Families consistently indicate that Social Recreation services are their biggest needs. In fact only 23% of parents indicate their their adult with disability has enough friends or social opportunities (ASC 2016 Survey).
As a parent, there seems to be three stages to acquiring the play, communication, and social skills for social recreation activties:
- Acquiring skills – usually done in home, school, or therapeutic setting
- Practicing skills in a safe environment
- Practicing in more independent settings
The resources below provide a wide range of activities and supervision. Please make sure you check out the group or activity to make sure it will be a good fit. We have a list of resources that are “autism friendly,” but also check your city’s Park and Recreation Department. Many will have adaptive sports, special needs programs, or your child or the adult may be able to participate in the typical class.
Social Recreation Resources
The Autism Society Inland Empire Autism (ASIE) maintains these Resource Listings as a service to families as a reference tool. Every effort is made to ensure listings are up-to-date. ASIE does not endorse or claim to have personal knowledge of the abilities of those listed. The resources listed are not intended as a recommendation, referral, or endorsement of any resource or as a tool for verifying the credentials, qualifications, or abilities of any organization, product or professional. Users are urged to use independent judgment and request references when considering any resource associated with diagnosis or treatment of autism, or the provision of services related to autism.
The Autism Society Inland Empire provides information but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society Inland Empire cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. The Autism Society Inland Empire may add or remove organizations from this list at its discretion.