After School

Isla Vista Youth Project
6875 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 968-1624

Cynthia Morrow Student Drop-in Center
305 E Anapamu Santa Barbara
M-TH 2:30 – 5:00 Free tutoring and recreation (not specifically for Special Needs but can provide tutoring).

Girls, Inc. (especially Carpinteria)


The Rhythmic Arts Project works in Harmony to achieve physical, psychological and spiritual wellness in the health care arena. They bring together professional drummers, percussionists, musicians and therapists to facilitate this unique and proven approach. Rhythm in its inherent quality to heal is engaged in the therapeutic realm to create a modality useful in addressing specific rehabilitation goals.


Mind Your Manners. Has summer camps to teach children manners. She is also willing to work with Special Needs children in small groups of 4. 565-4149.

AYSO Soccer Valerie Maloney Valerie coordinates a soccer team that has children with disabilities and older “shadows” for these children. Kids with special needs are estimated to make up approximately 10% of the school-age population. Special schools and classrooms can isolate these children so the VIP Program has been structured to integrate our special kids into the rest of AYSO by using “buddies” from non-VIP teams to help these players both on – and off – the field.

Carpinteria Parks & Recreation Department has surfing and kayaking clinics that are very fun and motivating.

Santa Barbara Therapeutic Riding Academy PO Box 50425, Santa Barbara, CA 93150
(805) 969-6606

Hearts Adaptive Riding Academy
P O Box 30662 Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Santa Barbara Special Olympics – 884-1516

MY GYM – Childrens Fitness Center
(805) 963-3903
3888 State St.
Noncompetitive,program designed so that kids will succeed. Children thru 9 years of age develop strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and social skills through music, dance, relays, games, unique rides, and gymnastics.

Anacapa Dive Center has swimming lessons. Recommended by Elaine.

Summer Camps

Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department They have Adventure Camp (an all-disability camp), Jr. Wheelchair Camp and inclusive programming for children with disabilities. You can request 1:1 support for regular summer camps. Adapted Advisory Board Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of the month for an hour at noon at the Cabrillo Arts Center on Cabrillo Blvd. The public is welcome to attend these meetings. Contact Anita Ho for information.

Santa Barbara Sailing Center This is a very fun camp and they welcome special needs children accompanied by an aide. Kevin loved this camp. It goes from noon to 5:00 PM on a weekly basis in the summer. 1-800-472-4362 Has science camps at Manning Park and Tucker’s Grove for K-6 students. Also has an option for 1/2 day or full day.

Cornerstone House in Carpinteria has summer camps for those with disabilities.

Westmont has specific sports-related summer camps.

Girls, Inc. (especially Carpinteria)

Isla Vista Youth Project
6875 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista, CA 93117
Phone: (805) 968-1624

Zoo Camp – We have heard from the past that the Director of Zoo Camp is open to having children with disabilities in her camp and open to ideas.

Noah’s Half-Day Camp,
sponsored by Montecito Covenant Church Vacation Bible School – Recommended By Sandy

Safety Town – very language heavy. Recommended by Sandy.

UCSB Summer Camp – sometimes they partner with the Autism Clinic for a very comprehensive program.

SB Museum of Natural History
(805) 682-4711
2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.
Various Nature Camps for children. Chumash Camp recommended by Pam.

Kris’ Camp presently focuses on children with autism and autism-like. The Idyllwild California camp will have two sessions. The younger group (4-8ish) will be mostly therapy focused, whereas the older group (8-12ish) will focus on therapy in the mornings and have a social ‘campy’ component in the afternoons (e.g. a hike). Kris’ Camp, California 2003 is scheduled for Friday June 20th through Thursday June 26th. Families should plan to arrive on the 20th and depart on the 26th. Therapy will begin on the 21st.

Fun Activities

RANCHO OSO STABLES AND GUEST RANCH 3750 Paradise Road (in the Los Padres National Forest), Santa Barbara, CA, (805) 683-5110. Activities: Two- to four-hour guided rides, breakfast and lunch rides, lessons, pony rides for younger riders, fishing and hiking. Services: Cabins, covered-wagon accommodations, RV and tent sites and wedding and seminar sites. Scenery Highlights: This historic Spanish land grant site is bordered by the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Ynez River. Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. Rental Fees: Trail rides start at $22 per hour. Restrictions: Horseback riders must be at least 8 years old.

Feed the Ducks at Los Carneros lake, Los Carneros and Calle Real.


The Campership Alliance 962-5580 offers one week camperships (like scholarships to campers).

Easter Seals also offers camperships and will pay all or part of camp for children with disabilities