Specialized Programs

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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. Currently we are offering virtual recreation for our participants and families to stay connected and healthy from the comfort and safety of home, such as: daily program videos, weekly call in and/or online programs, quarterly special events that are either drive thru or virtual, and a quarterly "Rec 2 Go" kit.  

Find program videos shared daily on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/SPRSpecializedPrograms/

  • Mondays: "Picture Book" with Hanna
  • Tuesdays: "Hannah's Kitchen"
  • Wednesdays: "Art with Sav" and "Harry Potter with Hanna"
  • Thursdays: "Rec Round Up" -  Facebook Live 
  • Fridays: "Skills and Drills" with Kat    

Weekly Drop In Programs

These are drop in social programs for Specialized Program participants of all ages, via phone or WebEx online. No registration is required for these free programs. Call in numbers and access codes will be shared in late December in our newsletter and on our Facebook page. Want to use your camera and participate online? Email staff for the WebEx link: PKS_Specialized_Programs@seattle.gov

Rise & Shine Line: Mondays, March 22 - June 14, no programs May 31. A free flow conversation led by participants with staff available to assist as needed.

Chatline: Tuesdays, March 23 - June 15. Staff will provide structured questions for the group and facilitate a conversation. Designed to provide a space to socialize and have conversations with peers. 

Rec Round Ups: Thursdays, March 25 - June 17.  Structured group games and activities led by staff.  A Facebook Live recording of this program will be available to watch on our Facebook Page. Staff support is available for both programs. For information on how to join, email: PKS_Specialized_Programs@seattle.gov   

Other Online Programs

Wellness Wednesdays: This is a new online program for Teens and Young Adults ages 13-30 with disabilities. Participants must have access to a device with a camera to participate. Activities will include games, crafts, projects and more all based around domains of wellness. This program will be offered every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30pm on WebEx. To register, email: PKS_Specialized_Programs@seattle.gov  

Quarterly Rec 2 Go Kits Each quarter we will be featuring a new Rec 2 Go kit with supplies to recreate at home independently or along with our Virtual Programs for that quarter. Kits cost $10. Contact the Specialized Programs Office to check on availability.

Monthly Special Events

Flix & Friends: An online event for all ages. Each quarter we will base our activities around a new movie - this quarter is THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2. Flix and Friends Activity Packets will be in our Spring Rec 2 Go kits and will be available for download on our Facebook page in early April. The movie will not be shown at the event. Join these events online or by phone.

Friday Night Socials: An online event for Youth and Young Adults ages 4-30. Come see your friends, play games, and engage in other staff facilitated activities. Join these events online or by phone. 

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.