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 county wide! For information and support group info contact: 

Santa Barbara ~ Jennifer Griffin at 805-683-2145
Santa Maria ~ Norma Puga at 805-347-2775 
Lompoc ~ Mariana Murillo at 805-453-7739

Early Start Playgroups ~ Discussion, networking and crafts. Location  varies. Contact: Jennifer Griffin 683-2145

Resource Libraries ~ offer over 2000 titles on developmental and other disabilities.  Located at TCRC offices in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara. Mobile library services are available. Call for hours or assistance. 

Santa Maria 347-2775 Santa Barbara 957-9272

Katie’s FUNd™ ~ provides social and recreational opportunities for teens and young adults with developmental disabilities. Contact Amy Buesker at 683-2145 x127 or

Teen Extreme Social Club ~ Meets weekly for outings & activities. 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 


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


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.



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 


Special Olympics Southern California 

Santa Barbara County Region offers year-round sports programs and competitions for 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 & softball. 805-884-1516


Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County Contact Melissa Fitch at or (805) 886.4411,


8th Annual DSASBC Buddy Walk and Festival

Saturday, June 17, 2017, Chase Palm Park Great Meadow, Santa Barbara – Volunteer, Fundraise, Sponsor. Contact Melissa at (805) 886-4411 or


8th Annual Hoe Down Dinner Dance Party - October


Santa Barbara Carriage Museum - Celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Contact for details


DSASBC Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance Party


Goleta Valley Community Center February 2018. Contact


“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!  Visit for updates and schedule.

SUMMER CAMP and Activity Guide

Available online at


Challenger Cheer-leading - Inclusive of children and teens of ALL abilities to learn cheer, dance and stunts for community performances. Instructed by local Cheerleading coaches/camp instructors. Spring and Fall; Fees: $35 per child includes practice uniform and pom poms. Call 805-284-3896. Organized by college students and community volunteers.

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)

Nov 6, 2016 - Jan. 28 2017-; 10 am - 11:30 am at Bishop Diego High School in Santa Barbara : Volunteers coach and buddy your child to enjoy the sport thrill of Flag Football (non-contact) OR Cheer leading 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


Ages 4 and Up - Teams for Kids, Teens, and Adults with disabilities:

Locations in Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Oxnard, Ventura, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc and NIpomo. All skill levels welcomed. T-ball, Coach-Pitch or Skill Development Teams; Peer and Volunteer buddy support provided, Wheelchair users included, Saturday games, no weekday practices. Fall and Spring Programs offered throughout the county 805/899-3475; 


Monster Ball

Monster Ball is an Annual Fall themed Sports Event for those with special needs and their families features MONSTER Sized Balls used for volleyball, kickball, baseball, basketball games. Hosted by Challenger and UCSB Gaucho Baseball on a weekend every October: Great FUN, Exercise and Goodie Bags!. Details can be found online at

Basketball Skills Clinic at Page Youth Center 

Skills, Drills and Thrills For Kids and Teens with special needs. Beginner and Intermediate skill level groups, Inside and Outside courts. Tuesdays, 3:45 - 5 pm 

Volunteer buddy support, indoor and outdoor courts. Six Tuesdays every Fall and Spring at the Page Youth Center, 4540 Hollister Avenue, SB

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

Summer 2017, 10am to 3pm, Mon - Fri, for young people ages 14-22 with developmental disabilities. Week long 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

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

Best Day at Leadbetter Beach 

2017 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.

Sand and surf day

August 2017.  Learn to surf, kayak, and boogie board.  Contact Cathy Abarca.

CONNECTIONS at friendship center

Weekly workshops provide brain training designed to help people retain cognitive skills, including memory, logic, language, and math skills. They include fun and challenging games, puzzles, and memory enhancement exercises. 

Offered in Montecito on  Mondays 10 am- 2pm and in Goleta on Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. For more information call (805) 969-0859.