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Fish for Life!: For Special Needs Children

Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea. This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life. Kids are grouped into teams and assigned a “Fishing Team Leader” who is an experienced and loving fisherman and will be responsible for his or her every need throughout the trip … but most of all will help them catch fish! 

The Fish for Life home port is at the Dana Wharf in Dana Point and we charter the 95ft vessel “Dana Pride.” Fish for Life chapters can be anywhere there is fishing! If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, contact us to learn how to get it started!  

Special needs children and volunteers are welcome.

Horseback Riding: Guided Animal Intervention Therapy


Seneca Orange County offers a therapeutic horseback riding program for children ages 4-21 with behavioral and emotional goals. The program is in Anaheim Hills, open Tuesday-Saturday.

Bookshare: An Accessible Online Library


This website serves people with print disabilities. It has over half a million ebooks in audio, braille, large font and more.  It provides guidelines and suggestions for reading lists for children.

Bookshare can help your library serve patrons with disabilities. With over 550,000 titles in audio, braille, and large font, people with disabilities can read in ways that work for them. 

What can public libraries offer patrons?

  • Unlimited access to the Bookshare collection (over 550,000 titles)
  • Free reading tools for computers, Chromebooks, and Android
  • Free support and tutorials

Who can use Bookshare?

Individuals who experience barriers to reading print due to disabilities. Learn about Bookshare qualifications.

How do libraries partner with Bookshare?

Libraries can purchase member blocks for patrons with qualifying disabilities. For more information, contact


W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center


The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, located in the heart of the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is a showcase facility that houses approximately 100 purebred Arabian horses.  The horses of the W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center serve as ambassadors of the Arabian breed at many different events. The most notable of these events is the Sunday show, a tradition that has been continued from the days of the original Kellogg ranch. Sunday shows are staged at the Horse Center at 2:00 pm on the first Sunday of every month, from October through May. 

The Arabian Horse Center is generally open for self-guided tours from 8-4 seven days / week, excluding major holidays.  Campus events and closures, weather, and other situations can affect this, so please check our Facebook page or call for specific information.  For the 2016-2017 academic year, tours led by our student ambassadors will be offered at 11 am Tuesdays and 1:30 pm Wednesdays. To ensure we have a student scheduled, please RSVP by emailing or call (909) 869-4988.



Autism Resource Mom is a nonprofit organization that provides support, guidance & hope to families of children with autism.

For Families
• Social activities for individuals on the spectrum (all ages)
• Support & education for parents/caregivers
• One-on-one counseling for parents/families
For Professionals
• Guest speakers for any size group
• Autism consulting for public & private groups
• Problem-solving strategies for educators, health care providers, government agencies & more

#hangout – Friday Night Fun for Teens – Ages 14-19

Teens ages 14-19 meet at the College Living Experience (2183 Fairview Rd. Ste 101, Costa Mesa, CA 92627) every First Friday of the month. to overcome social anxieties in a safe nurturing and fun environment.

Learn more and go to http://www,  for more details and to RSVP for the next event.  






Crescent Clinic Nonprofit offers FREE healthcare
FRI & SAT – DAYTIME Appointments ONLY.
Disability related counseling available Thursday evenings and Friday.
Parent group therapy will start on Thursday evenings in January. Appt or more info at 714-399-4572 or


Surfers Healing

Surfers Healing is the original surf camp for children with autism, and we’ve been serving the community since 1996. Yet what we offer isn’t a ‘cure’, or even ‘traditional’ therapy. It’s a completely different sensation and environment for our participants. We give individuals a chance to encounter the waves, to challenge themselves, to try something new. And since 1 in every 68 US children has an ASD (CDC report, March 2014), our work is more vital than ever.

Our biggest challenge? Getting kids to come out of the water! Once they ride with us, they don’t want to stop. Attending our camps positively impacts children with autism; the experience helps instill confidence and calm. Yet over the years we’ve seen that Surfers Healing also has a profound impact on parents. Autism parents are always hearing about what their children cannot do. But at a Surfers Healing camp, it’s all about what their kids can do.

We’re based in Southern California, but we offer camps across the country, as well as in Mexico, and Puerto Rico. Our camps provide an relaxed, accepting, and welcoming environment – the perfect space in which to risk and grow.

For further information, see 

Swim Lessons for Children & Adults with Special Needs


Our adult instructors are experienced in teaching special needs swimmers and our small, indoor facility is ideal for focused swim lessons. Moreover, with the use of pool-side TV monitors and video cameras, our ability to give students instant visual feedback during their lesson is invaluable.  

 Rates vary for residents of Lake Forest and non-residents.  Contact for scheduling and cost information.  SwimLabs, 20918 Bake Pkwy, Suite 100, Lake Forest, CA.  Call 949.461.3450

Lake Forest CA Special Needs Program


Lake Forest’s Special Needs Program contributes to the growth and development of persons with developmental disabilities, and supports their families. The program serves participants of all ages.

The City partners with local businesses to bring our special needs community comprehensive programs designed to increase their opportunities to participate in community, recreation, leisure and cultural programs, as well as activities to build daily living skills. Programs and services help prepare persons who are disabled to become as socially, emotionally, and intellectually independent as possible. All classes are held in the City of Lake Forest. For more information including registration, schedule of events, and fees, check out the Leisure Times.

The City sponsors dances and other activities throughout the year.  Residents of other cities are welcome to participate.