Update Regarding COVID-19 and Inclusion Programming:

All Inclusion Programs and have been postponed until further notice. In-person programming will not begin until King County reaches Phase 4 of the Safe Start Plan

Although our programming is on pause, there are still many things we can do to stay healthy, happy and engaged. Below is a list of resources that can help you and your loved ones during these difficult times. Many of these tools are designed for people with disabilities, but these tools can be helpful to people of all abilities as well. If you have resources that you would like to share, please email Kevin Hutchinson at kevin.hutchinson@cityoffederalway.com and they can be added to the list.

There will be virtual “Learn 4 Life” courses starting in June. You can register through this link. I will also be offering one-on-one meetings for those who would like to have a conversation about any topic regarding this pandemic. Anyone including participants, caregivers, or parents can sign up for a time slot. These meetings can be via phone call, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime. Please click the link below and list your name and phone number or username for an online tool. 

General Resources

The Arc of King County This webpage has tons of resources for people with disabilities including Special Education support, COVID-19 information regarding people with disabilities, FAQs regarding stimilus checks, and much more. Click Here

COVID 19 Virtual Town HallThe Developmental Disabilities Administration, The Arc of Washington State and Developmental Disabilities Administration team up to discuss and answer questions related to the Coronavirus and its impacts on the DD community.Click Here

Best Buddies “Virtual Hang In”- Join this virtual hang out every Tuesday evening. You can play games, do trivia and just chat with your friends on Zoom. BBWA Virtual Hang-In Flyer

Best Buddies Citizens Program- Best buddies matches adults with and without IDD together in mutually enriching one-on-one friendships. Best Buddies Citizens Program_How to Join

Mental Health & Self-Care

Crisis Counselor Text Line: Here you can sign up to text with a mental health practitioner if you are feeling anxiety, depression or need any kind of help. Click Here

Mental Health Toolkit: This website has tons of resources for your mental health during this pandemic. Click Here

Meditation: This website has many different meditations to help you through this crisis. This can be a very useful tool to help anxiety, help to sleep and reduce stress overall. Click Here

Disabiltiy Resource: Here you will find some tips on mental health and phone apps. Click Here

Younger Ones

Common Sense Media: Virtual music lessons, virtual drawing lessons and virtual story time. Click Here

Flip Grid: Great for quick and easy video discussions, free. Click Here

PBS: How to talk to your kids about Coronavirus Click Here

Health & Fitness

Special Olympics of Washington: Join the “Fit 5 Challenge” and do these exercises to stay fit at home! Click Here

MoveItMonday- YouTube channel focusing on fitness videos for people of all abilities.Click Here

National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) Another great source for free videos. Click Here

Special Strong- Adaptive at-home workout plan. Click Here

Art & Leisure

Travel & Leisure: Tour 50 Museums from home.Click Here

Seattle Aquarium: Experience the aquarium from home! There are many activities, webcams and virtual lessons.Click Here

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Live Stream animals! Click Here 

Inclusion

The City of Federal Way strives to create an accessible environment in our general recreation programs for our diverse population. People of all abilities are invited to consider registering for any recreation program Federal Way Parks has to offer provided minimum eligibility requirements are met. To request an accommodation please allow 10 business days prior to the start of the course and fill out this form Inclusion Request Form (pdf). We also offer programs designed specifically for people living with disabilities in our Inclusion Programs listed in our quarterly brochure.

If you have any questions about accessibility in any of our programs, contact Kevin Hutchinson at kevin.hutchinson@cityoffederalway.com or 253-835-6927.

What We Offer

We offer an array of life-skill courses aimed at promoting independence, enhancing social skills, educating participants, and promoting a healthy life style. Course offerings include: Arts & Crafts, Therapeutic Drumming, Fitness, Theatre, Cooking, Special Olympic Sports, Social Clubs, Day Trips & Overnight Trips, Nutrition, Personal Safety, Job Skills, Personal Finance, Therapeutic Gardening, Reading Clubs, and more!

Why Inclusion?

Recreation inclusion playing bongosQuality of Life – Through inclusive recreation programs, an individual gains positive feelings of self-worth and personal growth. Our programs also focus on a healthy lifestyle that helps promote personal wellness. Social integration helps participants grow as individuals and provides self-satisfaction. Finally, support, accommodations & assistance are provided to individuals to help facilitate a positive experience in our programs.

Removal of Barriers – Attitudinal barriers are minimized through education, staff training, and interactions between participants with and without disabilities. Physical barriers are eliminated to help facilitate participation by people of all abilities. Finally, our programs encourage the ideas of “risk taking,” personal growth, personal choices & social integration to help encourage an inclusive environment.

Interaction Within Our Community – Our trips are designed to help foster social interactions of our participants with the community as a whole. We offer a full array of activities in diverse settings which help to educate our participants and other citizens of Federal Way. These interactions will help to provide positive future notions of people with disabilities.

 

City of Federal Way Inclusion Policy (pdf) Inclusion Scholarships (pdf) INCLUSION CALENDAR 2020 (PDF)

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