Persons with Disabilities

Access to Recreation

Recreational activities provide the opportunity for people of all abilities and backgrounds to meet and share time with each other in ways that encourage friendship to take root and flourish.

The Access to Recreation program, as well as the other Parks and Recreation Department activities and programs, enable people to establish ongoing friendships through discovering common interests.

Friendship: Jessica's Story

Jessica and her friend"My daughter Jessica has Angelman Syndrome. She is unable to speak or understand the world as most people do. My mother's heart grieved as her limitations made making friends almost impossible." Read more.

  • For information on activities and events for people with disabilities, call 360-487-7058.
  • Medications reminders must be given to staff prior to departure on outings.
  • Families may use their respite money to pay for classes. If an activity is canceled and respite was used to pay for it, we will issue credit to be applied to other activities.
  • Prior notice is needed if a participant displays challenging behaviors.
  • Participants must register for activities within their age category.

2015 Summer Camps

Sensory Camp

Ages 5-11. This summer camp provides a safe, structured, and engaging environment strategically designed for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) which is part of, but not limited to, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This is the only program in Clark County providing this recreational program to children with SPD. Sensory camp is a place where these children are able to be themselves and have what every other kid has, to be a part of their community. Camp runs for seven weeks during the summer, five days per week, from 9:30am to 2:30pm. Given the intensive services needed by campers with SPD, the camp provides a tailored environment and a ratio of well-trained staff to camper at approximately one-to-two. Location: Lieser Elementary School. Camp is held June 29 – August 14. Weekly fee: $180/$207

Access to Recreation Day Camp

Ages 13-28. Participate in outings to local parks, crafts, games, and special events. Spend time with old and new friends. This popular program is a must for summer fun. We have a DJ on Fridays. Tuesdays they will visit restaurants. If they wish to purchase lunch send $8. Bring a sack lunch and drinks M-F. Weekly fee: $150/$173

Community Access Day Camp

Ages 15-28. This camp is for more active participants capable of walking long distance, learning the C-Tran system and who can provide personal care independently. Bring a sack lunch and drinks M-F. Have a bus pass or bring $3.75 M,W,F for C-Tran. Weekly fee: $150/$173

Register for Access to Recreation classes and activities

Inclusion means everybody plays!

Vancouver Parks and Recreation invites people of all ages with disabilities to fully participate in any of the exciting programs offered throughout this recreation catalog. Call 487-7057 for more information or to plan your recreation experiences.

  1. Register for the program of your choice
  2. Complete the Inclusion Intake Form (Must be completed once a year)
  3. Notify the Inclusion office of the program you registered for each time you do a new registration. Accommodation requests must be made 15 working days prior to the start of the program.

After your program is completed please let us know how your experience was by completing an Evaluation Form

To use your own caregiver, please fill out the application forms below.

Please see the documents below for specific policies relating to inclusion.

Additional Resources

For Volunteer Opportunities please visit the Volunteer website.

Print a scholarship application or pick one up at: