Programs We Support

United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties supports more than a thousand individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout five counties in Southern California.  Among these programs are four day programs that help participants develop skills and independence throughout the course of their lives. Learn more at


AbilityFirst Camp Paivika has brought the joys and benefits of sleep-away camp to thousands of children and adults with developmental and physical disabilities since 1947. Delivered with nurturing support, campers enjoy a full range of traditional camp activities like swimming, horseback riding, talent shows, and arts and crafts.  Their families enjoy valuable respite from the rigors of providing 24/7 care and a chance to relax and reconnect with friends and families.

Established in 1982, Able ARTS Work’s mission is “Love Before Learning. Learn for Life”.  Their vision is to provide life-long learning, community   service, and vocational opportunities through the creative arts for people with disabilities of all ages. Programs include: Adult Day Programs, Galleries and Exhibitions, Creative Health and Wellness Clinics, Accessible Art   Workshops, and ArtBeat Radio.

Exceptional Minds is an animation studio and digital arts school for young adults who fall on the autism spectrum. A non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, Exceptional Minds trains and places students in animation and visual effects jobs in the film industry. But the program goes far beyond technical training. It teaches social and collaborative skills, helps students feel confident in their ability to succeed, and enables them to become more self-sufficient.

ICAN California Abilities Network creates job opportunities, provides job coaching and preparation training, and helps find employment for people with developmental disabilities.  With their recently launched Marketplace Initiative, ICAN continues to grow, improving the lives of more and more disabled individuals, empowering people with disabilities to say “I Can”.

Since 2008, SCL has funded innovative programs for students with special needs in South Bay school districts. 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.

Partners for Pediatric Vision turns possibilities into achievements for children with visual impairment and multiple disabilities.  Providing a critical link between healthcare, education and support services, they focus on increasing each family’s understanding of their child’s visual impairment and help them to identify and partner with sources of support. They envision a world where all children with visual impairment have equal access to the healthcare, education and support they need to be successful in life.


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 to many.  PTN services    include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Camp Escapades, Early Head Start, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Respite, Telehealth, Social Skills, and Community Integration programs.

Ride to Fly is 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 important of all... it is fun!


Switzer Learning Center, founded in 1966, provides an innovative educational therapy program to students with learning disabilities. The Center serves students from elementary school to young adulthood, offering therapeutic services, autism programs, enrichment classes and extracurricular activities.  The Spectrum Autism Program works to improve students’ functional living skills and social, emotional, and relationship    development using guided participation and community-based learning activities.

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center was founded in 1983 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. The USARC runs an adaptive ski school at Bear Mountain Resort, in addition to adaptive watersports and summer camping programs.


Founded in 2017 by a local Palos Verdes mom, We Are Brave Together provides respite, community, and mentoring for mothers caring for children of any age with disabilities, special needs, medical or mental health challenges. Through educational workshops, support groups, retreats, and inspirational events, We Are Brave Together is a supportive community serving over five hundred moms of children with special needs.