Special Needs Resources

Families with special needs will also want to follow our Dandelion column within each issue of Sacramento Parent for articles, events and resources conveniently gathered in one section. 

ACTIVITIES FOR ALL ABILITIES

Greater Sacramento offers many programs and activities for all abilities, from equestrian therapy to camps to modified team sports, here are some of the many options that may be a good fit for your child.

ADAPTIVE HORSEMANSHIP/THERAPEUTIC RIDING

Hope4Horses | Galt

https://Hope4Horses.com/therapeutic-riding

Horses for Healing | Auburn

http://HorsesForHealing.org

Horseplay Therapeutic Riding Center | Dixon

https://HorseplayRiding.org

Lakeside Therapeutic Riding Center | Granite Bay

http://lLkesideEquestrianCenter.com/lakeside-therapeutic-riding

Project R.I.D.E. | Elk Grove

www.ProjectRIDE.org

Ride and Shine | Shingle Springs

www.nchpad.org/Directories/Programs/7999/Ride~and~Shine~Adaptive~Horseback~Riding~Program

Ride to Walk | Lincoln

www.RideToWalk.org

UCP Saddle Pals | Grass Valley

http://UCPSacto.org/programs-services/saddle-pals

SPORTS, MOVEMENT & OUTDOOR

Access Leisure Program | Sacramento

A variety of recreational and competitive sports, social and leisure functions, and outdoor educational, and residential and day camping adventures.
www.CityofSacramento.org/parksandrec/recreation/access-leisure

Sacramento Challenge Sports | Sacramento
Team sports for school age athletes from five years-old to young adult with developmental disabilities and/or physical disabilities.
www.ChallengeSports.org

The Aqua Stars | Loomis
Sea Otter Swim Lessons are specially designed to benefit children and adults with a range of special needs including autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, down syndrome, sensory disorders, and visual impairment.
www.SeaOtterSwim.com/adaptive-swim-lessons

Sunsational Swim School | Your Pool
Bring the Swim School to your pool with special needs swim instructors.
www.SunsationalSwimSchool.com/special-needs-swim-lessons

We Rock the Spectrum Kid’s Gym | Placerville
A safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. Through their nonprofit My Brother Rocks The Spectrum Foundation, they provide social skills groups and activities for children across the spectrum.
www.WeRockTheSpectrumPlacerville.com

INDOOR RECREATION & MONTHLY ACTIVITIES
Sacramento Children’s Museum | Rancho Cordova
SCM brings families monthly programs and events for children with special needs like ExplorABILITY and Beary Special Play Date. Space is limited so you’ll want to register ahead of time for these free special events.
https://SacKids.org

Sky High Sports | Rancho Cordova

Every Tuesday, Sky High Sports turns off the music, dims the lights and dials down the distractions for the comfort of their jumpers.
https://Sac.SkyHighSports.com/things-to-do/special-needs-jump-time

Sky Zone | Rocklin
Enjoy the freedom of jumping. Sensory hours provide a quieter, toned-down jumping experience for those with special needs.
www.SkyZone.com/programs/sensory-hours

SUMMER CAMPS
There are several day and overnight camp options specifically for children with special needs. Here are a few camps to get you started and some sites where you can search for even more!

Access Leisure Camps

www.CityofSacramento.org/ParksandRec/Recreation/Access-Leisure/Camps

Breakaway
http://BreakawayKidsCamps.com/special-needs/

Camp Tuolumne Trails
www.TuolumneTrails.org/

Talisman Summer Camps
https://Talismancamps.com/autism-summer-camp/autism-summer-camp-california/

UCP’s ACE Camp
http://UCPSacto.org/programs-services/a-c-e-camp/

Via West Camp

www.ViaServices.org/services/via-west/summer

SEARCH FOR MORE CAMPS...

http://Find.ACACamps.org

www.MySummerCamps.com/camps/Special_Needs_Camps

www.VerySpecialCamps.com

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