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.
 Learn more at ucpla.org 


 

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.

Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra (DSES) is dedicated to changing the lives of disabled children and adults and their families by  offering year-round outdoor sports and activities utilizing  adaptive equipment and expert instruction.   Activities are   customized to each individual and are offered for private as well as group instruction.
 

  
  
ICAN California Abilities Network creates job opportunities 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.

  

  
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!
  


Switzer Learning Center was founded in 1966 by Dr. Janet Switzer to provide an innovative educational therapy program to students with learning disabilities.
  Today Switzer provides special education classes and clinical services to students from elementary school to
                                                                        young adulthood.
 
 

 
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. 


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