Update Regarding COVID-19 and Inclusion Programming:
All in-person 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. Virtual Programming is ongoing.
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 email@example.com and they can be added to the list.
There will be virtual “Learn 4 Life” courses starting in September. You can register through this link. Friendship Theatre will also begin virtually in September. 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.
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 Hall–The 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
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
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.
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!
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.