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.  


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 soccerhttp://www.aysosoccer.org/
Beach Kids Therapy Centerhttps://www.beachkidstherapy.com/
Behavior Change Interventionshttp://www.behaviorchangeinterventions.com/
Behavioral Conceptshttps://bc-aba.com/
Behavior Frontiershttps://www.behaviorfrontiers.com/
Bethesda Lutheran Communitieshttps://www.bethesdalc.org/
Canyons to the Sea OThttp://www.canyonstotheseaot.com/
Center for Autism & Neuro Disordershttp://www.thecenter4autism.org/
Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD)https://www.centerforautism.com/
College Nannies & Sittershttps://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/
Dayle McIntosh Center http://daylemc.org/
Dreams of Americahttp://dreamsofamerica.org/
Fair Housing Council of OChttp://www.fairhousingoc.org/
Attorney Joseph Geis/special needs trusts and Conservatorshipshttps://www.specialeducationattorneyatlaw.com/
Goodwill of Orange County https://www.ocgoodwill.org/
Hand-n-Hand Square Dance Clubcaren.bowman@sbcglobal.net  
Hope Autism Therapieshttp://www.hopeautismtherapies.com/
Lake Forest Special Needs Committee (949) 461-3453
Lakeshore Learning Materialshttps://www.lakeshorelearning.com/
Mobility Professionalshttp://www.mobilitypros.com/
Muscular Dystrophy Associationhttps://www.mda.org/
New Vista Schoolhttps://www.newvistaschool.org/
Olive Crest https://www.olivecrest.org/
Pathfinders Learning Inchttps://www.pathfinderslearning.com/
Pathway to Hopehttp://pathwaytohope.us/
PlayWell Child Life Services https://www.playwellchildlife.com/
Positive Behavior Supports (PBS Corporation)https://www.teampbs.com/
Regional Center of OChttp://www.rcocdd.com/
Saddleback Collegehttps://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/CAChttps://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 Athleteshttp://www.spiritleague.org/about/
State Council on Developmental Disabilities, OChttps://scdd.ca.gov/orangecounty/
Bo Syrotiak, Licensed Occupational Therapist & Adaptive Class Instructorhttps://www.anaheimregionalmc.com/Clinical-Services/Rehabilitation/Meet-the-Therapists.aspx
The Prentice School https://www.prentice.org/
United Cerebral Palsy OChttps://www.ucpoc.org/
United Studios of Self Defense https://ussd.com/
Us Too Gymnasticshttps://www.ustoogymnastics.org/
Vocational Visions http://www.vocationalvisions.org/
Wee Thrive Pediatric Therapyhttps://www.weethrivetherapy.com/