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Lisbeth Garces and the Board of Directors of Juan Carlos Organization, express sincere gratitude to our community partners that incorportate JCO classes into their programs.

Employment & Community Options Poway

A non-profit organization that educates and empowers adults with developmental disabilities with the skills and knowledge necessary to achieve their personal goals and optimum potential in life.

Living Independently is for Everyone

The support staff at Living Independently Is For Everyone; believes all individuals have the tools to take control of their lives. 

Toward Maximum Independence

TMI is dedicated to assisting children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy, as well as the deaf and hard of hearing, to live, work and participate in their community. Our services are available throughout San Diego, Riverside and Imperial Counties.


Lisbeth Garces and the Board of Directors of Juan Carlos Organization, express sincere gratitude to our community partners for their donations of funds, materials, time, or talents.

Funks Most Wanted

A must for FMW is a high energy party happening on the stage, just like the party on the dance floor. (Left-right:) Charles "Charlie" Lenud, Stuart "Stu B" Thomas, Clay "Cashmere" Watkins, Mike "Magic" Minor, Eric "Easy" Griffith, Dana "Tuf" Allen, and Rulon "Master Ru" Davis..

Manny Cepeda Orchestra

"Classic Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bachata, and Cuban Music!"

Mission Beach Women's Club

"Dedicated to community service, charitable giving, educational enrichment and social opportunities."

Christ Lutheran Church, Pacific Beach

An inclusive Christian Community: "All are welcome in this place!"

Tributes and Dedications

JCO family and friends that wanted to honor a family member.

From Lisbeth Garces and Stacey Bonitati

A gift to honor the life of Cristina Cimmarusti, who was taken from us too soon. A smile that lit up every room she entered. A beautiful person inside and out.

From Camille and Bill Doane

A gift to honor the life of Steve Kowit, irreverently sweet guy and local poetry teacher. A tireless advocate for the oppressed, he would have loved seeing all people being treated with respect in Lisbeth's classes.

From Anthony Stypinski

A gift to thank Lisbeth for helping make my father, Leszek Stypinski, happy during his final years.  Leszek was Lisbeth's oldest Zumba student at 102 years.

From Melodee and Tara Arnold

A gift to honor the life of Ruthie, Forever Hope.

From June Melin, M.D.

A gift to honor the life of Brock Denham, lost to SIDS at five months.

From Barbara Barmatz

A gift to honor the life and work of Evie Melnick, a dedicated teacher of students with learning disabilities, from her sister.

From Jane and Peter Doft

A gift to honor the life of Rebecca Katz Doft.

From Jacqueline Hanson

A gift to honor the life of Paul Louis Hanson, beloved brother and dear friend.

Community Resources

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Sleep

     Given that studies have shown upwards of 80% of young people diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (and that number is equally bad for adults) aren't getting the necessary amount of sleep, the team at the Tuck Sleep created a new guide to help. The guide covers everything from a comprehensive overview of ASD, how it affects sleep, expert sleep management information for people with ASD, and much more.

Together We Grow

    Together We Grow is the recognized leader in pediatric care. It is a place where medically fragile and typical children grow together in an inclusive environment. In a developmentally appropriate setting, these children play and learn together, focusing on fun and learning activities. With two facilities in San Diego County, Together We Grow is the largest pediatric day health care center in California.

     Our goal is to provide a place where children are accepted for the individuals they are. They are challenged in our inclusive environment, according to their respective abilities.

     Individualized attention means that each child receives care and support in a nurturing environment. At Together We Grow each child is empowered to confidently explore the world at his or her own pace.

Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF)

    It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation┬« (CAF) to provide opportunities and support to people with physical disabilities so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. CAF believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.

     Learn more about the Challenged Athletes Foundation┬« on their website www.challengedathletes.org

Disabled Sports USA

    Disabled Sports USA's mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.

    Every day, we work hard to pursue our vision that "every person, regardless of ability, has an equal opportunity to participate in sports and recreation in their community."

    Learn more about Diabled Sports USA on their website http://www.disabledsportsusa.org

Wheelchair Accessible Travel Guide by TripBuzz

    TripBuzz has greated a useful blog page with many good links and advice about traveling with a wheelchair and much of the advice is also applicable to all travelers.

    Today, individuals who use a wheelchair can travel by nearly every mode of transportation to virtually everywhere in the world. But whether traveling two hours or two thousand miles away, traveling with a wheelchair still requires a lot of thought and careful planning. Wheelchair users must not only consider how to get from point A to point B, but what they need to do to prepare for the trip, whether they'll find wheelchair accessible accommodations and attractions at their destination, and even little ways to make traveling with a wheelchair easier. Without proper planning, wheelchair users may find traveling more frustrating than accessible.

Adaptive Skiing Resort Guide, Top Destinations by Vouchercloud

   Vouchercloud has created a nice blog page with many good links and advice for those interested in Adaptive Skiing. 

    Adaptive skiing provides people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of snow sports at resorts and facilities throughout North America. This resource informs adaptive skiers of all levels how they can access and enjoy programs at many of the major resorts in the US and Canada.

San Diego Parks & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services

    The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Services (TRS) program provides sports, recreation, leisure and outreach services to San Diegans with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Services include therapeutic recreation programs and adaptive sports opportunities, which address the special needs of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty accessing and participating in recreation opportunities offered to the general public. Under the direction of Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists, activities and services are designed to maintain or improve the physical, cognitive and social functioning of those who have limitations. Target population is children and adults, ages 3 and up, with any type of disability.

San Diego Regional Center

   The San Diego Regional Center is one of 21 Regional Centers for persons with developmental disabilities in the State of California. These centers were originally established to assist persons with mental retardation (intellectual disabilities) and their families in locating and developing services and programs within their communities.

    It is the philosophy of the Regional Center that each client shall be provided with opportunities to participate in everyday living experiences that permit development to the highest potential.

TRACE Services

    It is the mission of TRACE to prepare students (with support from staff, friends, colleagues, and family) to make informed decisions regarding present and future plans about vocational placement, living arrangements and recreation. Program focus areas include: Personal growth, Self-Advocacy, and Community Access. Support is provided to facilitate healthy, safe and meaningful experiences within age-appropriate natural community settings.

    Several TRACE students participate in Juan Carlos Oranization dance classes.

The Arc of San Diego Leisure Express

     If you are looking for trip and travel adventures geared to the special needs community or looking for local activities check out the many opportunities available from The Arc of San Diego.

    The Arc of San Diego's Leisure Express Local provides community based therapeutic recreation activities for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Diego. The goal is to provide recreation activities that aide in improving skills such as: socialization, communication, health & wellness, independence, and self-esteem.

    The Arc of San Diego's Leisure Express Trip & Travel offers a wide range of quality vacations for teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disablities. Our goal is to provide diverse travel opportunities to support and empower individuals to achieve their life goals.

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Copyright© 2013 Juan Carlos Organization. All Rights Reserved. Juan Carlos Organization is a not-for-profit organization. Articles of Incorporation classifying the Juan Carlos Organization as a tax-exempt, non-profit with 501(c)(3) status were approved on May 4th, 2012 by the California Secretary of State, and the organization became IRS approved on September 21, 2012, retroactive to May 4th, 2012. See the IRS Determination Letter.