Summer can be an isolating time because we no longer have school to anchor us to the community. It can feel like we’re all of a sudden left on our own and are solely responsible for the care of our (not so easy) children. It’s so important for both parents and kids to stay connected over the summer. Check local community calendars for meetups and other social opportunities. They’re out there! —Rachel Nemhauser (Parent to Parent, The Arc of King County)
If you haven’t had the time or opportunity to locate summer activities for your son or daughter, below are a list of options and avenues to explore.
Some require more planning than others, but not all. Don’t rule out events that are for the whole community. There are lots activities and events that everyone can enjoy. Sometimes, showing up helps open doors for others with similar accessibility and accommodation needs.
Community Centers and YMCA
Craft classes, yoga, cooking, music, swimming, arts, and special events are often low cost and easy to join.
Walt Disney World Resort offers services to help Guests with cognitive disabilities—including those on the Autism Spectrum—maximize their Resort experience.
Not only do libraries host free events and story times, but they are a great resource for finding out what else is going on in the community.
Local Parks and Recreation
City and county recreation programs provide inclusive opportunities for children and adults of all abilities, as well as specialized programs. In addition to classes, community events such as music in the park are free and don’t require advance sign up. Check your local paper or community notices for times and locations.
Outdoors for All (located in Seattle)
Adaptive and therapeutic recreation for children and adults with disabilities.
Events for children and families in the Puget Sound region.
Non-profit community groups, such as Elks Club, Lions Club, Kiwanis, Easter Seals, as well as many faith organizations, have programs and activities to benefit children and adults with disabilities.
Special Needs Camp
The Center for Children with Special Needs has a statewide directory of camps, including tips for parents on what to expect and how to prepare. Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs has a directory of camps.
TSA Procedures for Children with Disabilities
TSA procedures for screening children with disabilities and medical conditions.
All inclusive vacation packages for individuals age 16 and older.
Additional Recreation Resources
Inclusive Playgrounds and Parks
Use the Center for Children with Special Needs interactive map to find an accessible playground near you! Each listing provides detailed information about the unique features for children and individuals with special needs.
Recreation and Sports for Children and Youth with Special Needs
Organizations and resources offering opportunities for your family and child with special needs.
The Arc of Snohomish County 2018 Recreation Guide
Recreational opportunities help children develop confidence, independence, new skills, and friendships.
The Arc of Spokane Explorers and Youth Transition Program
Opportunities for youth ages 13-17 to meet new people, try new things, and learn more about what our community has to offer and how YOU may be able to get involved!!