Tri-Counties Regional Center

Services & Supports

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Santa Barbara County

Alpha Resource Center - Family Resource Center

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Santa Maria Office Santa Barbara Office
805.347.2775 877.414.6227

This list includes only some of the resources available in the tri-county region.  Family Resource Centers have the most recent information, feel free to call them or check with your service coordinator for information on additional resources that may be available. Please contact individual groups to confirm meeting dates and times prior to attending.

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

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.



Club Diversity

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 working together to eliminate barriers between able bodied individuals and those with disabilities. $3 fee, $1 refreshments. DJ & Live Sound, DJ of Ability, Chris Benedict 805.729.1512 or 


A wide variety of 100+ community resources, events and information supporting our area special needs agencies. Find activities for all ages posted on website. 


Parent-to-Parent Support 

Sponsored by Special Needs Network. Meets 2nd Monday of every month, at noon at Denny’s at 1019 E. Main Street, SM. Contact: Diana 805.937.8756.


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


Autism Society of America - Santa Barbara Chapter (ASASB)

Contact: Marcia or Sandy at 805.560.3762 or,


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


Lompoc Autism Support Group 

A support group for parents and other caregivers of children diagnosed with autism. Contact: Polly Bleavins 805.347.2775 or email



A parent support group meets regularly at Alpha Resource Connections library at TCRC.  Contact Jennifer Griffin at or call Alpha at 805-683-2145.



The Art of Autism has various events around Santa Barbara County throughout the year. Visit or email


Online group for parents of special needs children, email



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.


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 


North County Parent Support Group

Meets regularly in Lompoc. Come share your experiences, meet new people and get resources while your children play. All welcome. For details, contact Mariana Murillo at 805-291-1136 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 or (805) 886.4411,


“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


Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Party

February 6, 2016, Goleta Community Center. Family and friends dinner dance party to celebrate all of our special sweethearts. Volunteers and donations needed. Contact Melissa (805) 886-4411


7th Annual DSASBC Buddy Walk and Festival

Saturday, June 18, 2016, Chase Palm Park Great Meadow, Santa Barbara – Volunteer, Fundraise, Sponsor. Contact Melissa at (805) 886-4411 or


7th Annual “Hoe Down” Western Dinner Dance Party

Save the date, October 2016. Santa Barbara Carriage Museum. 


SUMMER CAMP and Activity Guide

Available online at


Santa Maria Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainings

Program focuses on management of disruptive, assaultive, out-of-control behavior. Initial Course designed for school staff. Refresher Course: to renew certification. Phone: 805-683-1424 or



Spring and Fall - Santa Barbara location.

Challenger Cheerleading - Inclusive of children and teens of ALL abilities to learn cheer, dance and stunts for community performances. Instructed by local Cheerleading coaches/camp instructors. Fees: $35 per child includes practice uniform and pom poms. Call 805-681-9165. Organized by college students and community volunteers.


YOGA FOR ALL Inclusive for all abilities

*4-6 week sessions run throughout the year at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Come stretch and flex with Jessica Parson and Rachel Walsh; bring your own mat, towels and water bottles. $5 per session, drop-in anytime. Parents welcome to join, 805-681-9165 or

Yoga Tuesdays

SB Parks and recreation at the Carrillo Rec Center. Call Julie to Register 805-564-5421.


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.


SB MOPS = Mothers Of Pre-schoolers

Every other Wednesday during the school year from 9am to 11:15am – Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. We have put this site together to help all you moms out there keep track of current MOPS activities as well as have a place to contact us or just learn more about our group! Organized by Joylyn Kovacevich


Challenger FOOTBALL - Flag Football (*adaptive)

Now through Jan 23rd,  201510 – 11:30 am at Foothill School in Goleta:  Volunteers Coach and buddy your child to enjoy the sport thrill of Flag Football (non-contact) OR Cheerleading 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 Registration forms at Organized By: Central Coast Challenger Volunteers, 805-681-9165


Social Book Clubs for Teens and Adults

Groups meet weekly in a public location to enjoy reading a chapter a week, encouraged & guided by volunteer facilitators. Sign up with Jennifer at  Popular and Classic books available at K – 2nd grade level and above. “Emergent” readers welcomed – members do NOT need to be readers to participate as many will develop a love for reading and learn.


Basketball Skills Clinic at Page Youth Center 

For kids and teens with special needs, indoor and outdoor courts. Six Tuesdays, every Spring and Fall from 3:45 - 5 pm. Check schedule at


SUPER Bowl Invitation - Final Game!

January 23, 2016 from 10am to 12pm, Bishop Diego High School Stadium

Help needed. Retta at 805-452-9039


Peer Buddies

Feb to April, 2016. 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 or group weekly one hour sessions. Contact 805.620.PEER (7337),


Teen Extreme Social Club

Meets weekly for outings @ activities – contact Amy Buesker @ 805-683-2145.


ARF Read to a Dog

Tuesdays, 3:30pm Santa Barbara Public 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 and open to the public., (805) 682-3160


Transition and Resources Fair 2016

March 16, 2016 from 3:30pm to 6pm, San Marcos High School Cafeteria

Are you in High School or Jr. High and have an I.E.P.? Are you in a place of transition? Start preparing for your future after High School. Learn about Adult Services (day programs, residential services, employment services, recreation and education); other agencies like TCRC, Housing Authorities and Department of Rehabilitation; out of the area residential services such as Taft, UCLA and Wayfinders. You really don’t want to miss this! 805-961-9200 x1125