Specialized Programs

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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. 

Specialized Programs is hiring!

We are hiring temporary, intermittent Recreation Attendants to support our programs year-round. Many shifts are available with locations all over the city. If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and a cover letter to kyle.bywater@seattle.gov.   

If you are interested in summer employment as a Camp Counselor for youth with disabilities, please send your resume and cover letter to kyle.bywater@seattle.gov.

Internship Opportunity for Youth

The OSPREY program is a paid internship for youth, ages 13-21, with and without disabilities. Interns will gain a meaningful job experience working in a summer camp setting. This program is made possible through the Seattle Parks and Recreation Teen Enhancement Grant.  

Where & When:
June 23-26
July 7-10
July 14-17
August 4-7

Shift hours:
Tuesday from 4 - 8 p.m.
Wednesday/Thursday from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday from 9 a.m. - noon  

Location: Camp Long, 5200 25th Ave SW, Seattle, WA  

To apply, please submit an essay (500-word max) describing why you would be a good fit for this internship and what you hope to learn. Share any special skills or interests, as well as previous work or volunteer experiences that may be relevant. A parent/guardian/job coach may assist with the application process. Mail your essay to: Specialized Programs, 4554 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105  

Deadline: May 15, 2020 Interns will be notified by June 1, 2020. 

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.