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Please Note: These resources are provided solely for your consideration. The Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles makes no endorsement of any agency or their services.


Ahead With Horses
Jennifer Richards
9311 Del Arroyo Dr
Sun Valley, CA 91352
Tel: 818-767-6373
Services Provided: Developmental therapy through horses. We are a developmental therapy through the use of horses and the environment. Ahead With Horses serves children age 10 and under with severe and multiple disabilities. We teach vaulting (gymnastic on a moving horse) and our lessons are private for 1/2 hour, modified for the individual and their needs.

A Million Ways
Adaptive Martial Arts
Gavin Espinosa’s ATA Martial Arts
25844 Hemingway Avenue,
Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381
Tel: 661-255-7438
Services offered: Group or individual martial arts instruction to people with special needs

Antelope Valley Special Olympics
44851 Lorimar Avenue; Lancaster, CA 93534
Tel: 661- 945-6210
Services Provided: Activities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, basketball, volleyball, swimming, bowling, track and field, softball, gymnastics, roller skating, tennis.

Tel: 800-872-2976 or 310-643-6455
Services Provided: 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. VIP teams may include those who are
• Blind or visually impaired
• Amputees or conditions that impair mobility
• Intellectual and emotional disabilities
• Autism
• Down syndrome
• Cerebral Palsy
These kids are Very Important Players (VIP) in AYSO. They recognize that all children need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. The VIP program offers that acceptance and carries our philosophy of Everyone Plays® to new heights - giving everyone a chance to play.

Big Fun
Call for locations 1-877-244-3868
Tel. 310-837-7849

Boy Scouts of America
Therapy & recreational services for children with special needs
42402 10th Street West, Suite G
Lancaster, CA 93534
Tel: 661- 942-0582
Services Provided: Youth Recreation and Leadership, Camping
Youth education in leadership and self-reliance, outdoor education and recreation, outdoor education and recreation, day camps for boys (grades 1 through 5), summer camp for members (boys aged 11 through 20; girls aged 14 through 20), training for adult leaders of scouting programs, year-round programs, activities and events, mental and physical fitness.

Broadway Gymnastics School
Ose Dalldorf, M.A. Director Of Spec. Ed.
5433 Beethoven St.
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Tel: 310-450-0012, ext 32
Services Provided: Classes for Individuals with Special Needs since 1978. Ages 1.5 through adulthood.
Therapeutic Gymnastics: Motor skill development, Strength, balance, coordination, and agility, Sensory integration, Focus and attention, Learning ability, Speech and language development, Social skills, Emotional balance, confidence, and self-esteem. Building Life Skills through gymnastics, sports, and fitness!

California Pool of Hope
Pat Dixon
6801 Long Beach Bl.
Long Beach, CA 90805
Tel: 310-537-2224
Services Provided: Warm Water Exercise Therapy - We provide water exercise, therapy and recreational swimming for people with disabilities and injuries.

City of L.A. Dept. of Recreation & Park

City of Palmdale
38260 10th St. East; Palmdale, CA 93550
Tel: 661-267-5611
Services Provided: Department of Parks and Recreation
Recreation programs/activities, special events, youth and adult sports programs, day camps/afterschool programs, various recreational classes, bus excursions, teen activities, senior citizen activities, special events.

Girl Scouts Joshua Tree Council
40015 Sierra Hwy, Suite B-100
Palmdale, CA 93550
Tel: 800-520-5711
Services Provided: Programs for girls ages 5-17, girls with disabilities are welcome, special troops/groups can be formed, summer Activities program, special events.

Happy Me Yoga
Lucia Cordeiro Drever
Tel: 626-437-4011
Services Provided: Happy Me Yoga was founded by Lucia Cordeiro Drever. Lucia is a certified Yoga instructor who spent 6 months in India studying Yoga: a lifelong lesson. She currently studies Yoga with Robert Birnberg. Lucia is certified to teach children with disabilities by the Yoga for the Special Child program, and certified to teach school-aged children (and classroom teachers) by the YogaEd.

High Spirits Dancers
Lynnette Adamas, MA
Pasadena, CA
Tel: 626-399-5789

KEEN Los Angeles
601 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 2500
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Tel: 213-892-2935
Services provided: KEEN program are open, unstructured and flexible. With the help of their volunteer coaches, KEEN athletes can participate in a variety of non-competitive activities, including soccer, basketball, bowling, gymnastic and various adaptive activities.

