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 breaking barriers between able bodied individuals and those with disabilities. $3 fee, $1 refreshments. DJ & Live Sound, Chris Benedict (805) 729-1512 or 


Future Planning Workshop

June 2, 2016 at Alpha Resource Center, SB. This workshop will focus on: Effective use of public assistance; Personal and fiscal management; Estate Planning; Special Needs Trusts; Conservatorships and alternatives. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED by May 27. Call to register or for more information: Alpha Resource Center Jennifer 805.683.2145 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



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.



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 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


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


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

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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 Inclusive yoga for all abilities

Tuesdays from 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Thursdays from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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 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!


Challenger FOOTBALL - Flag Football (*adaptive)

March - May, 10 – 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 

Teams in Goleta, Carpinteria, Ventura, Lompoc and Nipomo. Registration forms at Organized By: Central Coast Challenger Volunteers, 805-681-9165


Monster Ball

October 23, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm, Girsh Park, Goleta. Kids and teens ages 5 -highschool, with physical, developmental and/or intellectual challenges can join in this “spirited” game. Little League now has a senior challenger division for anyone ages 15 and up.  Any age adults now invited to play with us. Paint your face and Join us for a treat!


Basketball Skills Clinic at Page Youth Center 

Oct 2 - Oct 23, 2016, Girsh Park Goleta. For kids and teens with special needs, indoor and outdoor courts. Six Tuesdays, every Spring and Fall from 3:45 - 5 pm. Details at


Peer Buddies

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

July 18 - Aug 19, 2016, 10am to 3pm, Mon - Fri, for young people ages 14-22 with developmental disabilities. Weeklong sessions, $250, register for 1 week or more!, 805-564-5421.


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., (805) 682-3160


Beach Day at Leadbetter Beach 

May 14 & 15 and August 20 & 21, 2016 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.