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Children with Special Needs

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The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of programs, activities and classes for all members of our community; including children with special needs. Parents wishing to enroll their child with special needs in any of the City’s programs, activities and classes should make sure to complete the space on the Registration Form (PDF) where requests for special accommodations can be made. Those parents that complete this section will be contacted by Parks and Recreation Department staff so that all reasonable requests can be made to accommodate the inclusion of their child.

A variety of activities can be found in the MANHAPPENINGS activity guide. Check out some of the Golden Heart Ranch classes.

Parents looking for after school or vacation activities for their child with special needs need look no further than the REC Program, REC Camp, REC Summer CampTeen Center Program, Teen Center Vacation Days, Teen Center Summer Camp, and the Aquatics Program. Each of these City-sponsored programs has children with special needs as regular program participants. When, due to the nature of a child's disability, the child requires an aide or caregiver provided by the family, our staff will work closely with the child's caregiver to maximize inclusion in the program.

Recently, City Council directed staff to research and develop additional ways to service the children with special needs of our community. Expanding current services, programs and activities, creating new ones and augmenting the services and programs of local organizations working with children with special needs are all options that are under consideration.

The City offers dedicated times for children with special needs to participate in events such as the Pumpkin Race and the Holiday Snow Park.

Additional Resources
Parents interested in additional opportunities for children with special needs are encouraged to contact the following organizations:

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