adaptive Action Sports was founded by action sports athletes to create skateboard, snowboard, wakeboard and Motocross camps, events and programs for veterans, youth and young adults living with permanent physical disabilities. They believe and encourage individuality and creativity while building independence and self-confidence.
Adaptive Adventures is now in its 12th year of creating life-changing opportunities for people with physical disabilities. Adaptive Adventures opens the door to hope and allows people to realize their dreams. Program participants enjoy fresh air, rushing water, and abundant sunshine as they glide down ski slopes, cut through the water in a kayak or wakeboard, or bike through the Rocky Mountains and along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Athletes Helping Athletes-Roadrunner Sports
Since 2000, Athletes Helping Athletes has provided handcycles to over 625 children with disabilities. AHA is also supporting handcycle programs throughout the U.S.
Barnes Tennis Center
Barnes Tennis Center has an active Wheelchair Program for adults and juniors of all levels. This Center offers a tennis program with friendly instructors who are happy to work with disabled beginners, intermediate or advanced players.
Big Fun is the ultimate playground for special needs individuals of all ages.
Contact: Dan Hurley
Blazesports is a nonprofit organization that advances the lives of youth and adults with physical disability through sports and healthy lifestyles. BlazeSports provides sports training, competitions, summer camps and other sports and recreational opportunities for youth and adults with spinal cord injury, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, muscular dystrophy, amputation, visual impairment or blindness, as well as other physical disabilities.
Boundless Playgrounds, Inc. is the nation’s leading nonprofit developer of truly inclusive playgrounds where children – and adults – of all abilities can play together in a fun and welcoming environment.
Website: Website is not up and running. Visit them on Facebook.
Challenge Air for Kids and Friends, a not-for-profit organization, offers motivational, inspirational and life-changing experiences to physically challenged children and youth through aviation.
Challenged America: Adaptive Sailing for Adults and Kids with Disabilities
The Challenged America Program offers sailing as a therapeutic activity to individuals with disabilities, their loved ones and healthcare and rehabilitation professionals.
Challenged Athlete Association
A unique organization that recognizes the athletic greatness inherent in all people with physical challenges and supports their athletic endeavors by providing grants for training, competition and equipment needs.
Phone: 858-866-0959, ext. 109
Contact: Julian White
Grant period: September 1 to December 1 each year. You'll find the application on the website.
Challenge Aspen is dedicated to impacting lives by presenting meaningful recreational, cultural and educational experiences to individuals faced with cognitive or physical challenges. The aim of Challenge Aspen is to carefully orchestrate life changing adventures, giving participants the courage to learn something new, trust their own abilities and carry that ideal forward, reaching toward goals in other areas of their lives.
Phone: (970) 923-0578
Fax: (970) 923-7338
The Challenge Center is committed to providing skilled physical therapy and specialized fitness and wellness programs to rehabilitate realize the highest level of independence and improve the quality of like for children, adults and seniors with severe physical disabilities, as well as their families and caregivers.
City Provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Services include therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities which address the special needs of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty accessing and participating in recreation opportunities offered to the general public.
Phone: 858-756-4117, ext. 319
An innovative after-school and summer mentorship club dedicated to assisting children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Club Xcite also offers summer camp programs.
Contact: Matt Winkley
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures
Common Ground Outdoor Adventures' mission is to provide life-enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. We provide adaptive equipment and support, which enable people with disabilities to participate in outdoor recreation alongside their peers. These experiences reduce stereotypes, raise awareness, and empower people to realize their full potential. Our trips are not only accessible physically but also financially.
Phone: (435) 713-0288
Fax: (435) 713-2108
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is a volunteer-based nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families. We believe the freedom and exhilaration of outdoor challenges changes lives. No one should be left behind simply because of a disability!
Phone Number: (760) 934-0791
A Karate program located in Rancho Penasquitos that has classes for kids with special needs.
Phone: (858) 484-4747
FlagHouse is a premier global supplier of equipment and resources for physical education, sports, fitness, and recreation and for health, special needs, special education, sensory integration, and multisensory environments. We offer more than 20,000 innovative and quality products and solutions to enhance the lives of people of all ages and abilities.
Grossmont Adaptive Aquatics
Provides a Splash H20 program. Special kids learn aquatic skills.
Classes are offered on Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays.
Located in Oceanside, this gym teaches gymnastics to kids with special needs.
Phone Number: (760) 941-0202
Heart of Sailing
Heart of Sailing introduces sailing to children with developmental disabilities as a form of education and recreational therapy.
Ivey Ranch Park is dedicated to encourage the interaction of disabled and able bodied children, of all ages, by providing educational and recreational activities. Since 1983 we have served children and adults with disabilities but will not exclude the able bodied, since integration, inclusion and interaction are important components of our program. Currently over two thirds of our children here at the Ivey Ranch Child Development Center have moderate to severe disabilities which include behavioral disorders, genetic disorders, and disabilities caused by accident or trauma. School age children come for after school, summer and off-track care. The Center also operates a preschool, in-home respite services, and summer camp.
Phone: (760) 722-4839
KIT-Kids Included Together
KIT stands for Kids Included Together, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was founded in San Diego, California in 1997. The mission of Kids Included Together is to support recreational, child development and youth development programs that include children with and without disabilities. KIT's goals are to enrich the lives of all who participate and to increase understanding and acceptance of disabilities as a natural part of life.
