Tri-Counties Regional Center

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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 new parent run website - includes a variety of community resources, events and information supporting our area special needs agencies. Find more camps and activities posted at website.
Parent-to-Parent Support
Sponsored by Special Needs Network. Meets third Thursday of every month, 9:00am at Coffee Diem, 505 S. McClelland 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.

Something for the Siblings
The Special Needs Network is a new club for the siblings of individuals with disabilities. The club will consist of several fun activities for the siblings and will also be a chance to get away and relax with others who also have siblings with disabilities. Contact: Laura King, 805.344.1403.

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 the second Wednesday of the month,  9:30-11:30am at the 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
August 22 - December 31, 2012, 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 listed below, phone (805) 569-8999, ext. 82552 or

Therapeutic Personal Training
Individualized training in aquatic exercise techniques, tailored to participants’ needs. Water safety and swim skills training also available. FEE: $60 per session (30 min)

Independent Exercise and Swim
Orientation Options: $30 orientation (15 minutes),$60 orientation and personal training (30 minutes) or attend a class. Mon\Wed\Fri: 9am to 3pm, Tues\Thurs: 9am to 5pm, Sat: 9 & 10am.

Aerobic Conditioning Class
Mon-Thurs: 4-5pm Fri: 11am-noon. A shallow and deep water exercise class focusing on muscle toning, range of motion, and cardiovascular conditioning. FEE: $8 per class.
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Warm-water exercise program to increase flexibility, range of motion, and endurance. Arthritis Foundation guidelines followed and taught by Arthritis Foundation instructors. FEE: $8 per class. Tues, Thurs, Sat: 11am-noon

Santa Maria Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Trainings
August 23rd to February 22, 2013: Bonita School District Souza Center, 708 South Miller, Santa Maria . Workshops 8:30am to 3:30pm. Program focuses on management of disruptive, assaultive, out-of-control behavior. Initial Course designed for school staff. Refresher Course: to renew certification. Initial Course: . 2013: Jan 24&25, April 18&19. Refresher Course:  Nov 2012: Feb 22, 2013. Phone: 805-683-1424

Adapted Golf Program
August 27, 2012 to December 31, 2012. Mondays: 9:30 to 11:30am. Ocean Meadows Golf Course, 6925 Whittier Dr., Goleta. Designed for persons with physical, visual or cognitive impairments. $8.00 for 30-minute lesson, or 6 lessons for $30. Includes: putting, chipping, and/or driving with occasional use of the golf course. Program is wheelchair accessible. Organized by René Van Hoorn,RTC.

Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapy
August 27 to December 17, 2012- CFIT Brain Gym Open House, 2409 De La Vina, SB. Every Monday from 1 to 3pm. Phone: Ashli Park 899-7777. Organized By: CFIT Website or Map:

3-2-1 Family Play Group for Parents that have Children birth - 4 years old with Down syndrome
November 5 to June 3, 2013 1st Monday of the month unless a Holiday, then 2nd Monday, 9-10:30am – Indoor Playground at Calvary Chapel, SB, 1 North Calle Caesar Chaves, SB 93101. Parents of children with Down syndrome birth through 4 years old and siblings of similar age are welcomed to connect and play with other families. Contact or 805-566-4753

North County Parent Support Group
September 7 to December 7, 2012 - Meets every 1st Friday at McDonalds, Lompoc from 10 - 11:30am. Come share your experiences, meet new people and get resources while your children play. All are welcome. Website or Map: Organized by Jennifer Griffin  Phone: 683-2145 or

September 30, 2012 - June 2013
3:30pm to 4:45pm - Interested in Challenger Cheerleading? Looking for children and teens of all abilities to participate in Challenger Cheer Leading! Instructed by Cheerleading coaches/camp instructors. Fees: $35 per child includes practice uniform and pom poms. Contact Retta Slay 805/681-9165. Organized by UCSB Students and Community Volunteers.

Hula Lessons, Hawaiian Leis, Crafts and Culture
Tuesdays, October 2 to December 18, 2012 3:30 to 5:00pm – Alice Keck Park. Nancy Soohoo, an instructor and performer of Hula, is offering a new hula and Hawaiian culture class. Location changes due to weather. 8 openings for girls ages 7-10.  $50 a month (4 classes a month)Parents welcome. Classes will include learning Hula, creating Lei’s and head dresses and other Hawaiian crafts. Nancy Soohoo at

Saturdays at Page Youth Center, SB through December 1st, 10-11am.  Instruction by Westmont Performing Team.  $25 for series or $5 drop in fee. 805-681-9165 or

Early 2013, Mondays 4-4:45 at the Goleta Valley Community Center. Come stretch and flex with Molly and Jessica; bring your own mat, towels and water bottles. $5 per session- drop in anytime. Parents welcome to participate.  805-681-9165 or

MUSIC with SWING Along Band including Wheel Chair Dancers for Adults -Seniors!
October 2 to December 27, 2012 10:30am to 12pm – Wheelchair users and those with special needs are welcomed to join the twice weekly adult/senior social dance group that meets at the Goleta Valley Community Center - Every Tuesday and Thursday Organized by GVCC Senior Center

Challenger FOOTBALL - Flag Football (*adaptive)
October 28 to December 9, 2012 3-4:30pm: Girsh Park, 7050 Phelps Road, Goleta. 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 (Retta Slay) Phone: 805/681-9165