Lancaster Parks & Recreaction Dept.
44933 N. Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
Tel: 661-723-6077
Services Provided: Various programs for parks, recreation and arts, afterschool programs.

L.A. County Parks & Recreation

Los Angeles School of Gymnastics
Tanya Garber
8450 Higuera St.
Culver City, CA 90232
Tel: 310-204-1980
Services Provided: Hand/eye coordination, body awareness, physical development, strength coordination gymnastics. Call for other locations

Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation Center
Tel: 213-738-2955 (Exec. Office)
Areas Covered
Apollo Park, Lancaster; George Lane Park, Quartz Hill; Jackie Robinson Park, Littlerock; Pearblossom Park
Services Provided: Recreation Sports camps, teen and senior's programs, games, arts, crafts. Will accommodate developmentally disabled

Queue Up
Theraputic Horseback Riding Program
5543 Leeds Street
South Gate, CA 90280
Tel: 323-569-2026
Services Provided: Queue-Up, Inc. therapeutic horseback riding program will provide enjoyment as well as therapy for those with physical and mental disabilities which include Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Paraplegia, Down Syndrome, Developmental Delay, Neurodevelopment Dysfunction, Learning or Languages Disabilities, Autism, Aggressive Behavior or Mild Emotionally Disturbed and Mental Retardation Mild to Severe with the technique used, the usage of large animals as therapeutic mechanism will enhance the physical endurance, balance, coordination, postural control and muscle strengths. It has also helped to provide social readiness and social interaction.

Riverside Special Olympics
Rick Bromley
18907 Crop Road
Riverside, CA 92504
Tel: 951-202-7260
Areas covered: Riverside to Moreno Valley
Services Provided: Bocce, Floor Hockey, Softball, Bowling, Athletics, Aquatics, Volleyball, Soccer

The Soulful Child Yoga
Jeannine *Gigi* Chiarello
Certified Yoga Instructor for Children with Special Needs
Tel: 310.560.9089
Service Provided: Assisting children with Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Challenges and ADD/ADHD in their discovery of their own yoga practice.

Special Olympics Southern California
Kris Drummond, Regional Director
Orange and Riverside Counties
2080 N. Tustin Ave Suite B
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Tel: 714-564-8374
Services Provided: Special Olympics Southern California provides sports training and competition in 23 Olympic-type events to more than 11,000 individuals with intellectual disabilities, and for 35 years has worked toward making improvements in their lives. Participation is open to athletes from 8 to 80- years, and is completely free of charge to the athletes and their families.

San Gabriel Special Olympics
Ruth Gaskin - Area Director
1809 East Cortez Street #113
West Covina, CA 91791
Tel: 626-332-1530
Area covered Irwindale to Covina
Services Provided: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Golf"

Special Olympics Southern California - Tri-Valley
Laura Mayo, Regional Director
Wendy Lorton, Sports Manager
24779 Valley Street
Newhall, CA 91321
Tel: 818.342.0017
Services Provided: Geography includes: San Fernando Valley, Burbank, Glendale, Calabasas, Agoura and surrounding communities Santa Clarita 24779 Valley St., Santa Clarita, Ca 661-253-2121 Antelope Valley 44851 Loremer Ave., Lancaster 661-945-6210 Sports Offered in the Tri Valley Area: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Golf, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Soccer, Softball, Speed Skating, Tennis

Special Adventures
PO Box 10885
Eugene, Oregon 97440
Tel: 1-800-686-1013
All-inclusive vaction packages for travelers with developmental disabilities. All trips include transportation from Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

UCLA Recreation
Jamie Hoffman, CTRS, Adaptive & Aquatics Program Coordinator
Tel: 310-825-1059
Services provided: UCLA Recreation provides therapeutically-based recreation programs for people with cognitive and physical disabilities that expand their access to opportunities that promote physical fitness, health and wellness, increased self-esteem, and greater functional independence.

Western San Bernardino Special Olympics Information
Area Director: Jeanette Skinner
214 N. Palm, Suite 204
Rialto, CA 92376
Tel: 909-820-2612 ext. 2310
Areas Served: Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Chino and Upland
Services Provided: Aquatics, Athletics, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Floor Hockey, Golf, Gymnastics, Power lifting, Roller-skating, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball.


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