The Therapeutic Recreation (TR) Unit provides year-round recreation, sport and leisure programs for children, teens, and adults who have difficulty participating in recreation due to the presence of a disability. Participants of Therapeutic Recreation programs include individuals with cognitive, neurological, physical, or emotional disabilities, and/or sensory impairments. A formal disability diagnosis is not required for participation.
|Recreation Supervisor||Cecilia Laufenberg, Recreation Therapist Certified|
|Recreation Therapist||Devon Herbert, Recreation Therapist Certified|
Benefits to participation in Therapeutic Recreation programs may include improved social skills, enhanced self–esteem, increased independence and self-reliance, enhanced communication skills, eased fears, improved overall health, well-being, physical ability and functional ability, improved constructive use of leisure time, and elimination of boredom leading to reduced stress and anxiety. Benefits vary based on the individual and the program and are enhanced by communication between families and Therapeutic Recreation staff. The contribution of volunteers greatly enhances the individualized benefits to program participants.
Our park includes a one-of-a-kind "SensAbility Playground", an interactive play area stimulating senses and abilities. The playground features many unique play pieces including "Playville" miniature village, elevated sand table, "Sand Works", one backhoe digger, Tenor Marimba (a xylophone-like musical piece), Talking Bob, talking horns, a sign language panel, and several sensory panels. The play area is surfaced with sand and rubber, providing accessibility to approximately 60% of the playground.
Other important staff members include Recreation Leaders Rachel Schamp, Anthony Nzeribe, Emily Hare, Melanie Gonzalez, and Amzie Mattson. Also, our Basketball & Tennis Coach Albert (Al) Rodriguez, Swim Coach Carol Shreiber and Contract Instructors Anthony Espinoza and Billy Edwards.
Volunteers are a very important part of therapeutic recreation services contributing over 7,000 hours of service annually. A variety of volunteer opportunities is available for those ages 13 and older, including students who need service hours. The Therapeutic Recreation Unit offers an outstanding internship program for college students majoring in therapeutic recreation and interested in state certification. Volunteer Application (required)
AMERICAN DISABILITY ACT (ADA) COMPLIANCE: MISSION STATEMENT
Conejo Recreation and Park District (CRPD) strives to enrich the quality of life through the provision of quality recreation programs. We welcome people with disabilities in all recreation opportunities provided by CRPD, both through specialized options (Therapeutic Recreation) and inclusion alternatives.Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation office at 805-381-2739 or Inclusion@crpd.org for further information on program choices, for help with making a selection, or to request a program modifications. In order to evaluate and seek to reasonably accommodate your individual needs, we ask that you let us know of any requested modifications at the time of your registration.
ADA GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE
CRPD has developed an internal grievance procedure for prompt and equitable resolution of
complaints alleging any action prohibited by the United States Department of Justice regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Complaints should be addressed in writing to ADA Compliance Officer, Conejo Recreation and Park District, 403 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 or by email at ADAcompliance@crpd.org
• A complaint should contain the name and address of the person filing it, and briefly
describe the alleged violation of the regulations.
• A complaint should be filed within 30 days of the alleged violation.
• CRPD will conduct an investigation and notify the complainant of its findings within 30
days from receiving the written complaint.
Use of this grievance procedure is not a prerequisite to the pursuit of other remedies. CRPD strives to have all participants enjoy their experience in our programs and works to handle all concerns in a timely and fair manner.
The Conejo Valley Therapeutic Advisory Committee (CVTAC) provides advocacy, financial and volunteer support to Therapeutic Recreation Services. Members of this working committee represent various aspects of the special populations served by the Therapeutic Recreation Unit and help to guide the direction of the Therapeutic Recreation Unit. Guests or new members are always welcome. Please contact the Therapeutic Recreation Unit office for Committee meeting information.