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.

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Special Needs Ballroom Basics brought to you by Dare to Dance

Starting Winter 2018 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.


Art Workshops brought to you by Lisa Albert

Local favorite art instructor, Lisa Albert, will be hosting seasonal art workshops specifically designed for young adults with special needs. Lisa is a credential teacher with ABA training who will guide students in making seasonal projects. These workshops will be a great way to increase self-esteem, practice socialization skills, and promote creativity. A fun time will be had by all. Artists will take home a special keepsake at each workshop. Participation of aids, caregivers, or accompanying family member is highly encouraged (only participants are required to register in the class).

List of upcoming workshops!


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The City of Newport Beach partnered with the Special Olympics Southern California to offer a Basketball Tournament on April 28, 2018 at Newport Coast Community Center.


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 Another Special Olympics basketball team 2018



If you have a child, adult or senior with special needs, please take our SURVEY to help us get a better idea of the types of programs our special needs community might be interested in.



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.