INCLUSION AT FWCC

Federal Way Parks and Recreation is a cornerstone of inclusive community engagement, offering a wide range of innovative and impactful inclusion programs. With a strong commitment to diversity and accessibility, we strive to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all residents to enjoy.

Our inclusion programs are thoughtfully designed to cater to individuals of different backgrounds, abilities, and interests. From adaptive sports leagues and specialized recreation activities to inclusive art workshops and cultural events, Federal Way Parks and Recreation ensures that everyone can participate and feel a sense of belonging.

If you have any questions about accessibility in any of our programs, contact Sabrina at

sabrina.bates@cityoffederalway.com
or 253-835-6927.

It is mandatory for all participants to update their inclusive recreation intake forms to the most current version before PARTICIPATING IN 2024 programs.

If you are new to our programs and are looking to get involved, please fill out our Inclusion Intake Form so we can better understand your needs!

Please fill out the form digitally OR print and email to Sabrina.

sabrina.bates@cityoffederalway.com
or 253-835-6927.

Why Inclusion?

Quality 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.

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!

BROWSE THROUGH THE TABS BELOW FOR A SUMMARY OF EACH OF OUR OFFERINGS

Please join us on our exciting day-trips throughout the Puget Sound region! Please have participants arrive 15 minutes prior to departure time. All fees include admission if applicable. Please bring a sack lunch or $20 for lunch on all trips. Due to high demand, participants are only eligible to register for 6 trips.

Sundance Circle Horse Stables        

Connect to equine for an afternoon at the barn.  Have the opportunity to groom horses, feed treats, prepare hay meals, learn about riding equipment and lead horses on a walk around the pasture. Guided by trained professionals.

Lumen Field Tour                                  

A behind-the-scenes look at one of Seattle’s most iconic venues. learn something new as we stop visit the field, locker room, flag deck, press conference room and more!

Seattle Aquarium                                    

Experience hands-on marine experiences with fun and exciting ways to discover more about the Puget Sound

Fircrest Community Yard Sales         

Come spend the day thrift shopping over 80 yard sales at this community wide event!

Lakewold Gardens FairyFest                     

Explore the gorgeous garden grounds and enjoy a variety of enchanting activities including art projects, live music, dance performances, fairy houses and more!

Taste of the Northwest                    

Indulge in the flavors of the South Sound with over 150 food and marketplace vendors, live entertainment, chef cook-offs and various other activities!

Zoo and Ice Cream   

Spend the day visiting a variety of zoo animals and enjoy an ice cream treat after!   

Lake Tapps Beach Day      

Bring your swim suit and towel and enjoy the summer weather by the lake! Swim at a sandy beach, play lawn games, have a picnic and spend time with friends.

Midsummer Renaissance Faire 

Join in for weekend 2 of the Renaissance festivities “Pirates’ Plunder: A High Seas Adventure”. Enjoy performances, musical acts, art markets, novity creatures, a variety of foods and non-stop entertainment!

Wolf Haven Sanctuary 

Visit a serene hands-off sanctuary where you can see up to 12 wolves and learn about their lives in captivity and the wild. 

Tacoma Rainiers Game

Let’s cheer on the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners at Cheney Stadium for an evening game!

CHECK OUT OUR PHOTO GALLERY

Click below to explore a gallery showcasing heartwarming moments from our inclusive events and programs!

CALENDAR

This calendar provides a preview of our current and upcoming inclusive recreation offerings. For more information please click the button below. Please make sure to always register for programs to get the latest information as some activities may be cancelled or rescheduled.

OUR RECREATION PROGRAMS ARE FOR EVERYONE

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.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Check out our additional resources for community connections, virtual tours, and more online fun!

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

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

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

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

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 

Road Trip from Home: Virtual Field Trips. Click Here

Explore the wonders of Dubai’s Museums: Virtually. Click Here

Best museums in Singapore: Virtual Tours. Click Here

Best Virtual Tours in Ireland: Click Here

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