San Jose - Parks and Recreation (Therapeutic Recreation Services)



The City of San José, Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) has provided recreation opportunities for persons with disabilities since 1972. TRS, a section of the City of San José Department of Parks, Recreation & Neighborhood Services, provides recreation, education and community services to enrich the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.


To thrive as individuals and as a larger society, people must feel connected to others around them in positive ways. This is especially important to people with disabilities, who may feel isolated and are often excluded because of architectural or attitudinal barriers. Recreation opportunities foster community connection, both in spirit and in activities. Recreation also promotes wellness, boosting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


The social and recreational opportunities provided by Therapeutic Recreation Services focus on abilities, rather than disabilities, and achieve the following:


Enhance independence

Improve social skills

Increase self-esteem

Connect people and families with community resources

Provide opportunities to contribute to society

Promote community integration

Therapeutic Recreation Services is divided into two major service areas: All Access Sports and Recreation and Grace Community Center.


San Jose's Office of Therapeutic Services offers a wide variety of programs for children, teens and adults with special needs, including spring camps for children and teens with disabilities, summer camps for children and teens with disabilities, diabetes type 1 camp, diabetes type 2 camp, asthma camp, year round teen social club for teens with disabilities, cooking classes, sports and fitness classes, check out the possibilities in the 'all access' brochure.

Folks must now visit and then mouse over the Programs and Activities link on the left hand navigation and select Therapeutic Recreation Services