Alpha Resource Center - Family Resource Center
Santa Maria Office Santa Barbara Office
Alpha Resource Center offers a wide variety of services and supports to encompass the needs of individuals with disabilities of all ages and at all stages of life.
Children & Family Services ~ Assists parents of children with special needs to gain the knowledge and skills to enable their children to be all they can be.
Parent-to-parent and family support, parent-professional collaboration, resource meetings and workshops, information & referral, transition, future planning, and much more!
Resource Libraries ~ offer over 2000 titles on developmental and other disabilities. Located at Tri-Counties Regional Center offices in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. Mobile library services are available. Call for hours or specialized assistance.
Katie’s FUNd™ ~ provides social and recreational opportunities for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Contact: Amy Buesker at 683-2145 x127 or email@example.com.
Alpha Adult Services ~ provides a broad spectrum of services for adults with developmental disabilities. Each participant assists in the development of individualized services tailored to achieve his or her personal goals. 805.964.3547.
CALL ALPHA FOR MONTHLY PARENT TO PARENT SUPPORT AND EDUCATION ACTIVITIES
First Friday of each month, 7pm-10pm, Jodi House, 625 Chapala St, SB. All ages welcomed, alcohol-free, inclusive event. Club Diversity is about meeting new friends, having fun and breaking barriers between able bodied individuals and those with disabilities. $3 fee, $1 refreshments. DJ & Live Sound, Chris Benedict (805) 729-1512 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA BARBARA SPECIAL NEEDS ADAPTIVE PROGRAMS WEBSITE
A wide variety of 100+ community
resources, events and information supporting our area special needs agencies. Find activities for all ages posted on website. www.sbSNAP.org
Parent to parent support group for topic directed discussion and facilitated networking. Located at the Alpha Resource Connections library in the Tri-Counties Regional Center, 1234 Fairway Dr. – meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 10am-12pm. Contact Norma Puga 347-2775.
City of SB Parks & Recreation Dept
Check out what they have to offer. Contact: Adapted Programs 805.564.5421.
Santa Maria Special Education & Support Information
Kathy Rowley hosts a Yahoo Group for parents of children with special needs who live in Santa Maria. Join at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/santamariasupport.
Autism Society of America - Santa Barbara Chapter (ASASB)
Contact: Marcia or Sandy at 805.560.3762 or email@example.com, www.asasb.org.
Santa Maria Autism Support Group
Has an online support group for parents of children diagnosed with autism. There is also a weekly playgroup that meets at a local park. Contact: 805.714.1187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW DIRECTIONS TRAVEL CLUB
Come join this fun club for adults with special needs who love to travel! We meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month 5pm-7pm for dinner and travel presentation. Call 805-967-2841 for dates and meeting locations.
ALPHA PARENT GROUP
Parent Support Groups meet regularly at Alpha Resource Connections library at TCRC in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara and at the Family Service Agency Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center in Lompoc Contact: SB- Jennifer Griffin at 805-683-2145. SM- Norma Puga 347-2775. Lompoc- Mariana Murillo 453-7739. Email: email@example.com (This group is for Spanish speakers.)
EARLY START PLAYGROUP
Discussion, networking and crafts. Location varies. Contact: Jenifer Griffin 683-2145
ART OF AUTISM
The Art of Autism has various events around Santa Barbara County throughout the year. Visit www.the-art-of-autism.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online group for parents of special needs children, email email@example.com.
Aquatic Wellness and Exercise - Tuohy Foundation Aquatic Center
2415 De la Vina Street, SB. 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.
Phone (805) 569-8999, ext. 82552 or
Special Olympics Southern California
Santa Barbara County Region offers year-round sports programs and competitions for 350 children, teen, and adult athletes from Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, and Goleta. Fall sports for youth and adults are set to begin in August. Sports include floor hockey, bowling, soccer, tennis and softball. Call 805-884-1516 to learn more.
Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County
Contact Melissa Fitch at Melissa@dsasbc.org or (805) 886.4411, www.DSASBC.org
DSASBC Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Party
Goleta Valley Community Center February 2017. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
“321 Playhouse” Family Play Group
For families who have children birth – 5 with Down syndrome. Meets monthly at various locations to help families get connected and stay connected. Siblings welcome! Tara Vazquez (803) 269-6313 or email@example.com.
