Special Needs Program

The City of Lake Forest suspended programming and closed the following facilities to the public until further notice:

  • City Hall
  • Community Center
  • The Clubhouse Senior Center
  • Performing Arts Center
  • Lake Forest Sports Park Recreation Center
  • Lake Forest Sports Park Synthetic Fields
  • Lake Forest Sports Park Soccer Fields
  • Basketball courts at Lake Forest Sports Park, Mountainview Park, Foothill Ranch Park, and Tamarisk Park
  • Etnies Skatepark of Lake Forest
  • Heroes Park
  • Playgrounds throughout the City
  • Picnic shelters throughout the City

Though these recreation facilities are temporarily closed, the Community Services division launched a Virtual Recreation Center to provide the community with engaging virtual recreation opportunities.  Click here to visit the Virtual Recreation Center.  

The closures are in line with the Executive Order signed by Governor Gavin Newsom signed on March 19. The order is intended to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Executive Order may be found here: https://covid19.ca.gov/img/Executive-Order-N-33-20.pdf.  

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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, call (949) 273-6978 or email Recreation Supervisor Kevin Fernandez at kfernandez@lakeforestca.gov



Special Needs Resources

OrganizationContact Information
Alliance of Abilities/Harbor Househttp://allianceofabilities.org/harbor-house.html
Apex PROaupair 
https://proaupair.com/
Autism Behavior Services, Inc.
http://www.autismbehaviorservices.com/
Autism Learning Partners-OC 
https://autismlearningpartners.com/locations/orange-county/
AYSO special needs soccer
http://www.aysosoccer.org/
Beach Kids Therapy Center
https://www.beachkidstherapy.com/
Behavior Change Interventions

http://www.behaviorchangeinterventions.com/


Behavioral Concepts
https://bc-aba.com/
Behavior Frontiers
https://www.behaviorfrontiers.com/
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
https://www.bethesdalc.org/
Brain Balancehttps://www.brainbalancecenters.com/locations/california/lake-forest
CalOptima
https://www.caloptima.org/
Canyons to the Sea OT
http://www.canyonstotheseaot.com/
Center for Autism & Neuro Disorders
http://www.thecenter4autism.org/
Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD)
https://www.centerforautism.com/
College Nannies & Sitters
https://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/
Dayle McIntosh Center 
http://daylemc.org/
Dreams of America
http://dreamsofamerica.org/
Fair Housing Council of OC

http://www.fairhousingoc.org/


Attorney Joseph Geis/special needs trusts and Conservatorships
https://www.specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com/
Goodwill of Orange County 
https://www.ocgoodwill.org/
Hand-n-Hand Square Dance Club
caren.bowman@sbcglobal.net  
Hope Autism Therapies
http://www.hopeautismtherapies.com/
Lake Forest Special Needs Committee 


(949) 461-3453
Lakeshore Learning Materials

https://www.lakeshorelearning.com/

Mobility Professionals
http://www.mobilitypros.com/
Muscular Dystrophy Association
https://www.mda.org/
New Vista School
https://www.newvistaschool.org/
OCAPICA
https://www.ocapica.org/
Olive Crest 
https://www.olivecrest.org/
Pathfinders Learning Inc
https://www.pathfinderslearning.com/
Pathway to Hope
http://pathwaytohope.us/
PlayWell Child Life Services 
https://www.playwellchildlife.com/
Positive Behavior Supports (PBS Corporation)
https://www.teampbs.com/
Regional Center of OC
http://www.rcocdd.com/
Saddleback College
https://www.saddleback.edu/
Saddleback Valley Pop Warner Football & Cheer - Challenger Program 

https://www.svpw.org/


Segerstrom Center for the Arts 
https://www.scfta.org/
Selogie & Brett LLP 
(714) 899-9998
Soothing Stitches Project Inc.

https://www.thesoothingstitchesproject.org/


South OC SELPA/CAC
https://www.saddlespace.org/wuc/socselpa/cms_page/view
Specialized Outdoor Adventure Recreation (S.O.A.R.)
iheartsoar@gmail.com
Spirit League – Basketball, Baseball & Soccer for Special Needs Athletes
http://www.spiritleague.org/about/
State Council on Developmental Disabilities, OC
https://scdd.ca.gov/orangecounty/
Bo Syrotiak, Licensed Occupational Therapist & Adaptive Class Instructor
https://www.anaheimregionalmc.com/Clinical-Services/Rehabilitation/Meet-the-Therapists.aspx
The Prentice School 
https://www.prentice.org/
TOPSoccer
https://www.topsoccer.us/
United Cerebral Palsy OC
https://www.ucpoc.org/
United Studios of Self Defense 

https://ussd.com/


Us Too Gymnastics
https://www.ustoogymnastics.org/
Vocational Visions 
http://www.vocationalvisions.org/
Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapy
https://www.weethrivetherapy.com/