Resources

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California is a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive and respected members of society through sports training and competition. They provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
Visit their website here.

Regional Center

The Regional Center provides service options for those with special needs and their caregivers. Contacting Regional Center will help set you in the right direction of where to go for childcare, education, work services, independent living, group homes, support services, transportation, and much much more.
http://www.dds.ca.gov/rc/ProgramSvcs.cfm/

Ability First

Ability First provides work study, programs, day activities, camps, etc. They also have group homes and work centers to help foster independence.
http://www.abilityfirst.org/

Down Syndrome Association of Orange County

DSAOC includes a diverse portfolio of help for those with Down Syndrome and their parents/caregivers, including pre-birth counseling and advice for parents expecting a child with DS. They give seminars and support groups, as well as annual fundraisers and activities for children with DS.
http://www.dsaoc.org

Surfer’s Healing

A (free) summer camp for children with autism, providing a unique form of therapy through teaching the children to surf.
http://www.surfershealing.com

USC Best Buddies Program

Best Buddies gives a one-on-one support system for people with disabilities. The program helps encourage those with limited social skills to expand their horizons. This service is provided in high schools, colleges, and job settings.
http://www.bestbuddies.org

United Cerebral Palsy

UCP helps families with children of all varieties of special needs, not only cerebral palsy. They provide a large number of services including therapies, early intervention, family support, recreation, childcare and respite services.
http://www.ucp-oc.org/UCP

Shea Center

Therapeutic horseback riding, developed to the specific special needs of the small group of children. “The primary goals of these classes are increased body awareness, sequencing & judgment skills, attention span, cause and effect, motor coordination, spatial awareness, and early learning skills.”
http://www.sheacenter.org