Social Recreation Services


From July 1, 2009 until June 30, 2021, regional centers were prohibited by Welfare and Institutions Code section 4648.5 from purchasing camping (or related expenses), social recreation activities, or nonmedical therapies for any client unless the client met the criteria for an exemption. Effective July 1, 2021, regional centers’ authority to purchase those services, was restored; changes to Welfare and Institutions (W&I) Code section 4648.5 restored regional center authority to fund camping services and associated travel expenses; social recreation activities; educational services for children three to 17, inclusive, years of age; and nonmedical therapies, including, but not limited to, specialized recreation, art, dance, and music.

Socialization, leisure and recreational opportunities are recognized as essential for the health and well-being of all individuals. Alta California Regional Center (ACRC) promotes involvement in age appropriate activities. Participation in community activities and with organizations such as sports and hobby groups, clubs and other community service organizations is encouraged.


Social Recreation Activities, Camp and Non-Medical Therapies restored

Key Considerations

Social recreational activities play an important role in the lives of all people. People with developmental disabilities may face barriers to developing relationships in social and recreational settings. ACRC promotes access to age-appropriate activities for children and adults so that individuals can fully and actively participate in all aspects of life and we recognize and value the importance of family, friends and community, with a commitment to promoting full inclusion within our community. 


Recreational Programs

Generic Resources

City of Sacramento Access Leisure Program quarterly newsletter Sports and Leisure Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

Special Olympics of Northern California

Disabled Sports, USA A recreational website for people with disabilities. discusses information on the program and has a schedule of events.

Therapeutic Recreation Services Therapeutic Recreation Services year-round programs ages 5 – adult

Challenger Division Flyer