Monday Outlook Monthly Meeting - Open Forum
November 12 to December 10, 2012 5:30 to 7:30pm – (Meeting second Monday of the month) Location: LOUISE LOWRY DAVIS RECREATION CENTER,1232 De La Vina Street (parking available in rear lot) Looking Ahead – Upcoming scheduled meeting for Outlook Group: Dietitian, HEEAL (Hope through Exercise, Energy and Art for Life) REMEMBER: we are a potluck group! Your Food Donations are always needed and appreciated! Jeanne West, Senior Resources. Phone: 569-8999, ext. 82102 or email

Apps, Web 2.0, Oh My - For parents, educators and professionals.
Early 2013, location TBD - Sean Smith, PhD, Associate Professor, KU, Special Education, father of a son with DS. Presentation will focus on current and future technology-based tools that are increasingly altering what technology means for people with a variety of special needs. Participants will learn about how the iPad, iTouch, and iPod (traditional) can incorporate audio, video, images, apps and more to enhance independence and lead to further self-determination for individuals with special needs and those that seek to support them. Participants will also learn about Web 2.0 applications/resources that increasingly integrate universal features, making them applicable to the needs. Updates at or email

Adapted Bowling
Saturday, November 17 and December 8, 2012 - 10:45am to 1:30pm – Zodo’s Bowling and Beyond Adapted bowling provides an opportunity for children and adults to socialize and get physical exercise through a fun experience. Competition is not the emphasis; it’s the social interaction that makes this program a winner! Fee: $15 includes bowling, shoes and lunch. Organized by Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation Department.

Saturday Seminar Fall Series: Make and Take Curriculum Workshop
November 17, 2012 from 9:30am to 11am – to be determined. Demonstration and materials provided to prepare practical, easy to make interactive learning folders to engage your child in almost any subject: reading, math, science, life skills, etc.   Class is free, however small fee is charged for materials you can take with you. Organized by Retta Slay

Thanksgiving Luncheon
November 21, 2012 from 11:30am to 3pm: Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara: Why not have two Thanksgiving Days? Celebrate, eat and give thanks the day before Thanksgiving with your pals. Event is free but RSVP is required. Call 560-7560.

March or Ride with us IN the 60th Annual SB Downtown Holiday Parade!
November 30, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8pm – State Street from Sola Street to Cota Street. BE SURE TO SAVE THE DATE AND WALK WITH THE AUTISM SOCIETY OF SANTA BARBARA. Details to come! Organized by Cathy Arbaca

Pre-School Staff Saturday Seminar-Inclusion Resources and Support for Learners with Differences”
January 19, 2013 from 9am to 10:30am.  Join us for a light breakfast buffet as we listen to a presentation and discussion on ideas for inclusion activities and strategies of children with differences. Presentation by: Behaviorist Elika Organized by sbSNAP

Moms Need Moms Cruise
January 25-28, 2013 – Carnival Cruise to Baja California - Join the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles 4th annual MOMS CRUISE to meet new friends  o reconnect with old ones. Phone: 480-293-4689.  Organized by Erika Villanueva.

Valentine Dinner/Dance Party
February 2, 2013 from 5pm to 9pm – Santa Barbara Elks Lodge #613: 150 N Kellogg Ave: Families and friends of loved ones with special needs ALL invited. Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County is hosting an evening of music, dance and fun. Contact or Tickets required:

T-Ball and BASEBALL for ALL!
Little League teams for boys and girls ages 5 (as of May 1st), through high school, with physical, developmental or intellectual challenges. Teams for ALL abilities - competitive teams and NON-competitive (no scores kept), wheelchair players included. Typical Little League players assist as buddies, along with college and community volunteers. Three locations to choose from: Goleta, Carpinteria and Ventura; Registration begins in January. Season runs March - May or early June.  Details and Registration online at, or 805/681-9165.

Lompoc Residents interested in forming a Challenger program

UCSB Gauchos Host FREE Baseball Clinic
For Kids 5 - High School to brush up on their skills or learn the basics with this great local college ball team. No experience necessary - just come out and play! Assisted by Challenger Coaches and Volunteers, Girsh Park, Saturday, February 9th, from 9:30am-noon.

Lose the Training Wheels “i Can RIDE” BIke Camp 2013
Summer 2013 - Children, Teens and Adults with disabilities will learn to ride a typical two-wheeled bike in just 4 one hour (1.15) sessions with this incredible, life enhancing program. Organized by Retta Slay.

Adapted Easter Egg Hunt at Girsh Park
Designed for children with special needs to be safe and successful at this annual favorite event. Saturday, March 30th, 2013 (Always the Saturday before Easter). 10:30 until 12:30 pm. A variety of carnival style games and activities are offered for children with physical and developmental challenges! 805/681-9165.

BASKETBALL Co-Ed Skills Clinic
Page Youth Center, Tuesdays, April 2 - May 7th, 3:45 – 5 pm, $20. Three Skill level groups for ALL abilities ages 5 – high school. Register at 805/681-9165.
4th Annual DSASBC Buddy
Walk & Festival
Sat June 15th 11am to 4pm, Chase Palm Park - Great Meadow.  Contact Melissa Fitch at (805) 886-4411 for more info. Seeking sponsors, vendors, volunteers & participants.  Great family fun event!

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.