Specialized Programs for People with Disabilities

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The Specialized Programs section of Seattle Parks and Recreation provides a variety of engaging and exciting recreation opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities. 

Fall Program Updates

Specialized Programs is planning a limited number of small indoor programs for Fall 2021, starting at the end of September. Due to our social distancing requirements, we will limit the amount of people registering for each program. A brochure will be mailed out next week. Below is a preview of what we have planned. Please note this is all subject to change depending on current recommendations and guidelines from Seattle Parks and Recreation's management and our Safety Office. DDA or Scholarship funds can be used if available.

Mandatory Requirements as we prepare to begin Fall Programs: 

  • Wearing of masks
  • 6 ft of social distancing between participants
  • Daily health screening upon arrival (temp check and screening questions)
  • If arriving on Access, bring a completed "Wellness Form" completed that morning to answer screening questions. 
  • Do not bring food to program, unless specifically noted
  • Community Centers will be open to registered participants only
  • Community Center lobbies will not be available for caregivers to wait in before or after programs. 

At this time, Specialized Programs will not be holding in person sports practices or participating in Special Olympics Tournaments. If an athlete is interested in finding a team in the area that is running practices, please call the Athlete Hotline: (206) 681-9362 to get support from a Special Olympics staff member.    

Youth Programs (ages 6-21)

Schools Out Hang Out

Let's have some after school fun! Participate in enriching group activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, puzzles, and more. Activities are designed to promote socialization, increase independence, and explore new leisure interests. No 1:1 supervision is provided. 

Dates: Tuesdays: September 28 - December 7, no program November 23
Times: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
Cost: $35 for the quarter
Location: Meadowbrook CC
Registration: Tuesday, September 7, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950Can choose Schools Out Hang Out and be on Wait List for Ready, Set, Get Active.

Ready, Set, Get Active!

Time to burn off some energy! This open gym weekly program is designed to help youth learn new active games while developing social skills.  No 1:1 supervision is provided. 

Dates: Wednesdays, September 29 - December 8, no program November 24
Time:
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Cost:
Free
Location:
Miller Community Center
Registration: 
Call (206) 684-4950. Can choose Schools Out Hang Out and be on Wait List for Ready, Set, Get Active.

Staycation Saturdays

Come enjoy some fun, in house activities while socializing with friends!  Structured group activities will promote social skills, trying new things, and making independent choices.  No 1:1 supervision is provided. 

Dates: Saturdays: September 25, October 2, October 16, November 13, December 4
Times: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, bring a sack lunch and drink  
Cost: $15 each Saturday
Location: Garfield Teen Life Center
Registration: Wednesday, September 8, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950. Participants can sign up for 2 dates and be on the wait list for 3.

Sensory Friendly Saturdays

Engage in games, science, art, music, sensory exploration, indoor and outdoor activities, and some free play. Activities are fun, purposeful, and emphasize each child's strengths to promote independence. This program in designed for youth who need a HIGH level of support to transition, complete activities and socialize. (Please discuss with staff if this program is appropriate for your child.) 

Dates: Saturdays: October 9, October 23, November 6, November 20, December 11 
Times: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm, bring a sack lunch and drink   
Cost: $15 each Saturday
Location: Garfield Teen Life Center
Registration: Wednesday, September 8, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950. Participants can sign up for 2 dates and be on the wait list for 3.

Youth Transition Program (ages 13-30)

Social Space

Come enjoy some fun, in-house activities while socializing with friends!  Structured group activities will promote social skills, trying new things, and making independent choices.  No 1:1 supervision is provided. 

Dates: Fridays: October 1 - December 10, no program November 12 or 26
Times: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 
Cost: $40 for the quarter
Location: Van Asselt CC
Registration: Thursday, September 9, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950.  

Wellness Wednesdays  - Virtual Program

A weekly online program. Participants must have access to a device with a camera to participate. Activities will include games, crafts, projects and more based around the domains of wellness. The first 10 minutes will be "free time" to socialize and be silly.

Dates: Wednesdays: September 29 - December 8, no program November 24
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Cost: $10 
Registration: OPEN
Register by Email: PKS_Specialized_Programs@seattle.gov Registration will close at 20 participants. Staff will reply with a confirmation when you are registered. You will be emailed a WebEx link to join the program. Please mail in payment after you are registered to the Specialized Programs Office: 4554 NE 41st, Seattle 98105

Adult Programs (ages 21 & older)

Fitness with Friends

A movement-based program where we will stretch, play games, and try new exercise routines.  All activities can be adapted to meet participant's mobility levels.  We will head outside for walks when the weather permits.

Dates: Tuesdays: September 28 - December 7, no program November 23
Times: Session #1: 10:00 - 11:30 am,  Session #2: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Meadowbrook CC
Registration:  Monday, September 13, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950. Sign up for 1 of the 2 sessions. Space limited to 15 people per session.    

Sunshine Social

This weekly program offers structured group activities that build social skills, independence and friendships! Join us for themed celebrations, games, crafts and more!

Dates: Thursdays at Bitter Lake CC, Fridays at South End location to be determined Thursdays: September 30 - December 9, no program November 11 or 25 Fridays: October 1 - December 10, no program November 12 or 26
Times: Session #1: 10:00 - 11:30 am,  Session #2: 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Cost: $30 per session
Locations: Thursdays at Bitter Lake CC, Fridays at Van Asselt CC
Registration: Tuesday, September 14, starts at 9 am by calling: (206) 684-4950.Sign up for 1 of the 4 sessions. Space limited to 15 people per session.   

Rec Round Up - Virtual Program  ** NEW ** day & time!

A weekly online drop in program that has structured group games and activities lead by staff. This program can be enjoyed online or by phone and is free.

Dates: Wednesdays: September 29 - December 8, no program November 24
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Call in to WebEx: (206) 207-1700, Access Code: 
The WebEx link to join online is NEW because of the day and time change. Email staff if you would like it sent to you: PKS_Specialized_Programs@seattle.gov

Online Videos 

View over 235 of our past program videos on the Specialized Programs YouTube playlist


In non-pandemic years, the Specialized Programs unit of Seattle Parks and Recreation offers year-round activities for people with disabilities. The purpose is to provide recreational opportunities for individuals who may choose to participate in activities specifically designed and conducted by trained staff to best meet their needs. We offer:

  • Special Olympics Sports of all kinds
  • Wheelchair basketball teams
  • Weekend trips
  • After school programs
  • Classes, such as: cooking, dance, pottery, and drama
  • Extensive camping program during the summer
  • Adult day programs
  • Evening socials

The programs are particularly suited to people with a range of cognitive and physical disabilities . The Specialized Programs staff will also work with individuals or family members who would prefer to integrate into other Department programs but need some type of accommodation such as an interpreter.  

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for our program. Please visit this page for more info, and also check out Part 1 and Part 2 of these videos on Facebook about the application process!

Seattle Adaptive Sports

Seattle Parks and Recreation Specialized Programs is proud to partner with Seattle Adaptive Sports.

Seattle Adaptive Sports' mission is to enable people with disabilities to push beyond their limits and realize their full potential, using adaptive sports as a vehicle for personal growth. SAS offers team adaptive sports like wheelchair basketball, sled hockey, and power soccer. For more information, please contact them at (206) 963-0916 or info@seattleadaptivesports.org.