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. 

Paid Summer Internships for Youth with Disabilities

Soar with us! Thanks to the Teen Enhancement fund, we are proud to offer the OSPREY internship program this summer! What is OSPREY? Opportunities in Specialized Programs: Recreation Employment for Youth. Individuals with disabilities who are between the ages of 13 and 24 are invited to apply. Explore the links below to learn more and for application materials.  

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.

Internship Opportunity

The Specialized Programs unit is pleased to offer a 16-week Therapeutic Recreation internship from May-August. The deadline to apply is February 8. Download the manual below for full details and application instructions.