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What social and recreational opportunities are available for my adult with special needs?

Everyone wants a fulfilling social life. For most people, navigating the intricacies of relationships can be difficult. For a variety of reasons, it is even more challenging for adults with special needs.  Click here  for conversation starters and practical advice about discussing these issues with your loved one.

There are a growing number of social opportunities for your adult child with special needs in the Greater Los Angeles area. These include secular and religious classes, social groups, theater and expressive arts groups, and sports instruction and teams. Click on the links below to learn more.

In the Jewish Community

Chaverim – Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles 

Chaverim is committed to providing social activities that enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities. Activities include outings, classes, holiday celebrations, and trips.

ETTA Recreational Programs

Darrison Family Shabbaton Program brings together Etta participants, volunteers, and the L.A. Jewish community to share a warm Shabbat experience. Summer@ETTA offers full-day programming for several weeks during the summer and is staffed to provide one-on-one support for each camper, ages 13-40.

Hand In Hand, Malibu Jewish Center

This program provides young adults with special needs an opportunity to socialize with mainstream peers, learn new skills, and have fun.


This group provides a welcoming Jewish community for students taking classes at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Pierce College or Los Angeles Valley College.

Jewish Deaf Community Center (JDCC) 

Programming offered includes social events, cultural activities, and community services. This includes a Havurah (friendship) group for singles, teens and families. JDCC conducts High Holiday services and a community Passover Seder in American Sign Language.

The Miracle Project: Adult

Using the arts as a vehicle for self-expression and personal growth, The Miracle Project encourages adults 18 and up to find their voices while practicing life skills in a safe, nurturing environment. Highlights include an inclusive theater group and expressive arts programs.


A joint venture of Valley Beth Shalom and Temple Aliyah, OurSpace provides formal and informal Jewish educational programs for children and young adults with special needs.

OurSpace programs include:

  • B’Yachad Bet -This is a monthly social group, hosted at Valley Beth Shalom, for teens and young adults. Activities include outings to concerts, bowling, movies, museums and parks. Contact Maeva Carter at
  • Voices of Hope/Kolot Tikva Choir: A choir for children and young adults - Participants join together to learn and sing Hebrew and English songs. Throughout the year, the choir has numerous opportunities to perform at synagogue services, programs, and Jewish community events in Los Angeles. For details, contact Hazzan Mike Stein at or Susan North Gilboa at
  • The Artistic Spectrum of Jewish Learning for Adults – Encourages adults with special needs to participate in life-long Jewish learning through the arts, while socializing with friends and community.

In Greater Los Angeles

Broadway Gymnastic School, Inc.

This school offers gymnastics classes for people with special needs. BGS is the training center for Westside Special Olympics and is vendored by Regional Centers.

Club Maple – Glendale

Organized by the Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, this free therapeutic recreation program is specifically designed for individuals with disabilities.

The Help Group’s Club LA

Club LA is an exciting social community for young adults ages 18 to 35 who have diverse challenges. Each event offers a different social activity for participants. Activities may include anime events, gaming tournaments, hiking or nature walks, beach days, movie outings, or other events throughout LA county. There is a nominal fee to participate in Club LA events


KEEN is a national, nonprofit, volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with intellectual and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers.

Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

This center provides swim lessons and aquatic activities for children and adults with special needs, as well as aquatic therapy.

Special Olympics of Southern California

Special Olympics of Southern California empowers individuals with intellectual disabilities to become physically fit, productive, and respected members of society through sports training and competition.

As your adult with special needs embarks on his or her adult life, it’s a good idea to keep health and safety in mind. Click here for more information.

For more information about social and recreational opportunities, click here to be connected with an LAJAC Case Manager or Intake Specialist.  

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