Mindful Balance-Adaptive Yoga
This adaptive class focuses on individuals living with mobility disabilities, such as partial or total paralysis, amputation, severe spinal cord injury, severe arthritis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, head injury, spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
Mountain High Adaptive Ski and Snowboarding Lessons
Welcome to the Mountain High Adaptive Program! Our mission is to help disabled skiers develop new skills and build self-confidence. We strive to create an atmosphere which produces positive physical, psychological and therapeutic results. We serve students with a variety of disabilities including the blind, deaf, amputees, post polio, spina bifida, birth defects, paralysis, cerebral palsy and cognitive disability. At Mountain High, Adaptive Lessons are taught by private format (one on one or two on one) under the supervision of the Mountain High Winter Sports School. The instructors are PSIA trained in adaptive ski techniques.
National Ability Center
The National Ability Center is committed to the development of lifetime skills for people of all ages and abilities by providing affordable outdoor sports and recreational experiences in a nurturing environment. The objective of these experiences is to build self-esteem, confidence and physical development, thereby enhancing active participation in all aspects of community life. As a national role model, the Center promotes the concept of ability through integration, public awareness and education.
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
NCPAD is an information center concerned with physical activity and disability. Our goal is to provide you with options and information to help you pursue whatever kind of activity you think you would enjoy.
National Sports Center for the Disabled
National Sports Center for the Disabled's mission is to positively impact the lives of people with any physical or mental challenge through quality adaptive recreation programs in over 20 sports.
Contact: Kati Bohall
Orion Marital Arts
Orion Martial Arts, located in San Marcos, proudly presents a class for students with special needs. All children are welcomed and embraced! A structured class that meets the needs of kids with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, developmental disabilities, etc. Students are taught to defend themselves, work together and succeed!
Contact: Laura Gomez
Palomar Pop Warner Challenger Flag Football
Challenger Football is designed for children with disabilities to enjoy sports and cheer just like everyone else.
Contact: Nicole Turner, Challenger Coordinator
The following website should be helpful to those who are responsible for educating students with various disabilities.
Rubios Dance Studio-Arms Wide Open Class
This is a special needs dance and movement class for special needs children/adults. In this class the Instructor will guide the students on a creative journey through dance movement and percussion. This class enables a dancer with special needs to learn and work at their own pace while enjoying and appreciating dance and perform choreography. "Arms Wide Open" classes are a community outreach. These classes are free of charge.
Phone Number: 619-579-6197
San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation
Provides adaptive sports programs year-round. San Diego Adaptive Sports Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical disabilities through sports and recreation.
San Diego Regional Center
Serving people with disabilities in San Diego and Imperial Counties. See Sports on their website.
Website: www.sdrc.org/c_res_recreation_sports.php of San Diego Parks and Recreation-Therapeutic Recreation Services
SDSU Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilites
The Fitness Clinic for Individuals with Disabilities is designed to help those in the San Diego community with disabilities to maximize their level of fitness.
Contact: Jan Thurman
Shooting Stars Basketball
Shooting Stars Basketball was created for children with disabilities to learn and enjoy the game of basketball. This inclusive program is designed for children with a variety of disabilities (including autism, Down syndrome, and other physical and mental disabilities).
Contact: Rick Clark
SPORTS for Exceptional Athletes
SPORTS for exceptional athletes (S4EA) is a new sports program serving athletes with developmental disabilities age 5 through adult in San Diego County.
Summer Camp for Kids with Disabilities
Please refer to Exceptional Family Resource Center website at www.efronline.org. This valuable resource receives many inquiries about recreational activities and summer camps for children with special needs and has developed a resource list on its website.
The Miracle League
The Miracle League is a charitable organization that provides children with mental and/or physical challenges with opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league.
Tierrasanta Ayso Region 152 Soccer Vip Program
The AYSO VIP program provides a quality soccer experience for children and adults whose physical or mental disabilities make it difficult to successfully participate on mainstream teams. All VIP players have the opportunity to play a minimum of one-half of each game.
Phone: (858) 999-0294
UCLA Recreation Center - Adaptive Recreation
UCLA Adaptive Recreation is committed to providing innovative services, educational resources, and adaptive equipment and programming to individuals with disabilities.
Contact: Jamie Hoffman
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer
US Youth Soccer TOPSoccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with 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. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.
USARC-US Adaptive Recreation Center
Offers summer and winter adaptive recreation programs and camps.
Phone: (909) 584-0269
United States Paralympics
U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is dedicated to becoming the world leader in the Paralympic sports movement and promoting excellence in the lives of people with physical disabilities. Since its formation in 2001, U.S. Paralympics has been inspiring Americans to achieve their dreams. Through education, sports programs and partnerships with community organizations, medical facilities and government agencies, U.S. Paralympics is making a difference in the lives of thousands of physically disabled people every day.
Vista Girls Spirit Softball Division
Softball program for boys and girls ages 5-17 with physical and/or intellectual disabilities.
Contact Person: Faygene Barber
Winter Ski Programs:
Check with your local ski resort for adaptive ski programs. A number of ski resorts offer adaptive ski programs with one-on-one instruction and adaptive ski equipment for cerebral palsy patients. Local resorts include Bear Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Heavenly Valley. Visit www.usarc.org for a listing of programs.
A program which offers ballroom and latin dancing for people with disabilities.
Phone: (858) 573-1571