Specialized Programs for People with Disabilities

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Public Health Notice

As directed by Seattle King County Public Health, Seattle Parks and Recreation will require proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative test, for entry to all recreation facilities starting Monday, October 25.  . All participants, 12 years old and older, will need to show proof of vaccination, or proof of a negative COVID-19 test, each and every time they enter an SPR facility or rental venue. More information


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

Specialized Programs offer recreational programs citywide to adults and youth with disabilities. We have a brochure quarterly. Get on our mailing list by calling (206) 684-4950

  Mandatory Requirements as we prepare to begin Winter Programs: 

  • Current Participant Information Form
  • Wearing of masks
  • Bring proof of Vaccination or Negative Covid 19 test every day you attend
  • 6 ft of social distancing between participants
  • Daily health screening upon arrival (temp check and screening questions)
  • If arriving without a caregiver, bring a completed "Wellness Form" every day. This form is to be completed every morning.
  • 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 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.    

Specialized Programs Winter Quarter Registration Please refer to our Winter 2022 Brochure for specific program registration dates and descriptions.

To view our Winter 2022 Brochure online click HERE  

If you'd like to be emailed a copy of our brochure, please contact: PKS_Specialized_Programs@Seattle.gov

If you'd like to be mailed a copy of the brochure please call us at: (206) 684-4950 and leave a voicemail with your name and mailing address. 


In-Person Programs: Refer to our brochure for specific call-in registration dates   

Youth (6-21): Staycation Saturdays, Sensory Friendly Saturdays, and Basketball Skills & Drills

Transition Age (13-30): Afternoon Hangout and Social Space

Adult (21 and up): Fitness with Friends (3 sessions offered), Sunshine Social (4 sessions offered), and Basketball Skills & Drills


Virtual Programs:

Register anytime to get updated links and access codes  

Transition Age (13-30): Weekly Wellness, formerly Wellness Wednesdays - now on THURSDAYS! 

All Ages: Rec Round Up - now on TUESDAYS!

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.