It is the purpose of Bellevue’s Parks & Community Services to provide people who live with disabilities the opportunities and choices for recreation, socialization and learning so that they can participate more successfully in the life of our community.
People living with disabilities successfully participate in program(s) of their choosing throughout the Bellevue area.
The Choices for People with Disabilities Plan provides an outline of recreational choices available for residents with disabilities. The Plan describes the process that Parks & Community Services uses to support the inclusion process & specialized recreation, thereby encouraging those living with disabilities to participate in the programs of their choosing.
Adaptive Recreation Opportunities
Summary of programs offered at Highland Community Center, not all programs are offered each quarter, please check the current quarter Connections Recreation & Activity Guide, to find out what is being offered.
Adaptive Recreation Registration Form - Winter
For Adults and Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
Saturday Adult Bowling
Come out to Tech City Bowl and knock down a few pins with your friends, show off your skills, and just have fun.
Full Fitness Fun:
Learn about nutrition, meal planning, exercise and how to live a healthy lifestyle. This class requires commitment to do some form of exercise outside of class time. You will also exercise during class two times a week. We will have a variety of exercise routines to keep you motivated. We will also learn to make good choices in restaurants that taste good.
Take me out to the ballgame. It’s fast, furious and fun. Learn the fundamentals of the game while enjoying team sports.
Come and enjoy playing a variety of fun sports with friends. This class will play Basketball, Volleyball, Hockey, Kickball and indoor softball. This will be a great opportunity to try out a new sport.
Be part of a cheerleading squad and come learn new skills and work as a team. This team will be part of the Eastside Elite program which is the official cheerleading program of the Bellevue Parks & Community Services. This class is open to teens and adults. Tuition includes a Dream team elite T-Shirt. Participation in performances is optional.
Exercise and fun all rolled into one. New players at all levels of ability are welcome. We practice twice a week. Special Olympic competition is optional. Our coaches provide leadership at the Special Olympic tournaments. If a participant needs assistance with toileting, eating, dressing, or severe behavior intervention, an assistant must accompany that participant during their stay at the tournaments.
Exercise and fun are rolled into one. New players at all levels of ability are welcome. We practice twice a week, and Special Olympic competition is optional. Coaches provide leadership at the Special Olympic tournaments. If a participant needs assistance with toileting, eating, dressing or severe behavior intervention, an assistant must accompany that participant during their stay at the tournaments.
Exercise and fun all rolled into one. New players at all levels of ability are welcome. We practice twice a week. Special Olympic competition is optional. Our coaches provide leadership at the Special Olympic tournaments. If a participant needs assistance with toileting, eating, dressing, or severe behavior intervention, then an assistant must accompany that participant during their stay at the tournaments.
Thursdays Highland now has open gym time for teens and adults with disabilities to shoot hoops. This is a free unsupervised program where no organized games will be played. This is just a fun time to come and shoot around. Ages 16 and up.
Enjoy this sport twice a week on Tuesdays/Thursdays without the stress of competition.
Learn basic cooking techniques for a tasty meal. Participants will share the meal that is prepared. Please note: Participants will only share what is prepared and will want to eat dinner before coming to class
After School Programs for Youth:
Highland Community Center offers after-school programs for children with disabilities from 2:30 to 5 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Fun With Technology
Bring your laptop or iPad and learn all the fun you can have using your personal devices.
Each year we offer 7 weeks of camps for youth ages 4-21.
Adult Adventure Education
This 10-week course is centered on weekly adventures into the community for a day filled with fun and excitement. Participants must register for the course to be entered into the "lottery drawing".
Friday Night Out:
Have a nice relaxing evening at Crossroads Mall with a dinner and a movie.
Meet new friends and come out to have a fun and relaxing evening with various indoor activities each week.
Come and get your creative juices flowing and make fun arts and crafts projects.
Movie critics will love our weekly movie film program right before adult social club. Please bring a brown sack supper.
Come try your luck, win prizes (not money). Not everyone will win, but maybe it will be you.
Adult Ballroom Dance:
Step out for a fun dance class where the basics of ballroom will be taught.
Adult Swing Dance:
Learn the moves from the 30's to the 90's, from Benny Goodman to Elvis to The Backstreet Boys.
Highland is offering a new program for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Want something fun to do after work or school or you just want to come early? Now you have the chance to come to the Highland Center and hang out with friends. A variety of activities will be available including movies, games, reading materials, crossword puzzles. There will be something for everyone to do. Bring your dinner or snacks to eat before your evening programs begin. Participants must be able to self motivate, as this program will not have staff to supervise. Wandering around the building will not be allowed. A bonus on Tuesdays and Thursdays you also have the option to go to the gym and shoot hoops for free. No additional cost to use the gym. Ages 16 up.
This evening art class is for the more serious artist. Each week a different medium will be taught from watercolor to colored pencil drawings and much more.
Adult Country Line Dance:
Learn to line dance in a fun atmosphere. Get ready for the barn dance by taking this class.
Cultural Mix Dance:
You will learn a little bit of dance and culture from areas around the world. Come and learn how people dance from faraway places.
Be a start in your own video, green screen, character creation, storytelling, costume design are just some of the skills you will learn in this class.
Picnic, Dances, & Events
Aloha/Picnic and Dance:
Warm summer evenings, tropical breezes, pineapple, papaya and the annual Highland Center Summer Potluck in conjunction with the Aloha Dance will fill your summer night. Flyers will be posted as to what food/beverage you will need to bring. Potluck 5pm and dance at 7:00pm
Mosey on down to the Highland Center for our end-of-the-session dance. Please pre-register for Highland Center dances.
Come and show us you’re Disco Fever! Dance to the greatest and latest disco music.
Start planning your costume now! Come dance the night away if you dare. Our annual costume showcase will highlight the evening. We'll have witch's brew and spooky delights for all. Must register for dance.
Get out your holiday best and plan an elegant evening or just come as you are. Bring a non-perishable food donation to be given to the Multi-Service Center food bank to help during the holiday season. For teens and adults with developmental disabilities. Must register for dance.
Cupid brings chocolate and fun times to Highland. Come and dance, dance, dance.
This annual event serves individuals over the age of 16 living with developmental disabilities. Meydenbauer Yacht Club provides the ships and volunteers to join the parade along the Lake Washington Shoreline. Individuals interested in attending please register. Space is limited. Interested volunteers please contact Mary Boyle at 425-452-4118 Meet at Meydenbauer Yacht Club, 9927 Meydenbauer Way SE; Bellevue, WA 98004.
Other Programs Of Interest
King County Family Coalition for Developmental Disabilities
Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of most months, please contact Joe Cunningham 206-829-7048
Brain Injury Support Group
Resources, fellowship is all a part of the bi-monthly support group. Program is intended for those living with head injuries and their loved ones. Group meets the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at Highland Community Center, (except for holidays) from 12:30-2:30pm. For more information please call 206-897-5755 or visit BrainInjuryWA.org