Special Needs Programming

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The City of Newport Beach is proud to serve participants with special needs. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy an assortment of activities through our recreation classes and programs as well as specialized adaptive recreation programs. Check out below for a list of classes as well as local resources.

Winter 2021-22 SPECIAL NEEDS



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brought to you by Friendship Circle

An action-packed day camp for children with special needs, filled with fun camp activities ranging from sports, music, and spectacular games, to art, entertainment and exciting trips around Orange County. Campers are paired one-on-one with trained teen counselors who provide friendship and support. All staff members and volunteers are handpicked for their experience and dedication in working with individuals with special needs and are specially trained and briefed on each camper to ensure that participants have the safest and most exciting summer or winter break possible. Sign up for the week or just for the day that works for you! This camp is available one week per summer and over the holiday break each winter.

Register at www.friendshipoc.org


Special Needs Ballroom Basics brought to you by Definitely Dance

Join us for a dynamic dance class that is specifically designed for people 18+ with all types of special needs and developmental disabilities! Must sign up with a family member or caregiver, who will be your dance buddy throughout class. One registration per pair. Taught by our lead instructor, Mandy Mykitta, many dances will be represented. From the Waltz to the Hustle, we’ll teach you all the moves you need to own any dance floor!

Search for a list of upcoming classes.

Sunday Circle & Basketball Buddies brought to you by Friendship Circle

Join the Friendship Circle, and come together for a variety of entertainment, recreation and enrichment activities. This program offers a unique opportunity for children and teens to gain skills and confidence from group activities while still receiving one-on-one attention from their buddies. The Sunday Circle program helps to teach children everything from gross motor and cognitive techniques to communication and language skills. Specialized activities raise the spirits and promote creativity, while sports activities exercise gross motor skills and promote physical fitness.

Friendship Circle OC Basketball Buddies is a program for kids and young adults who would like to learn fundamental basketball skills and make new friends! Every participant will be paired up with a teen buddy who then assists them acquire their newly learned skills. Participants will play a scrimmage game each class



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The City of Newport Beach partnered with the Special Olympics Southern California to offer its 3rd Basketball Tournament on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Newport Coast Community Center. Register to volunteer for future events by clicking here. For more information call 714-564-8374 or email jcabrera@sosc.org.

Want to Volunteer for the Tournament?
For details, visit OC Newport Beach Area Basketball Competition.

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We are looking for contract instructors to teach to the special needs population. If you have relevant experience or expertise, please consider submitting a contract instructor proposal or call 949-644-3151 for more information.



List of local resources.