Specialized Programs

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2020 Summer Program Status

The difficult decision has been made that we will not offer in-person programs this summer. For both Youth and Adults, weekly and all overnight and day camp programs for Summer 2020 are cancelled.  We find this action necessary to keep our participants and staff safe, and to abide by the current social distancing recommendations of King County Public Health and the CDC.

However, since the Stay-at-Home Order went into effect, our team has been creating original content that we post on our "Seattle Parks and Recreation Specialized Programs" Facebook page and SPR Specialized Programs YouTube playlist.  We are providing virtual content almost daily to include art, cooking, American Sign Language, movement breaks, chair exercises, aerobics, dance tutorials, and reading books aloud.  In addition to our online programming, we are hosting two weekly phone-in programs, and are developing monthly "Rec to Go" packets for people to use at home.  

We will work with our Business Service Center to get full refunds out to all families who have registered and prepaid for programming.  We appreciate your support as we handle these notifications, and your patience as we navigate this difficult situation.

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 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.