8th Annual DSASBC Buddy Walk and Festival
Saturday, June 17, 2017, Chase Palm Park Great Meadow, Santa Barbara – Volunteer, Fundraise, Sponsor. Contact Melissa at (805) 886-4411 or Melissa@dsasbc.org
SUMMER CAMP and Activity Guide
Available online at www.sbSNAP.org
Challenger Cheer-leading - Inclusive of children and teens of ALL abilities to learn cheer, dance and stunts for community performances. Instructed by local Cheerleading coaches/camp instructors. Spring and Fall; Fees: $35 per child includes practice uniform and pom poms. Call 805-284-3896. Organized by college students and community volunteers.
Shake Rattle and Roll Dance Classes
Ongoing on Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:30 pm at the Carrillo Recreation Center, Santa Barbara. Drop in and join a session when you can - $10. per class. info@sbSNAP.org
SB MOPS = Mothers Of Pre-schoolers
Every other Thursday during the school year from 9am to 11:15am – Shoreline Community Church SB. Keep track of current MOPS activities or learn more about our group! http://sbmops.weebly.com
Challenger FOOTBALL - Flag Football (*adaptive)
Nov 6, 2016 - Jan. 28 2017-; 10 am - 11:30 am at Bishop Diego High School in Santa Barbara : Volunteers coach and buddy your child to enjoy the sport thrill of Flag Football (non-contact) OR Cheer leading basics at same time and location. Boys and Girls ages 5-18 with physical, developmental, intellectual challenges are invited to participate in this increasingly popular sport. Wheelchair users included! Sign up NOW! Flag Football and CheerLeading
CHALLENGER BASEBALL FOR ALL:
Ages 4 and Up - Teams for Kids, Teens, and Adults with disabilities:
Locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc and NIpomo. All skill levels welcomed. T-ball, Coach-Pitch or Skill Development Teams; Peer and Volunteer buddy support provided, Wheelchair users included, Saturday games, no weekday practices. Fall and Spring Programs offered throughout the county 805/899-3475; www.GoChallengers.org OR www.sbSNAP.org
Monster Ball is an Annual Fall themed Sports Event for those with special needs and their families features MONSTER Sized Balls used for volleyball, kickball, baseball, basketball games. Hosted by Challenger and UCSB Gaucho Baseball on a weekend every October: Great FUN, Exercise and Goodie Bags!. Details can be found online at sbSNAP.org.
Basketball Skills Clinic at Page Youth Center
Skills, Drills and Thrills For Kids and Teens with special needs. Beginner and Intermediate skill level groups, Inside and Outside courts. Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5 pm
Volunteer buddy support, indoor and outdoor courts. Six Tuesdays every Fall and Spring at the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Avenue, SB
Your child will have the opportunity to learn essential social skills from their very own Peer Buddy while having a blast participating in fun activities! Each week, our group will have a different “theme” (theater, sports, arts, cooking). Sign up for individual sessions, groups and camps. Contact (805) 620-PEER (7337)
Independent Living Skills Boot Camp
Summer 2017, 10am to 3pm, Mon - Fri, for young people ages 14-22 with developmental disabilities. Week long sessions, $250, register for 1 week or more!
Junior Wheelchair Sports Day Camp By Cottage Rehabilitation Hospital
July 11, 2016 to July 15, 2016, UCSB Recreation Center, SB. For youth athletes ages 6-19 with physical disabilities who use a wheelchair or could use a wheelchair to participate in sports such as basketball, rugby, tennis, swimming, racquetball, climbing wall and MORE! Camp provides recreational and competitive opportunities for all the athletes. Contact Rene Van Hoorn at 805-569-8999 x82102
Teen Extreme Social Club
Meets weekly for outings & activities
Contact Amy Buesker at (805) 683-2145.
ARF Read to a Dog
Tuesday, 3:30pm SB Public Library
Saturday, 10-11 am Carpinteria Library
Curl up and read to a four-legged friend! Children in grades K-6 are welcome to drop in to the Central Library for a fun, 20-minute reading session with an ARF! therapy dog! Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis... Please come early and sign up at the Children’s Desk. All children ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. ARF!’s library program is free.
www.allforanimals.org, (805) 682-3160
Best Day at Leadbetter Beach
2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Leadbetter Beach. Surfing, bodyboarding, kayaking experiences and more for adventurous children with special needs. Volunteer life guards and experienced volunteers support your child in the water; adapted equipment for those with limited mobility too. Register RIGHT away for this popular program.
Sand and surf day
August 2017. Learn to surf, kayak, and boogie board. firstname.lastname@example.org Contact Cathy Abarca.