Santa Maria Resources

  1. Tri Counties Regional Center

Tri-Counties Regional Center is one of twenty-one non-profit regional centers in California providing life long services and supports for people with developmental disabilities residing in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

TCRC provides person and family centered supports for individuals with developmental disabilities to maximize opportunities and choices for living, working, learning, and recreating in the community.

2.  Santa Barbara Special Needs Adaptive Program
This parent run website includes links to service organizations and resources, posting events, workshops, parent groups, camps, and clubs, recreation, and travel/vacation locations accessible to special needs. We serve and support these programs by bringing everything a parent would look for together in one place.

• Helps special needs families sort out information specific to their needs – education, recreation, support groups, etc.
• Encourages increased participation in existing programs and, I believe, expands opportunities for our children.
• Gives the special needs community a tool to plan and organize meetings and programs without overlapping dates and times.
• Encourages our organizations and parent groups to work together in their planning – to effectively reach their desired outcomes.

3.  The City of Santa Barbara (Inclusion Services)

Adapted Programs gives people with special needs the opportunity to travel, play, compete and network in a safe and supportive environment that fosters a positive experience for anyone participating in our many programs. By meeting with and assessing the abilities of each child or adult who requests our services, we are able to provide the most positive and beneficial service we can offer. We want all who participate to have fun, learn new skills, get fit and interact with new and old friends alike. Please call us for more information at 564-5241. We love being part of your success!

4.  The Outdoor School (at Rancho Alegre)

The Outdoor School has been the central coast’s premier outdoor education center since 1952. The Outdoor School offers a residential 4-day, 3-night program (or) 2-day, 1-night program for 5th and 6th grade students, field trips for students from kindergarten to university, teacher in-services, and more. We educate over 4,000 fifth and sixth graders each year.
We also offer this great camp experience for chaperoned individuals with special needs. For accommodations can be made by contacting Justin Canty at 805.686.5167

5.  Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center enhances the capabilities and independence of children and adults with special needs through the internationally recognized modality of therapeutic horseback riding. We assist Santa Barbara County residents with physical, cognitive, or psychological challenges. Therapeutic horseback riding improves people’s independence, self-esteem, health, and enjoyment of life.

6.  Cottage Rehabilitation Center
Adapted Golf, Adapted Kayaking, and Adapted Aquatic Wellness and Exercise – . Wheelchair accessible with depths from 3 1/2 ft. to 6 1/2 ft) Aquatic exercise equipment is available to pool users. Aquatic Wellness and Exercise Programs are open to the public and instrumental in helping participants meet their personal fitness goals. Organized by Cottage Hospital Rehabilitation Center. Apts. required for classes listed below, phone (805) 569-8999, ext. 82552

7.  Wendy Fereday Swim School

A wonderful swim school since 1955, now accepting children with special needs for adaptive swim instruction.  With loving teachers and committed guidance, we aim to meet each child’s personal needs so that they can be independent and successful swimmers. Our goal is to see the joy and confidence emerge as your child learns how to be skilled in an aquatic environment. Our instructors aim to create a relationship with each student based on love and trust.

8.  Best Day Foundation

Best Day Foundation helps children with special needs build confidence and self-esteem through safe, fun, adventure activities like surfing, body boarding, kayaking, snow sports, and more. Please join us in creating special days for children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Blindness, Cancer, Spinal Cord Injuries, and other physical & developmental challenges.

9.  Catch A Special Thrill (CAST)

The C.A.S.T. Program For Kids is designed to create an environment whereby special needs children and their caretakers could benefit, leaving their problems on shore and sharing a day of fun on the water that they may not otherwise get to experience.  The charity furthers its mission by increasing awareness of disabled and disadvantaged children in communities and teaching appreciation for natural resources. This is all made possible through the cooperation of government agencies, national and local sponsors, and local interest groups, and creates a rare and positive experience for America’s youth.

10.  TOP Soccer (Orcutt)

US Youth Soccer TOP Soccer (The Outreach Program for Soccer) is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, who has a mental or physical disability. Our goal is to enable the thousands of young athletes with disabilities to become valued and successful members of the US Youth Soccer family.

11. Achievement House (Paso Robles)

We at NCI Affiliates and Achievement House are dedicated to providing services that encourage & support individuals with disabilities, so that they may successfully achieve their personal & professional goals.


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