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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.


  • 1992 Gold Medal Award atthe National Recreation Parks Association Congress
  • Spotlight Silver MedalAward 2009
  • Recognition of Merit Awardfor the San Andreas Regional Center Service Above Self Awards in 2013
  • Community Resource of theYear Award in 2004 from San Andreas Regional Center
  • Community Merit Award fromthe National Alliance on Mental Illness of Santa Clara County in 2005
  • Commendation Award fromCindy Chavez in 2004
  • 40th AnniversaryCommendation from the San Jose City Council in 2011
  • City of San Jose District 3Community Honoree in 2009



All Access Sportsand Recreation (AASR) offers a wide range of programs for people withdevelopmental, cognitive, and physical disabilities.  AASR offers a wide range of wheelchair sports programs thatpractice weekly at different sports venues in the City of San José. Cosponsored with Far WestWheelchair Athletic Association, these programs also provide regional and nationalwheelchair sports competitions, clinics, and camps. We also provide socialopportunities and recreation classes for children and adultswith disabilities. Special events and community outings integrateindividuals with disabilities into community programs to facilitate independentlifestyles.

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The Grace Community Center,located in downtown San Jose,is a therapeutic recreation center which serves adults with mental illness andother cognitive disabilities. 

The therapeutic andrecreation staff is committed to creating a place where instead of isolationand marginalization, there is safety, acceptance, and meaningful engagementwith others. Members are provided with support in maintaining and improvingmental health and level of functioning through the modalities of therapeutic recreation and expressive arts. The center's goal is to serve the social, recreation andtherapeutic needs of adults with mental illness and other cognitivedisabilities.

Drop in activitiesinclude art groups, process and support groups, sports and fitness activities,nutrition, and programs which teach daily living skills.  Grace also offersaccess to fitness equipment, a computer lab, a pool table, and other loungetype areas where members can relax with music, television, or just socialize withothers.

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Therapeutic Recreation Services collaborates with communitypartners to enhance programming, reach a wider population, and provide qualityservices to the community.A few include:

  • American DiabetesAssociation
  • Valley Medical Center
  • Rehabilitation ResearchCenter
  • Services for Brain Injury
  • Breathe California
  • Far West Wheelchair Sports
  • Santa Clara County Mental HealthDepartment


Internshipopportunities are available for students in the field of Recreation Therapy.For information, contact:

Tracy Gott, CTRS at 408-793-5589.

For Marriage andFamily Therapy and Art Therapy internships, contact Debbie Reynolds, LMFT,ATR-BC at 408-794-7590.


Opportunitiesare available for students and community members. For All Access Sports andRecreation, see our listing on Volunteersquared.

For Grace Community Center,contact Jo Eclevia at 408-293-0422.

For Court-ordered volunteers, contactTeresa Olague at 408-293-0422.



The City of San José encourages and supportsthe participation of individuals with all ability levels in programs and services. To facilitate opportunities for people with andwithout disabilities and to engage in leisure pursuits together, the Department of Parks,Recreation and Neighborhood Services provides inclusion support services. These services include, but are not limited to, interpreters for the deaf or hearing impaired,improved signage, activity modification, additional staff training, accessible equipment and facility features, and support staff.To ensure the requested accommodation, please notify the specific facility where the program is provided at least two weeks in advance.

Once an accommodation is requested, you will be contacted bya Specialist to conduct an assessment, develop goals, and to provide necessarysupport.