Programs We Support

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara supports more than a thousand individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout five counties in Southern California each day. Among these programs are four Adult Day Programs that help UCPLA’s program participants develop skills and independence throughout the course of their lives. 
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With each new milestone reached, with each new friendship made, with each new challenge met Pediatric Therapy Network is there; empowering families, touching lives and bringing hope. Located in Torrance, PTN services include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, Camp Escapades, Early Head Start, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Social Skills and Community Integration.

For over 67 years, AbilityFirst Camp Paivika has brought the joys and benefits of sleep-away camp to thousands of children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities. While campers enjoy a full range of traditional camp activities like swimming, horseback riding, talent shows, and arts and crafts, their families enjoy valuable respite and a chance to relax and reconnect with friends and families.

Located in Hermosa Beach, Golden Heart Ranch provides programs that promote vital skills for future employment success, personal interactions and growing independence for kids, teens, and young adults with special needs in the South Bay. Programs include Social and Life Skills, Challenger Baseball League, Track Club, Supper Club, Cooking and Dance Classes, Urban Adventure, and year-round camps.

Since 2008, Special Children’s League has funded innovative programs for students with special needs in the Palos Verdes Unified School District. These grants have included assistive technology, sensory equipment, special programs and educational tools to help meet the unique needs of these students. Our goal is to provide opportunities, enhance learning, and increase acceptance of students with special needs within the general education setting.


Ride to Fly is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding and the associated learning experiences to children and adults with disabilities in a safe, nurturing environment, serving the South Bay since 1994. Riding exercises the spirit as well as the body. The horse has the wonderful ability to allow the rider to unconditionally bond and form a loving friendship, promoting trust. And perhaps most importantly of all... it is fun!

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) was founded in 1983 (as California Handicapped Skiers) to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities. The USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation. In 1989, the USARC established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain Resort. Adaptive watersports and summer camping programs were added in 1993 and continue to evolve today.