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.



Independent Living Skills Boot Camp

New Summer Camp, Ages 14 to Young Adult in Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks

Offers a unique summer camp experience featuring independent living skills in natural environments. Campers engage in meaningful, real-life experiences while having fun with peer mentors. Campers will learn about:

  • Community resources
  • Menu Planning
  • Cooking
  • Meal Prep
  • Cleaning
  • Health & Hygiene
  • Public Transportation
  • Recreation
  • Shopping
  • Volunteerism

Experienced staff use evidence-based practices while supporting choice-making and interdependence. Input from campers and their families directly informs activities, and camper progress is measured via observations and questionnaires.

Eight one-week sessions, Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

The first session starts the week of June 22, the final session is the week of August 14. Sign up for one week or several.

Each week-long session costs just $250 and teaches meaningful skills in community settings. This unique day camp features collaborative leadership from the fields of special education, recreation therapy, psychology, and rehabilitation counseling. For detailed questions, contact or  310-853-0794

Camp is offered in Thousand Oaks in collaboration with CRPD Therapeutic Recreation and Santa Barbara in partnership with Santa Barbara Parks & Recreation and the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County.


Register for specific weeks at: 

or call 805-564-5421. 


Register for specific weeks at:

or call 805-381-2735.


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 


6th Annual DSASBC Buddy 

Walk & Festival

6th Annual DSASBC Buddy Walk and Festival, Saturday, June 20, 2015, Chase Palm Park Great Meadow, Santa Barbara – Volunteer, Fundraise, Sponsor and Register online at


North County Parent Support Group

Meets regularly in Lompoc. Come share your experiences, meet new people and get resources while your children play. All are welcome. For details, contact Jennifer Griffin at 805-683-2145 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.


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


Adapted Golf Program

Mondays: 9:00 to 11:00am. Santa Barbara Golf Club, 3500 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara. 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. 805-569-8999 x82102


3-2-1 Family Play Group for Parents that have Children birth - 4 years old with Down syndrome

Meets monthly at various locations to help parents of children with Down syndrome birth through 4 years old and siblings of similar age to connect and play with other families. For details and monthly updates, contact Carmen Esquival at or 805-284-3896.



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. Contact Retta Slay 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

MUSIC with SWING Along Band including Wheel Chair Dancers for Adults -Seniors! 

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10:30 am to 12 pm – 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 -Organized by GVCC Senior Center; Contact Amey at 805-683-1124.

   *2nd location at the Carillo Rec Center, Tuesday classes 4:30 - 5:30 through August,



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)

August 29th - Nov 7,  2015 10:00 - 11:30 am: Santa Barbara 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 (Retta Slay) Phone: 805/681-9165


Beach Day at Ledbetter Beach 

May 30 & 31 and August 29 & 30, 2015 8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Ledbetter 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.

ASASB Surf and Sand Beach Day for all

August, 2014. Campus Point, Santa Barbara. Learn to surf, kayak, and boogie board.


Next Chapter Book Club for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (sponsored by DSASBC)

The Next Chapter Book Club offers weekly opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to read and learn together, talk about books, and make friends in a relaxed, community setting. Emergent Readers (non-readers) welcomed! volunteer facilitators lead our book clubs. Contact Amy Brooks 330-603-7507 for locations of book clubs in Ventura and SB County; and Volunteer Facilitator Trainings.


Challenger Summer Camp with the SB Foresters 

Girsh Park, June 29, 30 and July 1, 2015. Enjoy three mornings of T-ball, baseball skills camp and fun games, relays and summer activities by our local baseball champions, the Santa Barbara Foresters. Camp is 10 til Noon. Challenger volunteers support our players, $20. for snacks, and T-shirt! Dates and schedule online soon at


Challenger Fall Ball Skills Club 

Meets Sundays, 3-4:30 pm, beginning Sept 6 through October 25 at Goleta Valley South Little League fields behind the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Avenue, SB.


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


MONSTER Ball Games and Sports at Girsh Park 

Children 4 -age 22 can participate with MONSTER sized inflatable sports balls led by our volunteers - volleyball, basketball, soccer, baseball and MORE! Come ready to play - Sunday, October 25, 2- 4:30 pm at Girsh Park.